Selected from hundreds of items, these fantastic star objects give a flavour of the new displays in the refurbished South End galleries. The new galleries are now open, so you can see these objects up close for yourself, when you visit.
They include favourites such as the sculpture of Salammbo by Maurice Ferrary, which is the centrepiece of the south sculpture dome. Other star objects include Chinese ceramics, Wedgwood and 18th-century paintings.
Each object has its own unique story to tell. The figure of Guanyin, Goddess of Mercy, once stood in a temple in China while the Chinese ceramic elephants were also used in a temple as ornaments on the altar. The portrait of Emma, Lady Hamilton, is a favourite with visitors to the gallery but did you know that Emma was born at Ness in Wirral?
There is a link between Emma and Wedgwood’s stunning Portland Vase. The Portland Vase was copied from an ancient Roman cameo glass vase brought back to England in 1783 by Emma’s husband, Sir William Hamilton.
Browse through our star objects and find out what interesting stories they reveal.