An ornate silver, gold and amber brooch found in Hunterston, Scotland, from 700-800AD. Photograph: National Museums Scotland.

An ornate silver, gold and amber brooch found in Hunterston, Scotland, from 700-800AD. Photograph: National Museums Scotland.

Middle Assyrian gold and agate bull pendant, possibly from Ashur. (1600 BC - 900 BC) | A finely detailed bull-calf carved of mottled red-brown agate with gold loop around the body.

Middle Assyrian gold and agate bull pendant, possibly from Ashur. (1600 BC - 900 BC) | A finely detailed bull-calf carved of mottled red-brown agate with gold loop around the body.

Figurine of a Deer   Gold; soldered and chased. H. 4.1 cm   5th - 4th century BC	  Siberian collection of Peter I,   Eastern Iran

Figurine of a Deer Gold; soldered and chased. H. 4.1 cm 5th - 4th century BC Siberian collection of Peter I, Eastern Iran

Gold amphoriskos (oil flask) with inlaid garnets  Period:     Hellenistic Date:     3rd century B.C. Culture:     Greek Medium:     Gold and garnet

Gold amphoriskos (oil flask) with inlaid garnets Period: Hellenistic Date: 3rd century B.C. Culture: Greek Medium: Gold and garnet

Gold torque from the Erstfeld hoard, around 380 BC. The famous Erstfeld hoard consists of a total of four torques, which go round the neck, and three arm rings, richly decorated with fabulous entwined figures. (Swiss National Museum)

Gold torque from the Erstfeld hoard, around 380 BC. The famous Erstfeld hoard consists of a total of four torques, which go round the neck, and three arm rings, richly decorated with fabulous entwined figures. (Swiss National Museum)

The obverse of a silver coin from Corinth (300-250 BCE) depicting the mythical winged-horse Pegasus. (British Museum, London).

The obverse of a silver coin from Corinth (300-250 BCE) depicting the mythical winged-horse Pegasus. (British Museum, London).

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