Object of the Month

Untitled 2 (from Note to Self) This photograph is from the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art in the Brooklyn Museum. It shows the artist Mary Coble's legs after a staged performance entitled Note to Self during which the first names of 438 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender victims of hate-crime murders were tattooed without …

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20 objects for 20 years of Harry Potter

In honor of 20 years of Harry Potter, arguably my favorite books since I could read chapter books, I have scrolled through the British Museum’s extensive collections database to find magical gems. Ancient Magic What better object to begin with than a magic wand! This is an amuletic wand from the Middle Kingdom, Egypt, 2050 …

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