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The Warka Vase
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The Warka Vase

The Vase of Warka (also called Uruk Vase) is one of the earliest surviving examples of narrative art. It was excavated (in fragments) by a German excavation team in a temple complex dedicated to the goddess Inanna at the city of Uruk (in...
Wounded Bull, Man & Bird, Lascaux Cave
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Wounded Bull, Man & Bird, Lascaux Cave

Cave art in the Lascaux Cave in the Dordogne region, southwestern France. Dated to the Upper Palaeolithic period. It depicts a wounded aurochs bull, a man and a bird.
Reconstruction of the Apadana
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Reconstruction of the Apadana

An artist's depiction of the Apadana, a hypostyle hall in Persepolis, as it may have appeared in the 6th Century BCE. Construction of hall began in the reign of Darius the Great (r. 522-486 BCE) and was completed in the reign of Xerxes I...
Daughter of Akhenaten
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Daughter of Akhenaten

Quartzite head of a statue which depicts the daughter of the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten. From modern-day Egypt. New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, 1345 BCE. (State Museum of Egyptian Art, Munich, Germany).
Assyrian Bracelet
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Assyrian Bracelet

A close-up image of a rosette-type bracelet. This is part of a large alabaster bas-relief which depicts an eagle-headed and winged protective spirit, Apkallu or Sage. The rosette lies at the ventral surface of the left wrist of the protective...
Inca Gold Female Figurine
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Inca Gold Female Figurine

A gold female figurine from the Inca civilization, 15-16th century CE, Peru. Height 15 cm. Such precious figures were typically buried with important people. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)
Egyptian Tattooed Figurine
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Egyptian Tattooed Figurine

A female figurine showing tattoos. Faience, Egypt, Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, 1850-1640 BCE. (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)
Pectoral of Senusret II
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Pectoral of Senusret II

Pectoral of Senusret II (c. 1897-1878 BCE). Middle Kingdom, Egypt. (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)
Chain of Ankhs
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Chain of Ankhs

Gold chain of ankhs (signs of life; also known as key of life, the key of the Nile, or crux ansata). From the treasure of the Nubian queen Amanishakheto, pyramid N6, Meroe, modern-day northern Sudan. Meroitic period, around 1 CE. (State Museum...
Etruscan Sarcophagus of the Spouses (detail)
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Etruscan Sarcophagus of the Spouses (detail)

Detail of the Etruscan Sarcophagus of the Spouses, considered one of the great masterpieces of Etruscan art. It is a late 6th century BCE Etruscan anthropoid sarcophagus made of terracotta. It depicts a married couple reclining at a banquet...
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