Curator's corner
The oldest portrait in the British Museum

Over many years, I’ve formed a particularly strong bond with one of the… older people in the British Museum. The Jericho Skull is arguably the oldest portrait in the British Museum – a human skull from the ancient city of Jericho which had plaster applied to it to form a type of early facial reconstruction. Watch my Curator’s Corner to discover how we have finally been able to reveal the man behind the plaster.

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Want to learn more about the Jericho skull? Listen to our Podcast here.

The Asahi Shimbun Display Creating an ancestor: the Jericho Skull is on display in Room 3 at the British Museum until 19 February 2017.

Supported by The Asahi Shimbun.

The British Museum is committed to curating the human remains in the collection with care, respect and dignity. The principles governing the holding, display, care and study of human remains in the Museum’s collection can be found online in the British Museum Policy on Human Remains.