The Paston Treasure: Riches and Rarities of the Known World is a major exhibition opening in June at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery.
Organised in partnership with the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT USA, it runs until September.
Central to the exhibition is a large (1668 x 2475mm), mysterious oil painting, dating from around 1665 by an unknown artist.
Entitled The Paston Treasure, the painting’s unique and cryptic subject has mesmerized and puzzled art scholars and historians world-wide for centuries.
A visually stunning work of art, it dazzles with a lavish display of gold and silver, exotic objects, musical instruments, fruits and flowers, a lobster, a monkey and a parrot, in addition to portraits of a young girl and an African youth.