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    Detail of Egyptian artifact in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.

    Eagle with outstretched wings, Oriental antiques, Bactria, ca. 2000 BC

    "A woman views what is claimed to be the oldest known art work at the Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann, Germany. The ivory carving of a mammoth, 35,000 years old, was found in southern Germany."

    The Juliana Bracelet from the Hoxne hoard Roman Britain, buried in the 5th century AD Found in Hoxne, Suffolk (1992)

    Viking age / Gold ring / Skåne

    Viking ‘Openwork’ Horse Mount Silver, 5.53 grams, 32.64 mm. 8th-10th century. A finely-made mount in the form of a galloping horse, its reins, crupper, girth and saddle all carefully delineated against the striped background.

    Egyptian Period 1500-1000 BC. Ring

    Ancient Lion Coin Ring. Greek coin from Thrace, Cherronesos, 350-300 BC.

    Ancient Greek. Diadem with eagle at the center. 7th century.

    Greek or Roman Gold Granulation Earring, 1st Century CE. This is a wonderful example of ancient granulation work. The granulation technique is estimated to be 5,000 years old, originating in Sumer. Granulation was also used by the Etruscans in the first millennium BCE. Greek craftsmen also adopted the technique and eventually the Romans as well, but it was the work coming from Etruria which became famous because of the mystery surrounding the process.

    Golden Achaemenid ornament depicting a lion’s head and dating back to the 5th-6th century BCE. The city of Babylon served as the main imperial capital for the Achaemenid Persians until 331 BCE.

    Anglo-Saxon treasure from the Sutton Hoo burial ship. The Sutton Hoo burial ship was uncovered by archaeologists during the summers of 1938 and 1939. There was little more than the iron rivets left of the actual ship which was originally 89 feet long and 14 feet wide at its widest point. Jewelry, coins, silver plates, weapons, armour, utensils, drinking-horns, etc. were among the objects collected at the site.

    The Four Dog Palette. Egypt, ca. 3300-3100 BC. Graywacke. Musée du Louvre

    Anglo-Saxon gold cross pendant, early seventh century. M.64-1904, from excavations at King's Field, Faversham.

    Description: Melon bead with Leaf PatternMaterial(s): Gold Date of Object: 330 BC Origin: Colchian

    6th C. BCE . Etruscan Gold Earring with granulation and organic forms.

    A PAIR OF ETRUSCAN GOLD DISKS CIRCA LATE 4TH CENTURY B.C. Each formed of domed sheet, encircled by granules, elaborately adorned in concentric rings, with clusters of granulation, filigree spirals centered by granules, clusters of granulation around larger granules, centered by a piriform knob embellished with granulation; mounted as earrings with modern gold backs and posts

    Alexander the Great Hunting a Wild Boar. Place of creation: Ancient Rome. Date: 1st century. Material: sardonyx. Technique: cameo.

    Ring with Double-Faced Bezel: Figure of a Lion. Reverse Flat Side: Statue of Athena in Intaglio. Date: Bosporan Kingdom. 330-300s BC. Place of finding: Bolshaya (Large) Bliznitsa Barrow. Archaeological site: Krasnodar Territory, Taman Peninsula, near Vyshestebliyevskaya Cossack Village. Material: gold. Technique: cast, engraved, filigreed.

    Ring Decorated with a Scarab. Reverse Flat Side: Aphrodite and Eros. Date: Bosporan Kingdom. 330-300s BC. Place of finding: Bolshaya (Large) Bliznitsa Barrow. Archaeological site: Krasnodar Territory, Taman Peninsula, near Vyshestebliyevskaya Cossack Village. Material: gold. Technique: cast, stamped, chased, engraved and filigreed.

    Overlay for a Wooden Vessel. Place: Russia (now Ukraine). Epoch. Period: Early Iron Age. Date: Scythian Culture. First half of the 5th century BC. Place of finding: Barrow near Ak-Mechet Bay. Archaeological site: Crimea, near Chernomorsk. Material: gold. Technique: stamped.

    Bracelet. Epoch. Period: Early Iron Age. Date: Sakae Culture. 4th century BC. Place of finding: Siberian collection of Peter I. Archaeological site: Russia, Siberia. Material: gold. Technique: cast and chased.

    The very earliest human artifacts showing evidence of workmanship with an artistic purpose are the subject of some debate; it is clear that such workmanship existed by 40,000 years ago in the Upper Paleolithic era, however there is evidence of artistic activity dating as far back as 500,000 years ago performed by Homo Erectus.[2] From the Upper Palaeolithic through the Mesolithic, cave paintings and portable art such as figurines and beads predominated, with decorative figured workings also seen

    The Fibula Dorestad: One of the most famous archaeological finds from the Netherlands, found in 1969 in a well in Dorestad. The gold brooch is inlaid with different colors of glass, almandine (red gemstone) and pearls along the edge. The style is that of ecclesiastical silverware Burgundian workshops from the time of Charlemagne. c. 775-800 AD. Rijksmuseum van Oudheden.

    Ring in the form of a Hippocampus: Gold and silver with two garnet gemstones, cut en cabochon. Hellenistic, 3rd - 2nd Century BC.