Terracotta figure of a boy with a cock, Period: Hellenistic, 1th c. BC. (circa) Material: Terracotta. Boy sprawling back across a low bench with finely modelled legs, leaning to the viewer’s right, both hands holding a big bunch of grapes out of the way of a very large predatory cock approaching from the left. Excavated: Myrina Ancient City, Anatolia. (Modern Turkey, Aliaga, Izmir) Acquisition date: 1891. British Museum is closed 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January, but is open every other day of the year. Fast facts about the British Museum: Founded: 1753, Collection size: 8 million objects, Oldest object in the collection: Stone chopping tool (nearly 2 million years old).