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Tile antefix

Roman Britain, 2nd-3rd century AD
From Holt, Clwyd

This object was one of a row of ornate terminals set along the eaves of a tiled roof. It was made in the tilery of the Roman army’s 20th legion, whose emblem of a wild boar decorates the plaque.

Source: British Museum

Gold buckle from the Thetford treasure

Roman Britain, 4th century AD
From Thetford, Norfolk

A dancing satyr

This gold belt buckle is part of a remarkable hoard of late-Roman gold jewellery and silver tableware found near Thetford, Norfolk, in 1979.

The figure on the plate is a dancing satyr holding a bunch of grapes. Two horses’ heads form the loop or bow. The buckle is one of a number of explicitly pagan items in the treasure, which was buried around AD 390, by which time the Roman Empire was officially Christian.

Source: British Museum

Faience vessel in the form of Eros riding a duck

Probably made in Egypt

c.300-250 BC

Said to be from Tanagra, Greece

This jug is the finest faience vessel surviving from the Hellenistic world. It takes the form of Eros, the Greek god of love, clinging to the neck of a duck on whose back he is riding.

The combination of traditional Egyptian techniques with a purely Greek theme is characteristic of the products of the faience industry at Alexandria. The court of the Ptolemies (the Hellenistic Greek rulers of Egypt) at Alexandria was a great artistic centre. It became the focus for cultural exchange between the Greek and Egyptian worlds and their distinctive artistic traditions.

Source: British Museum 


Garamantian inscription from Oubari

Museum of Jarmah


Link here

(Reblogged from ancientpeoples)

Clay Statuette of Europa 


3rd Century BC-  1st Century AD

Fired clay statuette of Europa riding the bull-figure of Zeus, galloping to the right; she sits sidewards on the bull’s back with her legs crossed, holding the veil to the side of the face with the right hand, and the end of the drapery, close to her knee with the left hand; her left elbow rests on a cushion; nude except for the wide transparent bordered veil; hair parted in the middle and drawn back from the face; on the head she wears a diadem from which the long veil descends; the group is placed on a high oval base, representing a rock (?); double mould, open base; back well worked; venthole in the base; pale greenish clay; remnants of lime wash; traces of original pigments, namely blue paint on the veil, pink on flesh, red on the base and black on the borders of the veil and on the bull’s head.

Source: British Museum

Copper Alloy Girdle Hanger

Early Anglo-Saxon

c. 6th Century

Searby, England

Source: British Museum

Iron Spear

Iron Age

Nilgiri Hills, India

Excavated from a “stone circle between Kunur and Kartari, on the Nilgiris…about six feet in diameter…[in which] a number of weapons and implements were discovered embedded in a thick layer of charcoal…”

Source: British Museum 

Mosaic of Tigeress and cubs

4th Century AD


Source: Cleveland Museum of Art

Mirror Box with Head of Athena

early 4th Century BC


These case or box mirrors, constructed just like modern, hinged ladies’ compacts, were very fashionable from the later 5th century into the 4th century. The decoration of the cover was always in repoussé. Frequently there was another disk within this cover with an incised decoration of a mythological figure. The actual mirror is the highly polished top of the bottom half of the box. A loop at the hinge allowed the mirror to be suspended as a wall decoration when not in active use.

Source: Cleveland Museum of Art

Gold Ring


1-100 AD

Featuring snakes and Herakles Knot.

Source: Cleveland Museum of Art

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