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The Lycurgus Cup at the British Museum - this 4th century piece is possibly the oldest existing example of Dichroic glass work. The opaque green cup turns to a glowing translucent red when light is shone through it. The glass contains tiny amounts of colloidal gold and silver, which give it these unusual optical properties.

Register 1948: Wooden granary door, in two pieces joined by cross-pieces, and with upper and lower pivots and latch; decorated with four rows of stylized humans in relief.

Mask; carved of wood; in the form of medicine man, with wide mouth and four human figures on crown, decorated with dark resinous substance to which vegetable fibre has stuck.

Gold bracelet set with emeralds, garnets, amethysts and glass.

Marble statue of a discus-thrower (discobolus) by Myron. Roman copy of a bronze Greek original of the 5th century BC.

"The Humours of a Benefit Night, or The Boxes In An Uproar. 1777 Mezzotint with some burin." Posted on

Gold arm ring, sacandinavian (viking age) Arm-rings allowed both men and women to keep their wealth safely about their person while clearly displaying their status. They were traditionally presented as bonding gifts between a lord and his followers.

Jade pendants in the form of dragons, China, Eastern Zhou Dynasty, 4th century BC

Carved Jade Terrapin, From Allahabad, India, 17th century AD

Jade figure of an eagle warrior, Mexico, AD 1325 -1521

Jade ornament from China, Eastern Zhou period, 5th century BC

Jade disc, or bi, Liangzhu culture (about 3000-2000 BC)

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Finger-ring; gold; massive, thick hoop with interlace wire design on the exterior; three tiered lozenge-shaped bezel set with garnets; decorated with wirework and pellets.


Figure of Iris from the west pediment of the Parthenon

British Museum - Highlight image

Marble statue of a naked Aphrodite crouching at her bath, also known as Lely’s Venus. Roman copy of a Greek original, 2nd century AD. Lent by Her Majesty the Queen.

Marble statue of a naked Aphrodite crouching at her bath Roman, 2nd century AD A version of an original from Hellenistic Greece, at British Museum

Black-figured water-jar (hydria) with a scene at a fountain-house. Greek, about 520-500 BC Made in Athens, Greece; from Vulci in Etruria (now in Lazio, Italy), at British Musem

Nike, goddess of Victory Greek, around 550 BC, at the British Museum

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