05 Insight Muriel Gray comments on the significance of a sledge made in the Arctic
15 Gifts from the past Stephen Coppel shows how successive benefactors shaped a collection of work by an Australian artist
17 Around the UK
20 Across the world
24 The world of Stonehenge Neil Wilkin shines a light on Britain’s best-loved Prehistoric monument and the society that created it
30 Poetic prints Akiko Yano introduces a collection of Japanese woodblock prints made in Kyoto and Osaka
Hokusai, ‘Mei Jianchi avenges himself on his enemies’, from The Great Picture Book of Everything,
1820s–40s. Purchase funded by the Theresia Buch Bequest, in memory of her parents Rudolph and Julie Buch, with support from Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation).
34 Dynastic ambitions Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis tells the story of Iran’s Pahlavi dynasty through coins and medals
36 How old was humanity? Clive Gamble looks back at a year when ideas about the origins of human civilisation were turned on their head
40 The forgotten fall of the Roman Empire Edward J. Watts discusses the decline and medieval rebirth of the Roman Empire
44 Postcards from the Acropolis Thomas Kiely highlights some remarkable images produced by visitors to the Parthenon
48 Women who dared to rule Katherine Pangonis gives an insight into some formidable female rulers of medieval Jerusalem
52 Early human violence Daniel Antoine, Isabelle Crevecoeur and Julie Anderson review what science is now telling us about Palaeolithic Egypt
54 Tantric goddess Imma Ramos presents a specially commissioned Bhutanese work
56 Indian polymath Andrew Robinson celebrates the work of Satyajit Ray
59 Book reviews
64 Curator’s choice Julie Adams investigates a barkcloth beater
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Cover Milky way over Stonehenge by Dr Sebastian Voltmer/ www.astrofilm.com
British Museum Magazine Winter 2021