History that's been brilliantly objectified

Apr 25, 2015

History that's been brilliantly objectified

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When “A History of the World in 100 Objects” aired its final episode on Oct. 22, 2010, millions of loyal listeners eagerly tuned in. The BBC Radio 4 series, on which the current exhibition of British Museum artifacts at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum ...

Propaganda: artifice by design

Jul 8, 2013

Propaganda: artifice by design

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The word “propaganda” derives its modern use from the name of a 17th-century Roman Catholic institution, the Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide, or Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith. Established during the Thirty Years War (1618-1648, a sectarian conflict that devastated Europe ...

Scroll displays the human side of Perry's arrival

Apr 18, 2013

Scroll displays the human side of Perry's arrival

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“It’s come pretty much out of nowhere,” says British Museum curator Tim Clark, placing a small wooden box on the table — it’s about the dimensions of a shoebox, slightly weathered and lightly inscribed with fluid kanji characters. “It was in Japan until last ...