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Bronze statue of a philosopher on a lamp stand

27.3 cm high and weighs 2.9 kg ( 10 3/4 and 6.4 lbs) 

Roman, Early Imperial Period, 1st century AD. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

Copper alloy box for snake mummy 

11.6 cm high (4 9/16 inch.) 

Egyptian, Late Period (?)- Ptolemaic Period (?), 664 - 30 BC. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

Gold and copper spiral 

This piece of jewellery is a gold and copper alloy in the shape of a lion or griffin with a spiked tail at the end. 3.7cm high. 

Greek, Classical period, 350 BC. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

Faience feeding cup 

This cup was used to feed babies and infants. The decoration on the sides are the same as those on magical wands, used for the protection of the child. From left to right: the goddess Taweret, a griffin, a snake, a lion and a turtle. 

Found in Lisht, the Memphis area, found in the west corner of the pyramid cemetery 

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 12th dynasty, 1850 - 1700 BC.

Source: Metropolitan Museum

Limestone head of a bearded man 

89 cm by 35.6 cm by 58.4 cm. ( 35 x 14 x 23 inch.) 

Cypriotic, Archaic Period, early 6th century BC. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

Golden bracelet 

The design is striking; a double spirally twisted strands with a Herakles knot at the bezel. 9.2cm in diameter (3 5/8 inch.). 

Roman, Imperial Period, 2nd century AD. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

Limestone ancestor bust

These busts were used to contact the ancestors in the privacy of the private home. These statues were placed in niches inside the home and offerings could be made there to the ancestors. Because these ancestors were already in the afterlife, they could work on behalf of an individual who gave offerings. However, an upset ancestor could also make a decendent sick or give him or her bad fortune. 

Egyptian, New Kingdom, 19th dynasty, 1320 - 1237 BC. 

Probably from Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el Medina. 

Source: metropolitan Museum

Marble portrait of a young roman woman

37.4 cm high (14 3/4 inch.) 

Roman, Imperial Period, 98 - 117 AD. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

Terracotta oil lamp 

4cm high and 9.2cm wide. 

Roman, Late Imperial Period, 3rd century AD. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

Steatite kohl holder in shape of monkey

6cm high and 4 cm wide (2 3/8 x 1 5/8 inch.) 

Egyptian, New Kingdom, 18th dynasty, 1550 - 1450 BC. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

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