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Almoravid Gold Coin
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Almoravid Gold Coin

Almoravid dynasty (1056-1147 CE) gold coin from the reign of 'Abdallah ibn 'Iyad. 1146 CE. (British Museum, London)
The Mildenhall Great Dish
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The Mildenhall Great Dish

The most famous object in the Mildenhall treasure is the large, highly decorated circular platter, usually known as the Great Dish, or as the Neptune or Oceanus Dish. Bacchic imagery has a long history in Greek and Roman art, and this example...
Dido, Carthaginian Tetradrachm
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Dido, Carthaginian Tetradrachm

A silver tetradrachm from Carthage. The female head has been identified by some historians as Dido (Elissa), the legendary founder of the city. Other historians identify the figure as the goddess Tanit (aka Tinnit). She wears a Phrygian cap...
Spoons & Patera from the Carthage Treasure
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Spoons & Patera from the Carthage Treasure

These spoons are an unusual shape for the Late Roman Period. Their decoration, inlaid with niello (a black metal alloy), demonstrates the fine craftsmanship represented by the Carthage Treasure. The Cross symbol suggests that the owners were...
Denarius of Augustus with Crocodile
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Denarius of Augustus with Crocodile

A Roman silver denarius coin depicting a crocodile and the legend AEGVPTO CAPTA. Reign of Augustus commemorating his victory in Egypt, 28-6 BCE. (Archaeological Museum, Tarragona, Spain)
Persian Horse Head Rhyton
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Persian Horse Head Rhyton

This is a horse head rhyton cast in silver, dating from the 5th century BCE when Armenia was under Persian control. It was found at the Erebuni Fortress in Yerevan, Armenia. (Erebuni Historical and Archaeological Preserve, Yerevan, Armenia...
The Projecta Casket
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The Projecta Casket

This casket, inscribed "Secundus and Projecta, live in Christ" in Latin was probably a wedding gift to the couple shown on the top. On the front, the bride adorns herself, while handmaids bring a casket of cosmetics. The lid shows a similar...
Skyphos Boscoreale with Augustus
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Skyphos Boscoreale with Augustus

Skyphos (two-handled wine cup) from the Boscoreale Treasure depicting Augustus receiving the obeisance of vanquished Barbarians and personifications of subdued provinces. Late 1st century BCE - early 1st century CE. (Louvre Museum, Paris)
Winged Ibex Vessel Handle
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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...
Flanged Bowl & Cover from The Mildenhall Treasure
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Flanged Bowl & Cover from The Mildenhall Treasure

The bowl with its dropped horizontal rim and niello decoration is the earliest vessel in the Mildenhall treasure made in Gaul in the 3rd century CE. It was not designed to have a lid. The deep-domed cover with a border of Bacchic ornament...