05 Insight Antony Gormley contemplates a sculpture from Rapa Nui
10 Gifts from the past Aileen Dawson describes an outstanding porcelain collection
13 Around the UK
16 Across the world
20 Reflected lives Venetia Porter investigates contemporary art from the Middle East
24 Hokusai’s pictures of everything Tim Clark discusses an exciting new acquisition
28 ‘The British Museum survives’ Marjorie Caygill recalls previous Museum closures
31 Messages from Roman Britain Richard Hobbs interprets the Vindolanda tablets 34 Treating the tablets Tania Desloge and Barbara Wills reveal their conservation techniques
36 Shining in the dark Jiyi Ryu gives an insight into Korean lacquer
38 Flying Cranes conserved Meejung Kim-Marandet details the conservation of a Korean painting
40 The bravest men on earth? Andrew J. Bayliss sets Spartan athletics in context
44 The Brooks slave ship Jill Cook analyses a jug with a surprising message 46 Drawing from nature Susan Owens tells the story of sketching out of doors
48 Hidden behind gods and kings Amara Solari and Matthew Restall reconsider the longevity of Mayan society
52 Britannia’s coinage Andrew Brown asks what the distribution of Roman coins can tell us about life in this outpost of Empire
54 Preserving knowledge in uncertain times Ceri Ashley outlines a project dedicated to maintaining craft skills that are under threat of extinction
Hatti Akilak (1938– 2010), Inuit, Baker Lake, Nunavut, Canada. Arctic Foliage. Felt and wool wall hanging. © Hatti Akilak.
58 Olives under the microscope Caroline Cartwright and James Fraser shed light on ancient olive production
61 Book reviews
64 Curator’s choice Rosina Buckland is enchanted by some playful monkeys
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British Museum Magazine Winter 2020