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03 Editorial

05 Insight Chantal Joffe admires an Assyrian guardian figure

07 News

08 Research news/ Digital

11 Acquisitions

15 Gifts from the past Olenka Horbatsch recounts the story of a bequest of Rembrandt prints

17 Around Great Britain

20 Across the world

22 Diary

24 The manga phenomenon Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere introduces a vibrant visual narrative form

30 A place of mystery and wonders Richard Wakeman and Charo Rovira Guardiola reveal the Museum in comics

32 Fun and games Robert Bracey discusses how games shape and echo our attitudes to value

34 Rejoining the past Peter John Higgs talks about the thrill of reassembling ancient Greek sculptures

38 Prints of love and angst Giulia Bartrum reflects on the radical work and eventful life of Edvard Munch

42 Collecting histories Ben Burt considers the origins of the Museum’s Solomon Islands collection

44 The first Brexit Sam Moorhead outlines Britain’s brief break with Rome in the 3rd century

46 Exploring the past Lauren Speed details the vital work that volunteers are doing in recording archaeological finds

48 Feeding the world Yi Chen shows how objects in the Museum reflect the politics of food production throughout history

50 Down by the river Gareth Williams unveils a recent Viking excavation

54 Industry and invention Susannah Walker shares George Cruikshank’s satirical observations

56 Carving out a collection Naomi Speakman celebrates three collectors of ivories

Nakamura Hikaru, Saint Young Men

(Saint Oniisan), 2016. © Hikaru

Nakamura/ Kodansha Ltd.

59 Book reviews

62 Special offers

64 Curator’s choice Jonathan Tubb examines an unusual bronze statuette of a Canaanite man

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Cover Edvard Munch, Eva Mudocci/ The Brooch, 1903. Lithograph, Munch Museum, Oslo.

British Museum Magazine Spring/Summer 2019

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