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Welcome to the updated collection search. The entire database can be searched here and new records and images are added every week.

There are currently 2,233,368 records available, which represent more than 3,500,000 objects. 921,440 records have one or more images.

Last updated: 21 November 2015.

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Most images in the collection online are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license.

The largest images available are 750 pixels wide at 72 dpi. For most objects, you can also request high resolution images (with the longest edge at 2,500 pixels, which will appear at a maximum of 21 cm when printed at 300 dpi) for use under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license. You will need to register for our free image service with your name, address and email address, and the image will be sent to you as an email attachment.

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Please note: these terms of use apply only to images with the credit line © Trustees of the British Museum. Use of images with any other credit line is likely to require additional permissions. For advice, please contact the British Museum’s image service:

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