Hellenistic Gold Oak Wreath, c. 4th-3rd Century BC. A Greek Hellenistic diadem wreath comprising numerous projecting sprays of sheet-gold oak leaves in two sizes with serrated edges and veins. The most famous of such wreaths is the example from Vergina in the tomb of Philip II of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great. The oak leaves may symbolize the power of Zeus, who was often represented by the oak tree. This is a finely detailed example of the type executed with great skill.

Hellenistic Gold Oak Wreath, c. Century BC A Greek Hellenistic diadem wreath comprising numerous projecting sprays of sheet-gold oak leaves in two sizes with serrated edges and veins, a large.

Terracotta Tomb Plaque, Byzantine or Visigothic, c. 400 - 800. Probably made in Spain

closeup of the ancient Chi Rho symbol -Terracotta Tomb Plaque, Byzantine or Visigothic, c. 400 - Probably made in Spain

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"Cycladic Goddess Sculptures Cycladic civilization (also known as Cycladic culture or The Cycladic period) is an Early Bronze Age culture of the Cyclades, Greece, in the Aegean Sea, spanning the period from approximately BCE.

The oldest document in world history is a clay tablet created by the Sumerians, a people that lived in Ancient Mesopotamia, modern day Iraq, in 3,300 B.C. More: http://bigpicturehistory.com/what-is-the-oldest-document-in-world-history/

Letter sent by the high-priest Lu’enna to the king of Lagash (maybe Urukagina), informing him of his son’s death in combat, c. 2400 BC, found in Telloh (ancient Girsu) Source: Louvre Museum.

Minoan Labyrinth Wall Plaque

Minoan Labyrinth Wall Plaque - This seven-circuit labyrinth dates back to 1200 BC in Greece. A single, continuous pathway winds into its center. It symbolizes the cycle of life, death and rebirth.

Gold marriage rings.  Byzantine.  6th century  The wedded couple is blessed by the engraved cross in between the couple on the ring, as well as the bust of Christ above them.  The Greek inscription means "harmony of God."

century The wedded couple is blessed by the engraved cross in between the couple on the ring, as well as the bust of Christ above them. The Greek inscription means "harmony of God.

Minoan ceramic bathtub with decorations, about 1400BC

Ceramic Bathtub, Late Minoan, Century B. Even for the elite, a bath would have been a great and occasional luxury. As with many other Minoan bathtubs, this one was probably later used as a coffin to convey the deceased across the sea.

The Partridges. Ancient Greek fresco from the Palace of Knossos. The best preserved sections are on the west wall and depict birds that closely resemble the male Red-Legged Partridge of southern Europe.

Ancient Minoan fresco from the Palace of Knossos. The best preserved sections are on the west wall and depict birds that closely resemble the male Red-Legged Partridge of southern Europe.

In this post, I would like to share a recent discovery of mine. While searching for materials on the Minoan religion, I stumbled across a nu...

Series of golden signet rings from Minoan Crete, late Minoan period, century BC

Minoan rock-crystal bowl. 16th century BCE.

A Minoan rock-crystal bowl in the form of a duck, century BCE. The vessel was found at Mycenae but has been attributed to the earlier Minoan civilization based on Crete. The vessel was probably used to store cosmetic creams.

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