Sphinx Rubber Duck, British Museum Shop, Manufactured in China. 2016 AD
An interpreter
The role of interpretation and the interpreter is essential in all societies, from shaman to curators, from teachers to television programmes. This cheerful rubber duck is not only one of the best-selling items in the British Museum shop but it also plays an essential role as an interpreter. The lessons we learn from ancient civilisations in museums should not be left behind in the museum galleries, and products like this humble rubber duck help us recall and translate these lessons into our everyday lives.

In many ways, this mass-produced and un-unique object is one of the most important artefacts in the museum's collection, as it is something we can all own, and by doing so, we allow history to live on in the present moment.