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Lime Container (Poporo), Quimbaya Civilization
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Lime Container (Poporo), Quimbaya Civilization

A Poporo is a container used for storing lime that could be procured by crushing seashells and would later be eaten with coca leaves- a tradition in Pre-Columbian South America. This Poporo, made out of gold with a nude female figure carved...
Portion of an Colchian Headdress
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Portion of an Colchian Headdress

This unique specimen of Colchian goldsmithery is one of the earliest examples of making patterns in sheet gold by cutting out portions of metal (opus interrasile). This artifact was found at the Vani archaeological site, burial no. 24, in...
Zurich-Altstetten Bowl
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Zurich-Altstetten Bowl

Discovered during the construction of a railway line in 1906 in Switzerland, this golden bowl weighs 910 g, making it one of the heaviest gold receptacles unearthed in Europe to date. It was created around 1500-1000 BCE. (Landesmuseum, Z├╝rich...
Byzantine Hyperpyron of Alexios I
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Byzantine Hyperpyron of Alexios I

A gold hyperpyron coin of Alexios I Komnenos (r. 1081-1118 CE). The coin was introduced in 1092 CE and shows Christ on the obverse and Alexios on the reverse. (Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. http://www.cngcoins.com)
Byzantine Histamenon of Isaac I
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Byzantine Histamenon of Isaac I

Gold histamenon coin of Byzantine emperor Isaac I Komnenos (r. 1057-1059 CE), who is pictured on the reverse (on the right), crowned and in military dress, while the obverse shows Christ enthroned. (Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. http://www.cngcoins.com...
Ancient Near Eastern Metal Production
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Ancient Near Eastern Metal Production

A map showing the major sites of metal production in the Ancient Near East, including Egypt, Asia Minor, Mesopotamia, Persia, and the Indus Valley Civilization.
Winged Ibex Vessel Handle
Image by Jan van der Crabben

Winged Ibex Vessel Handle

This winged ibex was a handle for a metal amphora-shaped vessel, made in the 4th century BCE in Achaemenid Persia. This high level of detail was achieved through the use of lost-wax technique. It has been suggested that this piece of art...
Scythian Golden Pectoral
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Scythian Golden Pectoral

Breast decoration of the Scythian kings of the IV century BCE. Created by Greek masters from Athens or Panticapaea. The decoration was found on June 21, 1971 CE in a mound of the Scythian period, near the city of Ordzhonikidze of the Dnipropetrovsk...
Philippines Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms
Book Review by Florina H. Capistrano-Baker

Philippines Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms

Published on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition of "Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms", organized by the Asia Society, New York and the Ayala Museum in the Philippines in 2015, this eponymous exhibition...
The Oxford Handbook of Engineering & Technology in the Classical World
Book Review by Mark Cartwright

The Oxford Handbook of Engineering & Technology in the Classical World

Another heavyweight offering from the Oxford Handbook series which covers technology in the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. As with other books in the series, each chapter is written by a specialist in their field giving a comprehensive...