Heart-shaped Prayer Book, circa 1580, gilt embossed leather cover. Attributed to Caspar Meuser, an apprentice and successor of Jakob Krause, the German bookbinder who was the first to use gold tooling and French & Italian designs in his binding. This book was designed for Anne of Denmark, the wife of Augustus I, Elector of Saxony.
During curing rites, Tsimshian shamans used these amulets to represent the creatures from which they derived their powers. It portrays a bird and a humanoid figure. Such intertwined elements and their associated dual meanings often occur in northwest coast art. Origin: Northwest Coast of America. Culture: Tsimshian. Period: Collected 1910. Place of Origin: Nass River. Material: Bone & abalone shell. Credit: Werner Forman Archive/ Provincial Museum, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
The Orkney "Wife" was found in at the golf links at Noltland on the Island of Westray in 2009 by Archaeologist Jakob Kainz in a midden (old rubbish tip) filled with the brittle bones of deer, cattle and fish. Made from Old Red Sandstone from the island of Eday, the venus like figurine is the only known Neolithic carving of a human form to have been discovered in Scotland.
5,000-year-old handbag.Found in a bog in Twyford, Co Westmeath, it was made by coiling long slivers of wood into spirals that were then bound together with lighter grass-like material. Next the two sides were woven together along a seam, and handles of plaited straw were added. This would have made for a circular purse-like bag, about 40cm in diameter, with a narrow opening at the top. It was probably dyed to give it a splash of colour.
Cosmetic spoon, bone, Late Israelite (Iron) Period 11th -8th C. BCE. Phoenician expansion and settlement took place. It was usually accomplished by peaceful means through trade in a westward direction – first to Cyprus, then to other islands of the Mediterranean, and finally to its distant shores: North Africa, Sicily, Sardinia, Malta, and Spain – and in a southward direction to settlements along the southern shores of the Land of Israel.
The joy of T-Rex: Scientists show how dinosaurs had sex (tricky, when you weigh 7 tonnes and one crucial part is 12ft long)
The Guennol Lioness is a 5,000-year-old Mesopotamian statue depicting an anthropomorphic lioness. The statue was found near Baghdad, Iraq and is on display in New York City’s Brooklyn Museum of Art. The Lioness Demon, an Elamite figure believed to have been created circa 3000–2800 BCE, was on loan to the Brooklyn Museum of Art until it was purchased at auction by an English collector.
Late 19th century bone spiral eel pendant from Palmerston north Region. Given as a lucky charm to Bruce Beale Captain and adjutant at the Boer war 1902 before he left NZ Bruce lived to 99 years old
Nine Egyptian glazed composition amulets. Third Intermediate Period - Late Period, circa 1069-30 B.C.
Lunar Eclipse (Abu Rayhan al-Biruni, 1019)
Caliz de Doña Urraca (11th c. CE) Colegiata de San Isidoro de León (Spain) -- It is made of two pieces of dark blueish onyx that is said to be of Roman origin, and around them the artisans of León made a great work with gold, filigree, enamel, pearls and gems, blending Spanish and Western European taste with Byzantine goldsmith’s art models
Quadragesimale Discipuli / Forty Disciples by authors Johannes Gerson, 1363-1429 & Johannes Herolt, 1380-1468. Published 1489 by Johann Otmar. Photo © State Library of New South Wales, Australia www.sl.nsw.gov.au... [Do not remove caption. International copyright law requires you to credit the library. Link directly to the library's site. Encourage our libraries to share their treasures!]