228 22. THE BRITISH MUSEUM.
Cabinets 5-12. British relics of the flint period; on the upper shelves,
very old cinerary urns. Glass case A., in the corner, contains a large
piece of breccia from Dordogne, with remains of flint implements and
bones. Case B. : in the middle compartment, objects made of reindeer
horn; remains from the Swiss lake dwellings. The adjacent Circular Case
contains the Shield of Achilles, modelled by Flaxman. Cabinets 13-25.
Bronze objects and weapons of different kinds. Cabinets 26-35. Antiquities
of the bronze period, partly from Germany and Denmark. Cabinets 36-42.
Curious specimens of English bronze work, partly enamelled. Table
Case D. contains later Celtic antiquities. Cabinets 43-51. Roughly finished
cinerary urns and other vessels of clay and glass from Roman tombs.
Cabinets 52-53. Roman terracotta objects, made in England , and chiefly
'castaways' or imperfect. Cabinets 54-57. Roman pottery, drain-pipes, etc.;
two leaden coffins, found in London. Cabinets 58-59. Roman lamps,
ornamented. Cabinets 60-64. Plain Roman vessels and jugs. Cabinets
65-75. Various Roman antiquities; carbonised vase ; tomb of tiles; moulds
for coins, brooches , and trinkets. Table Case F. contains Roman anti¬
quities found in London. Cabinets 76-87. Anglo-Saxon antiquities: black
funeral urns and weapons. In Table Case G., trinkets; a small box made of
the bone of a whale, with Runic inscriptions of the 9th century. At the
other end of Case G. is a small collection of Early Christian Antiquities.
Mediaeval Collection. Wall-cabinets 88-97. Ivory carvings, chiefly
writing tablets and covers of books ; 92-93. Winged altar-piece, represent¬
ing the life of Christ. Case H.: Carved diptychs, mirror-cover, combs, and
chessmen; vessels of rock-crvstal and jasper; cameos and medals; the
huge sword of Edward V. (1480). Cabinets 98-100. Old frescoes; 101-107.
miscellaneous British objects, including a block of Heme's Oak, formerly
in Windsor Park, an Irish crozier, and several bells. Cabinets 108-115.
Metal work: old weapons, implements, and bells. Table Case I. contains
objects brought from Abyssinia in 1868. Cases K. and L.: Seats and im¬
pressions of seals. Case M.: Instruments for the measurement of time.
Case N. : Enamels. Wall-cabinets 116-121. English pottery; rude, glazed-
earthenware vessels of the 13th-16th centuries ; ornamented earthenware
and porcelain (old English porcelain of 1750 and 1762); below, coloured
bricks for paving and building. Cabinets 122-125. Pottery, chiefly from
Ihe site of the Temple of Diana at Ephesus. Cabinets 125-135. Italian
majolica (enamelled earthenware, 16th cent.). Cabinets 136-139. German
stoneware. Table Case O. contains some of the finer specimens of Ital¬
ian majolica, and two vases of Chelsea porcelain. Table Case P. holds a
large bridal casket with a relief on the lid of the bride being conducted to
the house of the bridegroom, and some smaller silver objects found at
Koine in 1793. — In the corner of this room, by the door to the Ethno¬
graphical Room, is the entrance to the —
Medal, or Gold Ornament Room (closed, admission by ringing the
bell). The collection of medals, gold ornaments, coins, and gems pre¬
served here is very complete and extremely valuable, being probably the
finest in Europe. The famous ""Portland Vase is also kept here. It was
exhibited to the public down to 1845, when it was broken to pieces by
a madman named Lloyd. It was afterwards, however, so skilfully
reconstructed, that there is now scarcely any trace of the disaster. The
vase, which is about 1 ft. in height, is of dark blue glass, adorned with
beautifully cut reliefs in opaque white glass, and was found in a tomb at
Rome in the early part of the 17th century. It came for a time into
the possession of Prince Barberini, whence it is also called the 'Barberini
Vase', and is now the property of the Duke of Portland. The subject of
the reliefs is a matter of dispute; some authorities maintain that they
represent the metamorphosis of Themi3 into a snake, others Alceste's
delivery from Hades ; the Museum Guide describes them as the meeting
of Peleus and Thetis, and Thetis consenting to be the wife of Peleus.
The Ethnographical Boom (PL 26) forms a department inter¬
mediate between those we have been examining and the natural