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GREEK SILVER-GILT INCUSE CHIMAERA RING 3rd-1st century BC.  A silver-gilt finger ring comprising a round-section hoop; the bezel a disc with intaglio design of a chimaera or lion-griffon with raised foreleg and looped tail, standing on an ear of corn, based on a coin of Panticapaeum; the legend ΠAN (Pan) surrounding.

GREEK SILVER-GILT INCUSE CHIMAERA RING 3rd-1st century BC. A silver-gilt finger ring comprising a round-section hoop; the bezel a disc with intaglio design of a chimaera or lion-griffon with raised foreleg and looped tail, standing on an ear of corn, based on a coin of Panticapaeum; the legend ΠAN (Pan) surrounding.

Hera - Queen of the Gods from Greek Mythology, Goddess of Women and marriage. She was one of the three sisters and wife of Zeus. Known for her vengeful nature and hatred towards the women and resulting children of Zeus' unfaithfulness. In Roman Mythology (sister and wife of Jupiter) her gentler side is depicted and she is shown associated with fertility and motherhood. Cow, lion and peacock are her scared animals. The pomegranate is also one of her symbols.

Hera - Queen of the Gods from Greek Mythology, Goddess of Women and marriage. She was one of the three sisters and wife of Zeus. Known for her vengeful nature and hatred towards the women and resulting children of Zeus' unfaithfulness. In Roman Mythology (sister and wife of Jupiter) her gentler side is depicted and she is shown associated with fertility and motherhood. Cow, lion and peacock are her scared animals. The pomegranate is also one of her symbols.

Roman gold and carved sardonyx earring; the teardrop pendant is inscribed with a wreath; the square stone is inscribed TE KALE, 'to the beautiful one'. 4th century AD

Roman gold and carved sardonyx earring; the teardrop pendant is inscribed with a wreath; the square stone is inscribed TE KALE, 'to the beautiful one'. 4th century AD

Fragment of an orange-red cornelian intaglio: woman seated on a winged phallus.

Fragment of an orange-red cornelian intaglio: woman seated on a winged phallus.

The Gold Alexander Medallions of Abukir

The Gold Alexander Medallions of Abukir

The Gold Alexander Medallions of Abukir

The Gold Alexander Medallions of Abukir

From the tomb of Isis at Eleusis. Middle Geometric period (850-760 BC.). National Archaeological Museum of Athens

From the tomb of Isis at Eleusis. Middle Geometric period (850-760 BC.). National Archaeological Museum of Athens

A PAIR OF GREEK GOLD EARRINGS   CLASSICAL PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH CENTURY B.C.   Each boat shaped, with a high-arching earwire, ornamented with filigree spirals and diamonds in granulation, each end with a ring of granulation framed by plain rings, a loop at the bottom suspending a pomegranate-shaped pendant adorned with granulation; with modern gold ear-posts

A PAIR OF GREEK GOLD EARRINGS CLASSICAL PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH CENTURY B.C. Each boat shaped, with a high-arching earwire, ornamented with filigree spirals and diamonds in granulation, each end with a ring of granulation framed by plain rings, a loop at the bottom suspending a pomegranate-shaped pendant adorned with granulation; with modern gold ear-posts

From a tomb in Tillia Tepe, Afghanistan, a piece of first century jewelry depicting the goddess Athena. The image of Athena is from the national museum in Kabul, and the photograph was taken in 2006 when the piece was among those in the "Afghanistan, Rediscovered Treasures" exhibition at Musee Guimet in Paris, France. Though much war and looting has resulted in loss of many of Afghanistan's antiquities, this is among those that survive.

From a tomb in Tillia Tepe, Afghanistan, a piece of first century jewelry depicting the goddess Athena. The image of Athena is from the national museum in Kabul, and the photograph was taken in 2006 when the piece was among those in the "Afghanistan, Rediscovered Treasures" exhibition at Musee Guimet in Paris, France. Though much war and looting has resulted in loss of many of Afghanistan's antiquities, this is among those that survive.

From a tomb in Tillia Tepe, Afghanistan, a piece of first century jewelry depicting the goddess Athena. The image of Athena is from the national museum in Kabul, and the photograph was taken in 2006 when the piece was among those in the "Afghanistan, Rediscovered Treasures" exhibition at Musee Guimet in Paris, France. Though much war and looting has resulted in loss of many of Afghanistan's antiquities, this is among those that survive.

From a tomb in Tillia Tepe, Afghanistan, a piece of first century jewelry depicting the goddess Athena. The image of Athena is from the national museum in Kabul, and the photograph was taken in 2006 when the piece was among those in the "Afghanistan, Rediscovered Treasures" exhibition at Musee Guimet in Paris, France. Though much war and looting has resulted in loss of many of Afghanistan's antiquities, this is among those that survive.