Germany is a new country, and a new country needs a new history, commented the director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, in an interview with "Radio Times." The Scottish-born director says he is on a mission to change the British perception of Germany - and encourage people to reflect on it.
....Guests may ... wonder about a porcelain rhinoceros included in the showcase. The template for the sculpture stems from a 1515 creation by Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer. MacGregor says the template is one of 10 objects that reflect modern Germany. Craftsmen and women at Dresden's famed Meissen porcelain manufactory create the rhinoceros based on Dürer's model, even though the artist never saw a rhinoceros himself.And never hoped to see one. Though he'd surely rather see one than be some of the other exhibits included.