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A Tour of Ginkaku-ji Temple (The Silver Pavilion)
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A Tour of Ginkaku-ji Temple (The Silver Pavilion)

Ginkaku-ji, the famed “Silver Pavilion,” has magnificent halls and gardens. This Zen temple was built in 1482 by shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa and was modeled after Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Pavilion). Set at the foot of Kyoto's eastern mountains...
Greek Silver Coins
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Greek Silver Coins

Top row (L to R): Poseidonia (520 BCE) - Silver stater, Poseidon with trident. Corinth (525-500 BCE) - Silver stater, incuse square of swastika design. Syracuse (c. 400 BCE) - Silver decadrachm, quadriga with Nike crowning a charioteer...
Seated Athena Dish from the Hildesheim Silver Treasure
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Seated Athena Dish from the Hildesheim Silver Treasure

This Dish or drinking cup is part of the so-called "Hildesheim Silver Treasure" and depicts a medallion of a seated figure of Athena/Minerva wearing a triple-crested helmet. The Hildesheim silver treasure, consisting of more than 70 pieces...
Achaemenid Silver and Gold Horn Cup
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Achaemenid Silver and Gold Horn Cup

This object combines both Syrian and Persian styles. While the shape of the cup echoes a classical Persian wine-pourer (rhyton), it actually functioned as a drinking cup. Large animal-headed cups were popular in Syria in earlier periods...
Achaemenid Silver Bowl
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Achaemenid Silver Bowl

This was among the first Achaemenid silver objects discovered in Iran. The light inscriptions are probably ancient marks of ownership. They were found on many other silver bowls. They confirm the comment made about the Persians by the 5th...
Silver Vessel Handle from the Capheaton Treasure
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Silver Vessel Handle from the Capheaton Treasure

This handle features a bust of Juno, below which is a seated figure of Mercury, and in the lower register, Bucchus and Ariadne. This fragment was part of a silver vessel. Some of these fragments of highly decorated silver vessels, perhaps...
Silver Largitio Dish with the Name of Licinius
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Silver Largitio Dish with the Name of Licinius

This object is associated with a late Roman emperor, who was at the heart of the changing Roman Empire. This silver dish names Licinius in its Latin inscription. Licinius co-ruled with Constantine the Great during early 300s, but their collaboration...
Silver Coin of Bahram II
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Silver Coin of Bahram II

These silver coins show the Sassanian "King of Kings" Bahram II (reigned 276-293 CE). He wears a winged crown to symbolize Verethragna, god of victory. On the back (lower image), the king stands to the left of a Zoroastrian fire altar. Each...
Silver from Sam'al
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Silver from Sam'al

This rounded piece of silver (which is part of a hack silver) was used as a method of payment. Its weigh is 497.38 g. The overlying Aramaic inscription mentions that this is a property of Barrakib, son of Panammuwa, Prince of Sam'al. 9th...
Silver Dogs from Bactria
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Silver Dogs from Bactria

Pair of silver dogs wearing hatched collars from the 3rd-2nd millennium BCE originating in Bactria in Central Asia. The dogs are 1.5 inches (4cm) long with a vertical hole through each. It is thought they may have been worn as pendants on...