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Statue of St Nicholas, France, 17th century.

Wooden statue of St. Nicholas, France, 1601-1700. In this statue, at his feet, are three children in a tub. This relates to when he lodged with an inn keeper, during a time of famine, who had killed three children and salted them down for food. When

Wooden statue of St Livertin, French, 17th century.

Wooden statue of Saint Livertin, France, 1601-1700. Usually depicted clutching his head, Livertin is said to protect against headaches.

Wooden plaque of St Lucy of Syracuse, Spanish, 17th century.

Wooden plaque of Saint Lucy, Spain, 1601-1700. St. Lucy was martyred in the 3rd century AD during the persecution of the Christians by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. She became a patron of eye problems because legend told how she never wished to marry

Ancient Egyptian kohl pots, 1800-200 BC.

Granite Kohl pot and stick, Egyptian, 1800BC to 200BC. Make-up was in common use in Ancient Egypt and focused particularly on the eye, in order to replicate the appearance of the sun god, Re. Kohl eyeliner was frequently used to achieve this effect.

Ancient Egyptian toilet box with ivory inlay, 650-350 BC.

Ivory inlaid wooden toilet box, Egyptian, 650BC to 350BC. Makeup was in common use in ancient Egypt. Eye shadow pots, mirrors and perfume jars were among the items frequently found in boxes like this. Toilet boxes were also buried with mummies (embal

Brockedon's metal pill die with three boxes of pills, 1843.
Alms boxes, c 1675.

Female almsbox figure, believed to date fom 1676. Alongside a male figure, it was used to collect donations for the Bethlehem Hospital ('Bedlam'), hospital when it was situated at Moorfields, London. The original hospital, in use from c.1377 until 1

Statue of St Sebastian, German, possibly 16th century.

Oak statue of St Sebastian, believed to originate from the lower Rhennish (Rhine) area of Germany, possibly 1501-1600. Little is known for sure about his life, other than that he was a martyr who was buried on the Appian Way near Rome, in the third c

Ancient Egyptian mummified cat, 2000-100 BC.

Mummified cat, Ancient Egyptian, 2000-100BC. Cats had enormous significance for the Egyptian people, and their relationship with them was principally religious. The mummification of cats, and their burial within the temple, was performed to provide t

Ancient Egyptian amulet, heart-shaped stone, 4000-30 BC.

Heart-shaped stone amulet, Egyptian, 4000-30 BC. Possibly taken from a tomb.