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  • A working-class male marionette


    Marionettes were regular fairground entertainment, and the infamous story of the murder of Maria Marten became a touring...

  • Jewish marriage-ring


    This elaborate Jewish marriage-ring has a delicate pattern of twisted gold threads and bright enamel flowers. The ring f...

  • Manuscript chest


    This decorated wooden chest for a Kammavaca manuscript dates back to the 19th century and was made in north Thailand. ...

  • Skull given by Victor Hugo to Sarah Bernhardt


    This human skull was given to the French actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844–1923) by the novelist Victor Hugo (1802–1885). Be...

  • Statue of Geoffrey de Mandeville


    On 16 October 1834 the original Palace of Westminster was severely damaged by fire, started accidentally by the burning...