Necklace of gold and lapis lazuli; three strings of beads; 16 gold pendants, 8 leaf-shaped pendants, 5 bud-shaped pendants overlaid with gold, 3 pendants overlaid with gold with two human-headed bulls each, back to back; 15 cylindrical beads overlaid with gold, 172 cylindrical lapis lazuli beads, carved, perforated and polished. Culture/periodEarly Dynastic III term details Date2600BC-2350BC - Asia,Iraq,South Iraq,Royal Cemetery (Ur)
The incredible discovery of the oldest depiction of the universe was almost lost to the black market
The Sky Disc of Nebra: 3,600 years old. Was used as an advanced astronomical clock and was found near Europe's oldest observatory in Goseck. The 32-centimeter-wide (seven-inch) bronze disc with gold-leaf appliqués representing the sun, the moon, and the stars is the oldest visual representation of the cosmos known to date. A cluster of seven dots has previously been interpreted as the Pleiades constellation as it appeared 3,600 years ago.
Tea bowl in style of Korean punch'ong ware, unknown Raku ware workshop mid 18th - mid 19th century Edo period Raku-type earthenware with white slip inlaid under clear, colorless glaze H: 8.3 W: 12.5 cm Kyoto, Japan
An ancient Greek gold, amethyst, chalcedony, emerald, rock-crystal, pearl and glass necklace with a butterfly pendant; the butterfly, a symbol of the soul, was an appropriate motif for a burial gift, and this necklace was found on the neck of the deceased. (Walters Museum)
The Ancient Amulets of Tibet: THOGCHAGS. Thogchags are Tibetan talismans made of bronze and meteoric metals dating as far back as the Bronze Age. There is little research into their origins, as excavation of Tibetan sites was considered taboo, so there is still much to learn about their significance in Tibetan civilization.