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    Italian archaeologists working at Tal Abu Tbeirah in southern Iraq recently excavated a lavish tomb dating to the middle of the third millennium B.C.E.

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Gold dagger, from the tomb of King Tutankhamun, Carter # 256dd; 31.9 cm; blade 20.1 cm; Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Two similar daggers were found in Tutankhamun's tomb, one with a gold blade (in image 26) and the other with an iron blade. Gold daggers were reserved for the nobility, but bronze or copper daggers were used from the Old Kingdom on in Egypt.

Pax: The Risen Christ Appearing to the Apostles Probably by Guglielmo della Porta  (Italian, Porlezza, near Lake Lugano ca. 1500–1577 Rome) Date: 1566–77 Culture: Italian (Rome) Medium: Gilt bronze

Short Sword and Sheath with Crouching Feline, 6th century B.C. North China. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene V. Thaw, 2002 (2002.201.32a, b) #sword

Statuette of Osiris with the name of Padihorpere. Late Period Dynasty: Dynasty 25–26 , ca. 712–525 B.C. Egypt. Bronze or copper alloy

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Man and dog Neo-Babylonian Date: ca. 8th–7th century B.C. Geography: Mesopotamia Culture: Babylonian Medium: Bronze

Etruscan bronze chariot inlaid with ivory, 2nd quarter of 6th century BCE. Found near Monteleone di Spoleto in 1902 with scenes of Achilles (8). Photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York.

Statue, Wadjet (?) Period: Late Period Dynasty: Dynasty 25–26 Date: ca. 712–525 B.C. Geography: Egypt Medium: Bronze or copper all

Venus tablet of Ammisaduqa. Enuma Anu Enlil. Tablet 63. c.1650 BCE. Refers to the record of astronomical observations of Venus, as preserved in numerous cuneiform tablets dating from the first millennium BCE. First compiled during the reign of King Ammisaduqa (or Ammizaduga), the fourth ruler after Hammurabi.

Etruscan bronze chariot inlaid with ivory, 2nd quarter of 6th century BCE. Found near Monteleone di Spoleto in 1902 with scenes of Achilles (1). Photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York.

Detail of the Sumerian lyre from Ur, town of Abraham. British Museum