Female Dancer, Western Han dynasty (206 BCE–9 CE), 200-100 BCE / China / The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York / Charlotte C. and John C. Weber Collection, Gift of Charlotte C. and John C. Weber, 1992 (1992.165.19)
2300–2200 BCE / Early Cycladic II / Marble female figure / the head had broken from the long thin neck. A channel was cut into the sides of the neck and head and filled with lead a technique first used in the first millennium BCE / the repair may be contemporary with the piece or date 1000 years later.
The Goddess Inanna in breast-offering pose. As early as 3500 B.C.E. Inanna was worshiped as the great Goddess of Sumeria. Also known as Queen of Heaven and Earth, Priestess of Heaven, Light of the World, First Daughter of the Moon, Righteous Justice, Holy Shepherdess, and Loud Thundering Storm.
4th century Mexico or Guatemala; Maya／Perhaps the depiction of a fourth-century Maya king, this incense burner would have been used to make offerings carried by smoke to the spirits and deities in the supernatural realm. Rulers are represented in Maya art as communicators with the supernatural and the living may have sought their continued intervention after death.