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A golden sprouted cup buried with Queen Puabi of Ur, c 2500 BCE. It was most likely used for drinking beer.

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Hittite silver ceremonial drinking vessel in shape of fist (14th century BCE). Along the cuff is inlaid a procession of musicians. On display at MFA, Boston

An Amarna period alabaster canopic jar thought to depict a likeness of ancient Egyptian Queen Kiya, one of the lesser wives of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten. Little is known about her, and her actions and roles are poorly documented in the historical record. She disappears from history a few years before her royal husband’s death. In previous years, she was thought to be mother of Tutankhamun, but recent DNA evidence suggests this is unlikely. Amarna Kiya canope, KV 55, Egyptian Museum.

This cup once belonged to Queen Anne Boleyn. The church that currently holds the cup, St. John the Baptist in Cirencester, states that it was given by the Queen to Dr. Richard Masters, a physician, who cared for the Princess Elizabeth. He later, in 1561, gave the cup to the church. It is silver gilt adorned with Anne's Royal Falcon. It was once part of her large collection of gold and silver plate.

Instructions of Shuruppak dating back to 3,000 BCE. This is one of the oldest known works of literature in human history. The Instructions contain precepts that reflect those later included in the Ten Commandments and other sayings that are reflected in the biblical Book of Proverbs. Translation here: