Battle Scene, Francois Tomb, Vulci
A battle scene of Etruscans fighting Romans in the guise of mythical figures. From the Francois Tomb at Vulci. c. 350 BCE.
The Gjermundbu Helmet
The Gjermundbu Helmet is the best-preserved Viking helmet in the world. The helmet dates from the latter half of the 10th century CE. Exhibited at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo.
Funeral Stele of Artistion
Marble funeral stele depicting a hoplite soldier, signed by Aristokles (500 BCE), National Archaeological Museum, Athens.
Assyrian military equipment was particularly effective. Pointed helmets deflected blows or missiles, and were commonly issued to Assyrian soldiers. This iron example was decorated with bronze inlay, now corroded to a greenish color. The design...
Inca General Ruminahui
Sculpture of Inca General Ruminahui (1490-1535 CE) in Quito, Ecuador.
Kylix with Battle Scene
A kylix is a Greek wine drinking-cup which was primarily used at a drinking party (symposium). In this balanced design, the Triptolemos painter (an ancient Greek vase painter) creatively separated the crumpled figure of the defeated Persian...
Ink Painting of Groom & Horse
A Chinese handscroll dating from between 1296 - 1359 CE, when China was ruled by the Mongolian Yuan Dynasty. The handscroll depicts grooms with their horses, a theme which became increasingly popular during this period due to the high value...
The Inca Sacsayhuaman fortress-temple complex at Cuzco. The structure was begun in the reign of Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui (1438 - 1471 CE) and completed by his successors.
Expansion of the Aztec Empire
A map illustrating the various stages of Aztec expansion under successive rulers in the 15th and early 16th centuries CE.
Grand Ludovisi Sarcophagus
The Roman sarcophagus known as the Grand Ludovisi Sarcophagus, discovered near the Porta Tiburtina in Rome. The front scene depicts three layers of narrative: at the top are victorious Roman soldiers, in the middle are Romans fighting 'barbarians'...