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These finely decorated porcelain flasks depict dragons – on the left with lotus flowers, and on the right between waves.

They were commissioned by the Ming dynasty Yongle emperor between 1403 and 1424 and were probably used by the imperial family as wine decanters. Their shape was inspired by Middle Eastern glass objects – in the early 15th century the Chinese emperors sponsored maritime expeditions that connected China with the Middle East, prompting new styles to become fashionable for the court. You can see them on display and explore Chinese ceramics from AD 400 to 1912 in Room 95.
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Suffragettes used coins like this one stamped with ‘votes for women’ to spread their message, even though it was a serious criminal offence. This 1903 penny was anonymously defaced between 1913 and 1914 at the height of the militant suffragette campaign, aimed at achieving the right to vote for women. Women were awarded the partial vote in 1918, winning equal rights in 1928.

Discover stories of dissent and protest through time in our #IObject exhibition. Find out more and book tickets via the link in our bio.

Supported by @Citi

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Journey through the subversive side of history and uncover thousands of years of dissent in our #IObject exhibition.
We invited Private Eye editor and Have I Got News For You panellist Ian Hislop to find stories of subversion and satire hidden in the Museum's collection. He's curated 100(ish) objects that challenge traditional views of history and tell the stories of the downtrodden, the forgotten, the protestors.
The Citi exhibition I object: Ian Hislop’s search for dissent is now open – book tickets via the link in our bio.
Supported by @Citi

🦉Owls are sometimes regarded as creatures of ill omen in Chinese culture. In 1973, a painting of a winking owl landed artist Huang Yongyu in trouble. Interpreted as a comment on Chairman Mao’s declining health, he was charged with blaspheming the socialist state. Eventually cleared, Huang protested by painting these two owls. The inscription mentions the artist ‘had no intention of making oblique comments through the depictions [of owls]’. Our new special exhibition ponders protest, uncovers unrest and delves into dissent through 100(ish) specially selected objects. #IObject is now open – find out more and book tickets via the link in our bio.

Supported by @Citi

There is a high concentration of rock art in Tassili n’Ajjer (meaning ‘plateau of chasms’) in the south east of Algeria. The desert landscape in this region is dotted with more than 15,000 rock paintings and engravings, dating back as far as 12,000 years. The art depicts herds of cattle and large wild animals such as giraffe and elephant, as well as human activities such as hunting and dancing. This photograph shows a piece of in-situ rock art that features a dog and a human figure with a bow and arrows. #RockArt #art #Algeria #dog #dogs #history #BritishMuseum

🐶This Roman statue of a Molossian hound stands just over one metre tall. These dogs were known for their fierce temperament and were related to the modern mastiff. They were often used as guard dogs by herdsmen and for household security in cities. Despite the fearsome reputation of Molossian hounds, this depiction shows a dog in a relaxed and obedient pose. It’s thought that this marble sculpture from around the 2nd century AD is a replica of an older Greek bronze that is now lost. You can see it on display in Room 22. #Roman #Rome #AncientRome #sculpture #statue #dog #dogs #InternationalDogDay #DogDay #🐶

It’s #NationalDogDay! 🐶🐕 This painted Chinese scroll depicts Pekingese dogs among plants.

What’s your favourite breed of dog? 🐩
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📸 The roof of the Great Court has 3,312 uniquely shaped glass panels and stands 26.3 metres above the floor! @amor_etti has captured the shadows cast onto the Reading Room in this lovely black and white shot.
Tag the location to share your pictures of the Museum with us – we love seeing them! #regram #repost #PhotoDay #BlackAndWhite #photography #photo #London #BritishMuseum #WorldPhotoDay

Here’s a brilliant photo taken by @ka.mm.y looking out over the Great Court from the upper floor. Have you taken any photos of the Museum? Share them with us by tagging the location and we’ll #regram our favourites! 📸
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📸 It’s #WorldPhotoDay! We love seeing your photos of the Museum – here’s a super one of the Great Court taken by @rorgphoto. Tag the location to share your shots with us and we’ll #regram our favourites! #repost #PhotoDay #BlackAndWhite #photography #photo #London #BritishMuseum #WorldPhotographyDay

🐈Japanese legends sometimes portray cats as evil-minded creatures – in one tale a cat-witch terrified a whole town in central Japan! Artist Katsukawa Shunsho hints at this portrayal in this painted scroll by giving the cat wide, staring eyes. This painting from the late 18th century is unusual in that it portrays a cat on its own – puppies and kittens were more common depicted alongside people. #InternationalCatDay #cat #cats #BritishMuseum #art #painting #Japan #artist #🐱

🐱This finely detailed print of a cat (and cheeky mouse!) was made in 1657 by Dutch engraver Cornelis Visscher. The artist has captured the quality of the stiff whiskers and soft, glossy fur. The cat appears large because it covers most of the frame, leaving just the corners for the arched window, the stone that contains Visscher's signature and the small mouse. #InternationalCatDay #cat #cats #BritishMuseum #art #print #engraving

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