The National Museum of Scotland has a wonderful collection of Pictish symbol stones; monumental stelae carved by the Pictish inhabitants of Scotland during the 6th-9th centuries.
The mysterious Ballachulish figure is a roughly life-sized figure of a girl or goddess, carved from a single piece of alder, with pebbles for eyes. It was found in 1880, in Ballachulish, in Inverness-shire, Scotland and dates to the Iron Age, around 600 BC. The wooden sculpture was found in a bog overlooking the entrance to a sea loch, covered by the remains of a wickerwork structure.
Whales: Beneath the Surface was the Natural History Museum’s latest exhibition, timed to coincide with the unveiling of the new entrance hall, where childhood favourite Dippy has been replaced by a blue whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling. It was open to the public from 14 July 2017 until 28 February 2018.
Hetepni was an accountant and tax collector in the revenue office of the king over 4000 years ago in Egypt. Found in Saqqara, this mortuary statue tells us that he was was responsible:
‘…for the counting of everything that crawled or flew in the water and in the marshland‘.
The statue dates from the end of the 6th Dynasty, the last of the Old Kingdom, after which Egypt entered a period of political unrest. He may have served was Pepi II, who is credited at being one of the longest reigning monarchs in history at 94 years.