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Tin Figurine Featured Museum Objects Print

Tin Figurine

A seated figurine made from tin, with a little zinc. The figurine was found in 1853, three metres below the surface on Bodwen Moor, Lanlivery, Cornwall, near the site of an old smelting house or Jews house. Hebrew characters are still visible, variously interpreted as signifying Rapacious Eagle and Jehovah is our King'. Jewish settlers were involved in mining and smelting, especially following the Norman invasion of England and until their expulsion by King Edward I in 1290. When it was found, the figure was wearing a crown which was lost after it was taken to Lanhydrock House. The figure was gifted to the Royal Institution of Cornwall in 1948 by Lord Robartes of Lanhydrock. 13th century. Sculptor: Unknown

© RIC, photographer Mike Searle

Bronze Incense Burner (Koro), Japan Featured Museum Objects Print

Bronze Incense Burner (Koro), Japan

This incense burner dates from around 1800 and is in the form of a Chinese boy (karako) reading a book. Karako is a Japanese term meaning Chinese child'. It generally refers to Chinese children as they are portrayed in Japanese art, though the literal translation specifically references the Tang children of the Tang Dynasty [AD618-907]. The figures usually appear to be boys, wearing sets of conventional Chinese clothing and with their hair shaved and/or knotted in the traditional Tang style of this time. Karako are divine beings in Japanese mythology. They embody the innocence and joy of childhood and, as such, are often portrayed in scenarios where they are playing. Other interpretations find that karako are used to symbolise the wish to have a male successor who will gain high social status and also as a benevolent symbol which brings luck, happiness and prosperity. Gift of Alfred De Pass

© RIC, photographer Mike Searle

Turkish Crimea Medal 1855, Crimean War 1854-1856 Featured Museum Objects Print

Turkish Crimea Medal 1855, Crimean War 1854-1856

This medal was awarded to Colonel George Frederick Stevenson Call. It is one of 17 campaign medals awarded to members of the Call family, now in the museum collection. The medals date from the Peninsular War (1807-1814) to the Great War (1914-1918). The Call family served with the Royal Irish Regiment, which until 1881 was known as the 18th Regiment of Foot. It was also known as the 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot and the 18th (The Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot. The regiment was disbanded in 1922. The medal was issued by Sultan Abdulmecid I of the Ottoman Empire to allied military personnel involved in the Crimean War of 1854-1856. There were three different issues of this medal for those awarded to British, French or Sardinian personnel. On the obverse, the circular silver medal bears the flags of France, Turkey, Britain and Sardinia with the inscription CRIMEA 1855'. The flags surmount a cannon, anchor, mortar and map with a partly obscured Imperial Russian flag beneath. The reverse depicts a wreath, made from two sprigs of laurel tied together with ribbon at the base, enclosing the Sultan of Turkey's cypher and the year of the Hegira, 1271. The rim is inscribed with the recipient's rank, name and regiment. The ribbon, now faded, is crimson with vertical stripes of green. TRURI : 1931.40.47

© RIC, photographer Mike Searle