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  • A working-class male marionette

    Object Created date: c.1870 - 1890

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

  • Album of Baha’i calligraphy

    Manuscript Created date: early 19th – early 20th century

    An album of Baha’i calligraphy including childhood calligraphic exercises by Baha’u’llah and tablets by Baha’u’llah copi...

  • At the back of the North Wind

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    At the Back of the North Wind was a mid-Victorian blend of fantasy, reality and moralising by the Scottish author and Ch...

  • Banarasa-vilasa, Jain religious poetry

    Manuscript Created date: 19th century

    An anthology of Jain Digambara religious poetry. What is the manuscript? The Banārasī-vilāsa is a collection of philoso...

  • Bel Demonio and Fabian's Tower

    Book, Yellow back, Illustration, Image

    Ward & Lock closely followed Routledge as the most prolific publisher of yellowbacks, producing series such as the Run a...

  • Christmas card with picture of tea leaves

    Card, Illustration, Image Created date: c. 19th century

    Sir Henry Cole devised the first Christmas card in 1843, but it wasn’t until the 1880s that festive cards were mass prod...

  • Collection of rules for Buddhist monks

    Manuscript Created date: 19th century

    This palm leaf manuscript contains Bhikkhu Patimokkha and Bhikkhuni Patimokkha (rules to be obeyed in communities of mon...

  • Coloured illustrations of Buddhist heavens and hel...

    Manuscript, Illuminated manuscript, Image Created date: 19th century

    A folding book manuscript in 59 folds made in Upper Burma. It has tooled leather covers with paper labels dated Manadala...

  • Cover to Middlemarch [Book I]

    Serial, Illustration, Image

    This is the cover of Book I of Middlemarch, entitled ‘Miss Brooke’. George Eliot’s novel was published in eight instalme...

  • Depiction of a procession during the Buddhist Thad...

    Manuscript, Paper folding book Created date: 19th century

    A 19th-century Burmese folding book manuscript. What does it show? This manuscript contains images of eight festivals in...

  • Extracts from the Tipitaka

    Paper folding book, Manuscript Created date: 19th century

    An 19th-century funeral or commemoration book. About the manuscript This Thai folding book (samut khoi) made from mul...

  • Instructions for the sword, carbine, pistol and la...

    Book, Illustration, Image

    Soldiers in the 19th century were taught specific moves to maximise their impact in combat. Given the high stress and un...

  • Jagannath Puri temple

    Cloth, Painting Created date: 19th century

    A superb example of the Odisha tradition of painting on cloth (patha chitra). What is depicted in it? This painting fea...

  • Jewish marriage-ring

    Object Created date: 16th–19th century

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

  • Leaflet advertising Clowes & Tiller's Marionettes

    Advertisement, Ephemera

    Leaflet advertising Clowes & Tiller's Marionettes performing Maria Martin or The Murder in the Red Barn, and the New Com...