The ‘Living with the Gods’ exhibition in the British Museum, which is set to open on November 2, will display many of the mysterious sculptures from around the world. One of the displays in the exhibit is what the British Museum calls the ‘Lion Man’, a 31 centimeters tall sculpture that dates back to some 40,000 years. Made from mammoth ivory, the sculpture has a head of a cave lion with a cat-like body that resembles a mysterious human being.
The ‘Lion Man’ starts off the exhibit in the most mystifying manner in the private tour British Museum. You can see the sculpture from up close when you tour British Museum this season. Below is what makes ‘Living with the Gods’ a must-see exhibition when in London.
All the Way from Japan
A notice board representing Japan of the 17th century will feature in ‘Living with the Gods’ by British Museum. The 1682 Japanese notice board denotes the persecution of ancient Japanese natives for accepting the Christianity religion, having allowed conversions by Jesuit missionaries at the onset. In a world driven by faith, equality, and mutual love, such fascinating objects will seem both mystifying and somewhat alluring for all tourists on private tour British Museum.
The Ibeji Figures of Yorubaland
These are wooden sculptures belonging to the early periods of the 20th Century. The Yoruba has a unique birth rate for twins, which is four times higher than elsewhere in the world. The Yorubas have special powers and bring health, luck, and happiness to the family. Their birth is celebrated with joy. Ibeji is an Orisha, a minor god and a pair of twins from Yorubaland.
The Thangka of Ancient Tibet
Humans think about death with fear and as one of the certainties of lives. The 19th Century exhibit, Thangka represents a wheel of life in the Tibetan Buddhist culture. The Thangka shows the world in the arms of demon Mara, with lust, death, and ‘Anitya’ influencing life. The limbs of demon Mara in the artifact symbolize the sufferings of birth, old age, sickness, and death.
An Indian Sculpture
In the southern parts of India, temple festivals are celebrated by pulling the image of a deity from a temple. The metaphoric force, which pulls the deity to the awaiting crowds for an auspicious sighting, is called the juggernaut. The British Museum bought one of the miniature processional chariots in the year 1793. You can see it alongside many other objects if you tour British Museum this November.