Know your atoms from your alloys? Leap into the history and production methods of César’s fabulous Habitation, of 1960
Exotic beasts and precious materials from international trade networks define an exquisite marriage casket from seventeenth-century Germany
How an eighteenth-century glass dish emulates bioluminescent sea creatures through expert craft techniques
Part drinks vessel and part game, a jug that would have invited playful usage across seventeenth-century taverns and dining rooms alike
Pinpointing which semi-precious stones are inlaid into the frame of this portable altarpiece proves harder than you might imagine
This miniature pendant from the early seventeenth century raises questions about who it was for and what holy object it held close to the wearer’s heart
Learn the secrets of eighteenth-century Venetian glass-makers through this bowl, and see how they competed with Mother Nature herself
The game-changing drink became known in England from the seventeenth century via travellers to the Ottoman Empire and Safavid Isfahan. What can an eighteenth-century coffee pot recall about the ensuing social and intellectual pursuits that boomed in coffeehouses throughout the country?
Find out why this loom pulley is shaped like a beautiful female mask and is the object of the Guro weaver’s gaze
Carnations and tulips abound: do the swirling flowers on this Iznik dish hold a deeper cultural symbolism?
Get granular with the techniques and chemical components of glasses made in Venice and England
A pair of German miniature picture bibles bears witness to the talents of the Küsel sisters, who produced these devotional objects while navigating a time of religious upheaval
Islamic and Christian heritages intertwine in this Spanish lustreware dish
The monks of Mount Athos worked painstakingly on this carved wooden cross. Can you follow the biblical stories whittled intricately across it?