Collection and research departments

Ife head

Africa, Oceania and the Americas

A collection representing the cultures of indigenous peoples throughout the world.

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Faience wedjat eye (EA 26300)

Ancient Egypt and Sudan

Representing the cultures of the Nile Valley, from 10,000 BC to the twelfth century AD.

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Gilt-bronze figure of Shakyamuni


Objects from the whole continent: East Asia, South and Central Asia and South-East Asia.

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Gold mancus of Coenwulf, Kingdom of Mercia, England, AD 796-821

Coins and Medals

Home to one of the world's finest numismatic collections with over one million objects.

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Conservator working on an Iron Age cauldron

Conservation and Scientific Research

Preserving and investigating the collection for present and future generations.

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Black-figured amphora (wine-jar)

Greece and Rome

One of the most comprehensive collections of objects from the Classical world.

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Oxus chariot model

Middle East

Ancient and contemporary civilisations and cultures of the Middle East.

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The Ringlemere gold cup

Portable Antiquities and Treasure

Co-ordinates the Portable Antiquities Scheme and administers the Treasure Act.

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Sutton Hoo ship-burial helmet

Britain, Europe and Prehistory

From the earliest human tools in Africa and Asia to the art and archaeology of Europe up to the present day.

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Self-portrait by Rembrandt

Prints and Drawings

The national collection of more than a million Western prints and drawings.

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