Cabinet of a Militia Company

anonymous, c. 1520 - c. 1530, furniture, BK-KOG-656

Roemer with a poem to Constantijn…

anonymous, 1619, BK-1983-15

Anna Roemers Visscher engraved one of her own poems in a wineglass as a gift for Constantijn Huygens. The verse contains a complaint and an exhortation: her pen has dried up, her brain has rusted. She asks Huygens to fetch her some water from the Helicon – where the Muses live – so her ink will flow…

Guanyin

anonymous, c. 1100 - c. 1200, figure, AK-MAK-84

The Buddhist deity Guanyin, who rescues people in need, is shown here meditating, seated on a rock. According to legend, he was once discovered in this position, meditating on the moon’s reflection in the water - in Buddhism a symbol of illusion and transience. His pose and facial expression embody…

Two temple guardians

anonymous, c. 1300 - c. 1400, AK-RAK-2007-1-A

Two temple guardians

anonymous, c. 1300 - c. 1400, AK-RAK-2007-1-B

These guards stand at the entrance to a temple to ward off evil. They are holding a vajra, with which to crush ignorance. Their open and shut mouths represent the first and last letters of the Japanese script: A and N: this symbolises the totality of sounds and letters, of knowledge. Worshippers who…

The bodhisattva Maitreya

anonymous, c. 200 - c. 300, figure, AK-MAK-1188

Cabinet

anonymous, c. 1755 - c. 1765, furniture, BK-1989-16

Salt-cellar

anonymous, 1618, salt (condiment vessel), BK-1988-15-A

Armchair

anonymous, c. 1615 - c. 1625, furniture, BK-16019

Cabinet

Elias Boscher, anonymous (rejected attribution), c. 1660 - c. 1670, furniture, BK-1999-85