Researchers show memory jugs originated in Africa’s Bakongo culture, which influenced slave communities in America. The culture believed the spirit world was turned upside down, and that they were connected to it by water. They decorated graves with water bearing items (shells, pitchers, jugs or vases), which would help the deceased through the watery world to the afterlife. Items were broken to release the loved one’s spirit so as to make the journey.
Aztec skull, covered in turquoise and coral.
One of the World's oldest known statue at 13,500 year old* “Balıklıgöl Statue” in the Urfa Museum is a two-meter high statue of a male which was discovered in Balıklıgöl, Turkey in 1993. The statue is made of limestone and the eyes are carved out of obsidian.
Before the Sahara became a desert, it was home to many savanna animals, including the giraffe. People began to paint and etch the Sahara's animals in desert rock about 12,000 years ago. Archaeologists estimate that the oldest remaining pictures date back to 6500 B.C.
Archaic Etruscan Votive Bronze Kouros 520 – 450 BCE. This finely detailed Kouros holds a phiale in his left hand whilst his right is raised in supplication to the Gods. The bronze loop attached to his head indicates that he was once hung from the branch of a tree, or nailed to a post, as a votive offering at a sacred site
Gustav Klimt: Detail : "The Hostile Forces" The giant Typhoeus's, daughters the three gorgons, disease madness, death, sensuality, lechery, intemperance, gnawing sorrow;the yearnings and longings of man fly over them in the Beethoven Frieze, which is in the Secession Building in Vienna