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The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum

1/F Thematic Galleries 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
18 May 2019 – 9 September 2019

Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Trustees of the British Museum
Jointly organised by Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the British Museum
Solely sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

The exhibition originated from a popular radio programme of the BBC with the British Museum, telling the story of human civilisation using 100 objects selected from the encyclopedic collections of the British Museum. Unlike traditional narratives that focus on selected periods or cultural zones, this exhibition reviews the common stories of human development in a new perspective. Tracing human activity from 2 million years ago to the present, the stories behind the objects reveal how mankind in various areas and cultures shared similar aspirations and development in aspects of power, belief, art, trading and technology. Through this broadened vision, visitors may gain new inspiration about the world we live.

Exhibits are selected from various geographical areas, showing man-made objects, not only exquisite art pieces, but a larger proportion being daily utensils and implements, currency, scientific instruments and ritual items that have been used. Highlights include the first human stone tool from Africa, the evidence of first city from Iraq's The Standard of Ur, Fifty Manillas involved in the slave trade, Ship's Chronometer from HMS Beagle of Darwin's world voyage, Japanese artist Hokusai's famous woodblock print Under the Wave off Kanagawa from the series "36 Views of Mt Fuji", and the issue of LGBT rights conveyed in the work of David Hockney, a famous contemporary artist. Each object tells a story that invites you to travel in time and to a curious corner of the world.

Special Programmes in association with the Exhibition "The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum"

 

Special Exhibition Admission Fee (Per Person)
Standard
(Adult)
Group
(Group of 20 Persons or More)
Concessionary #
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series:
A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum
$10 $7 $5

Exhibit Highlights

The Standard of Ur

The Standard of Ur

c. 2500 BC
Shell, lapis lazuli, red limestone and bitumen
Iraq
© The Trustees of the British Museum

 

Statue of Mithras

AD 100 – 200
Marble
Rome, Italy
© The Trustees of the British Museum

Statue of Mithras

 

Arabian Bronze Hand

Arabian Bronze Hand

AD 100 – 300
Bronze
Yemen
© The Trustees of the British Museum

 

Carving from the Great Stupa of Amaravati

AD 200 – 240 (carving)
Limestone
Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh, India
© The Trustees of the British Museum

Carving from the Great Stupa of Amaravati

 

Lewis Chessmen

Lewis Chessmen

c. 1150 – 1175
Walrus Ivory
Found on the Isle of Lewis, probably made in Norway
© The Trustees of the British Museum

 

Hebrew Astrolabe

1345 – 1355
Brass
Probably Spain
© The Trustees of the British Museum

Hebrew Astrolabe

 

Hokusai's Under the Wave off Kanagawa

Hokusai's Under the Wave off Kanagawa

1831
Woodblock print on paper
Japan
© The Trustees of the British Museum

 

Afghan War Rug

1979 – 1985
Wool
Afghanistan
Donated by Graham Gower
© The Trustees of the British Museum

Afghan War Rug

 

Fiel dos Santos' Mother

Fiel Dos Santos' Mother

2011
Metal, plastic, bone and wood
Maputo, Mozambique
© Fiel Dos Santos