Game board with two pieces and a dice

Audio tour: collection highlights

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Enjoy extracts from our audio guide about some of the British Museum's most popular objects.

From ancient flint handaxes to a penny defaced by suffragettes, listen to the audio tour while looking at the objects in the timeline below.

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Object timeline

400,000–350,000 BC

Two British handaxes

A picture of two axe heads
Hoxne, Suffolk, England
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2600–2400 BC

The Royal Game of Ur

Game board with two pieces and a dice
Ur (modern Tell el-Muqayyar), Iraq, Asia
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645–635 BC

Relief of a lion hunt

Alabaster wall panel showing lion hunt.
North Palace, Nineveh (near modern Mosul), Iraq, Asia
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447–432 BC

Parthenon gallery

Sculptures from the east pediment of the Parthenon
Athens, Greece
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196 BC

The Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta Stone
Fort Saint Julien, El-Rashid (Rosetta), Egypt, Africa
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c. AD 250

Amaravati double-sided relief

A relief from Amaravati, India depicting people and animals
Amaravati, India
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Early AD 600s

The Sutton Hoo Helmet

Gold warrior helmet turned brown over time.
Suffolk, England
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1200

Hoa Hakananai'a

Hoa Hakananai'a sculpture made of basalt.
Probably Rano Kao, Easter Island, Polynesia
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1351

The David Vases

Two blue and white porcelain vases
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China, Asia
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1397

The Holy Thorn Reliquary

A reliquary made of gold and encrusted with sapphires and rubies.
Paris, France
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1400–1521

Double-headed serpent mosaic

A mosaic double headed serpent
Mexico, Central America
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c. 1545–1550

Iznik footed bowl

Footed bowl with blue and white decoration
Iznik, Bursa, Marmara Region, Turkey
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1580–1590

Mechanical galleon

A gilt figurine of a ship
Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany
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1500s–1800s

Samurai armour

Steel coloured Samurai suit and helmet with blue detail.
Japan, Asia
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c. 1650–1750

Moon jar

A white circular jar
Korea, Asia
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Mid-1800s

Warrior shirt

An Indigenous warrior shirt from Canada with long sleeves and decorative patterns on the shoulder and back
Alberta, Canada
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1903

Penny defaced by suffragettes

A coin defaced with a stamp proclaiming 'Votes for Women'
London, England
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2004

Tree of Life sculpture

A metal sculpture of a tree and a bird made entirely of weapons
Maputo, Mozambique, Africa
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