Saber with Scabbard and Carrying Belt Date: early 17th century Culture: Polish Medium: Steel, partly etched and gilt; gilt-silver, leather, wood, textile, semiprecious stones
This wall hanging relief is reproduced after a 12 foot original (692 AD) from the Temple of Inscriptions, Palenque found by the archaeologist Albert Lluillier in 1952. According to Mayan legend, the symbolism of the lid shows King Pacal falling into the jaws of the Earth monster each night to rise again with the power of the sun each morning.
Pre-Culloden Scottish baskethilt sword c.1690-1720 Good chance this sword was used in the Battle of Culloden in 1746. The guard has the "S" design which stood for "Stewart" (noble family in Scotland) These swords were often stored in the thatched roofs to keep the British from finding their weapons.
This is a Maya stone carving from Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. After careful review, many believe it is a detailed representation of a space vehicle- with many recognizable parallels to our own space shuttle, such as the position of the astronaut. While stylized, many see clear depiction of antenna, flight direction system, turbo compressor, control panel, tanks, combustion chamber, turbine, and exhaust.
The Moabite Stone, also called the Mesha Stela, is an inscribed black basalt monument written in the Moabite language in c. 835 BC. It stands nearly four feet tall and was found in 1868 in the land of ancient Moab, now modern Jordan. It contains references to Biblical figures such as Israelite King Omri and Moabite King Mesha (cf. 1 and 2 Kings), as well as the covenant name of God, YHWH (cf. Exodus 3). It is now located in the Louvre.
Purse lid from the ship-burial at Sutton Hoo: Anglo-Saxon, early 7th century AD From Mound 1, Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, England The display of wealth