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Warring States Period Swords
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Warring States Period Swords

Swords of the Warring States Period (481-221 BCE) in China. The left sword is of iron while the other two are of bronze. (Shaanxi Provincial Museum, Xian, China)
Halaf Period Female Figurine
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Halaf Period Female Figurine

Female figurine of a seated woman. Fired clay. Halaf Period, 6000-5000 BCE. From Chagar Bazar, modern-day Al-Hasakah Governorate, Syria. (The British Museum, London)
Bowl from Nara Period Japan
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Bowl from Nara Period Japan

This forged gilt bronze bowl dates from the 8th century CE. Bowls were one of the six items that a Buddhist priest was expected to have on his person. This bowl, used for making food offerings to the Buddha, was placed on a ring-like stand...
Jomon Period Stone Ritual Object
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Jomon Period Stone Ritual Object

This stone ritual object comes from Japan and dates to the Jomon period, between 3000-400 BCE. (Tokyo National Museum)
Sutra Case from Heian Period Japan
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Sutra Case from Heian Period Japan

This sutra case was excavated at Hatogamine in Kyoto, Japan. It is made of gilt bronze and dates to the 1116 CE, which was during the Heian period in Japanese history. (Tokyo National Museum)
Predynastic Period Terracotta Vase from Egypt
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Predynastic Period Terracotta Vase from Egypt

This terracotta vase dates from the Predynastic period in ancient Egyptian history, c. 4500-3100 BCE. (Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Stanford, California)
Demotic Temple Oath from the Ptolemaic Period
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Demotic Temple Oath from the Ptolemaic Period

This piece of pottery with Demotic Egyptian text records an oath taken by Petasatet to declare his innocence in the case of cloth theft. This oath was taken before a priest of the Temple of Hathor on Dec. 6, 127 BCE. Temples played an important...
Gupta/Vakataka Period War Elephants
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Gupta/Vakataka Period War Elephants

A section of the mural at Ajanta in Cave No. 17. depicts the 'coming of Sinhala'. The prince (Prince Vijaya) is seen in both of groups of elephants and riders. This mural also depicts the soldiers of the Gupta/Vakataka period (4th to 6th...
Egyptian Funerary Stele from the First Intermediate Period
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Egyptian Funerary Stele from the First Intermediate Period

This is a door-shaped limestone stele of a priestess of the goddess Hathor. First Intermediate Period, 2134-2040 BCE. From Egypt. (Ancient Orient Museum, Istanbul, Turkey).
Model of Alacahöyük in the Hittite Period
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Model of Alacahöyük in the Hittite Period

Model of the town of Alacahöyük, a Neolithic and Hittite settlement. Museum of Alacahöyük in Turkey.