Subject and Object 4

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Here are two more objects that impressed us in the exhibition “A History of the World in 100 Objects” at the Western Australian Museum – Perth. They are both instruments, but of quite different types and separated in time by 4,300 years.

The musical instrument above is the Queen’s Lyre from Ur, in what is now Iraq. It dates from about 2,500 BCE. The scientific instrument below is the ship’s chronometer from HMS Beagle, the ship that took Charles Darwin on his journey around the world.

This impressive exhibition is well worth a visit. All 100 objects are interesting and have a story to tell. If there were 101 objects, we would have suggested including an early telescope … or maybe an abacus or early computer. Could we make that 102 objects?

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