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Gold Earrings, Ur III, Mesopotamia
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Gold Earrings, Ur III, Mesopotamia

The convex and carved surfaces of the earrings. Each earring is composed of nine lunar-shaped segments forming a flattened half- ball. The cuneiform signs run vertically from above downward, starting from the right end. A pair of gold earrings...
Gold Stemmed Cup, Mycenae
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Gold Stemmed Cup, Mycenae

A gold stemmed cup from Mycenae, often called the 'Cup of Nestor' following Homer's description. A dove rests on the top of each handle. 16th century BCE, Grave IV, Grave Circle A, Mycenae. (National Archaeological Museum, Athens)
Gold Hair Ornament
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Gold Hair Ornament

A 3rd century BCE gold hair ornament from Agrigento, Sicily. The central medallion depicts Medusa. (Archaeological Museum of Agrigento)
Mesopotamian Gold Earrings, Ur III
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Mesopotamian Gold Earrings, Ur III

Both earrings are placed in a mirror-image position, with the lower surfaces facing each other. Each earring is composed of nine lunar-shaped segments forming a flattened half- ball. The cuneiform signs run vertically from above downward...
Interior, Gold Earring from Ur III
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Interior, Gold Earring from Ur III

The interior hollow surface of the earring. Note how the carved cuneiform signs appear on this side and how the goldsmith joined the “lunar-shaped” segments of the earring. The cuneiform text is read vertically, from the upper surface downwards...
Roman Gold & Saphire Rings
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Roman Gold & Saphire Rings

Roman gold and saphire rings, second half of the 2nd century CE. The ring on the right has a garnet centre stone. From an unidentified marble sarcophagus in Rome. (Palazzo Massimo, Rome)
A Gold Earring from Ur III
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A Gold Earring from Ur III

This is the lower surface of the earring. The cuneiform text is read vertically, from the upper surface downwards on each segment, and it continues from right to left. One of a pair of gold earrings, 24 carats. Gift from Shulgi to a chief...
Roman Gold & Saphire Ring
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Roman Gold & Saphire Ring

Roman gold and saphire ring, second half of the 2nd century CE. The ring has a garnet centre stone. From an unidentified marble sarcophagus in Rome. (Palazzo Massimo, Rome)
Interior Cuneiform of Gold Earring, Ur III
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Interior Cuneiform of Gold Earring, Ur III

The interior hollow surface of the earring. Note how the carved cuneiform signs appear on this side and how the goldsmith joined the “lunar-shaped” segments of the earring. One of a pair of gold earrings, 24 carats. Gift from Shulgi to a...
Persian Gold Daric
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Persian Gold Daric

Gold daric from Persia, kingdom of Achaemenids, 5th-4th century BCE. O: King with bow and quiver. R: Incuse oblong.