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Tairona Pendant
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Tairona Pendant

A gold pendant made by the Tairona people, representing a shaman holding two sceptres, wearing a large nasal ornament and headgear with two toucans. Lost-wax cast gold with false filigree decoration, 10th-15th century CE, Colombia. (Louvre...
Map of the Mali Empire, c. 1337 CE
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Map of the Mali Empire, c. 1337 CE

A map of the Mali Empire (1240-1645 CE) at its peak c. 1337 CE after the reign of Mansa Musa (1312-1337 CE).
Minoan Bee Pendant
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Minoan Bee Pendant

A solid gold Minoan pendant depicting two bees clutching a honeycomb (1800-1700 BCE), found in the Old Palace cemetery at Chrysolakkos near Malia, Crete. (Herakleion Archaeological Museum, Crete)
Mycenaean Octopus Brooch
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Mycenaean Octopus Brooch

A gold Mycenaean brooch in the form of an octopus, Mycenae, mid 2nd millenium BCE. (Archaeological Museum, Mycenae)
Vapheio Cup
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Vapheio Cup

One of two gold Mycenaean cups from the Vapheio tholos tomb, Lakonia, 15th century BCE. The cups show relief scenes of capturing bulls. (National Archaeological Museum, Athens)
Muisca Tunjo
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Muisca Tunjo

A Muisca tunjo or votive offering, 1200-1600 CE. This 20 cm long gold alloy raft has figures standing on it wearing jewellery and recalls the coronation ceremony of the Muisca culture which gave rise to the legend of El Dorado. (Museo de...
Minoan Double Axes
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Minoan Double Axes

Gold votive double axes, New Palace period (1600-1450 BCE), Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete. The double axe, also known as 'labrys', may be the origin of the labyrinth myth of Knossos.
Egyptian Model Chariot
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Egyptian Model Chariot

The Egyptian god Bes is depicted on the front of this gold model chariot. Bes was the protective deity of the young, and this would suggest the chariot was made for a child. Chariots with the same profile and the wheel construction are shown...
Corbridge Hoard & Jug
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Corbridge Hoard & Jug

These 160 aureus coins were found below the floor of a Roman house in Corbridge in 1911 CE. They were stored in a bronze jug, their true value hidden by 2 bronze coins wedged in its neck. When the jug was lifted out of the ground, the weight...
Minoan 'Master of the Animals' Pendant
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Minoan 'Master of the Animals' Pendant

A solid gold pendant from the Minoan civilization depicting a deity holding two birds, possibly geese (18-17th century BC). Provenance: Aegina (British Museum, London)