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Reliquary Bust of Saint Yrieix, second quarter of 13th century France, Limousin, Church of Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche Gilded silver, rock crystal, gems, glass, originally over walnut core with silver leaf and gesso on interior

Fayum mummy portrait, 2nd century. Mummy portraits were portraits painted on flat panels of wood and depicted the people who were mummified. The arid climate of Egypt has preserved the vivid color of many of the portraits.

Berengaria of Navarre c. 1165–1170 – 23 December 1230) was Queen of the English as the wife of King Richard I of England. She was the eldest daughter of King Sancho VI of Navarre and Sancha of Castile. As is the case with many of the medieval queens consort of the Kingdom of England, relatively little is known of her life. The early 20th Century Cunard passenger liner RMS Berengaria was named in her honour, the first Cunard ship to be named for a British queen.

Howard Carter opening the sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun, Feb 12, 1924

Solar Boat This cedar boat is one of two found by the Great Pyramid at Giza, intact but dismantled. It took 12 years to reconstruct it. There is another one still in its original pit, and there were three additional pits on the other side that were empty. The king needed 2 to travel with the sun across the sky, 2 to travel through the night, and one to cross to the underworld

Masada - mountain fortress constructed by King Herod

Why did men stop wearing high heels? Louis XIV painted in 1701 by Hyacinthe Rigaud (Getty Images)

Short Sword and Sheath with Crouching Feline: 6th century B.C. North China. Bronze inlaid with turquoise