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That bastion of tradition and repository of many cultures, THE British Museum, has a new central court -- or rather, the old one has been transformed into a magical place.

We were told by a British friend that each of the glass pieces that make up the canopy covered the central court has slightly different dimensions -- done by computer of course!

LEFT: The new central court at the British Museum. 

BELOW LEFT: The central rotunda, which houses the reading room, a fancy restaurant and, of course, the museum shop.

RIGHT:  A general view of the court showing the shop at lower left.

The sculpture in the form of a mask -- in the main entrance courtyard for the Museum