Shaft of a bronze thymiaterion (incense burner), Etruscan, 5th century B.C. During the fifth century B.C., the Etruscans were expanding their trade contacts throughout the Mediterranean world. The man in Persian costume is an unusual expression of the Etruscan interest in the exotic.
Sweden's most splendid proto-prehistoric object is a 1500 year-old gold collar from Ålleberg which was made so skillfully that today’s goldsmiths do not know how it was made. Made of seven tubular rings, each divided into halves and joined together by a hinge. The spaces between the rings are filled with small miniature figures, humans and animals, almost invisible to the eye. Some have suggested that together they tell a story. Only 9 inches in diameter, some question how it was worn.