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Marble Portrait Bust of Antonia/Clytie


c. 40-50 AD

Possibly depicts the younger Antonia the daughter of Mark Antony and mother of the Emperor Claudius. It was long identified with the nymph Clytie. The bust was reworked between the 16th and 18th centuries to include the flower petals, originally she was probably wearing a heavier, less revealing tunic.

Height: 57 cm 

Source: British Museum

Painted Wooden Ointment Spoon

18th Dynasty Egypt

This spoon shaped container for unguent or scented oil takes the form of lotus flowers surmounted by a mandrake fruit. The lid swivels via a peg. 

Length: 28 cm

Source: British Museum

From a Wine Jar

Roman: Cnidian Ware

c. 2nd Century AD

Part of a oinophoros decorated with an erotic scene showing a woman and a horse kissing.

Height: 7.3 cm

Width: 7.4 cm

Source: British Museum


Engraved Steatite

900-700 BC

Geometric Greek Period

Pale green gem engraved with a horse according to the museum. It’s quite an abstract horse but I can kind of see it. 

Source: British Museum

Gorget (terminal) or Box lid



1150-750 BC

Late Bronze Age

Disc shaped ornament with intricate details.

Diameter: 6.9 cm

Thickness: 0.02 cm

Source: British Museum

Crotals (rattles)

Copper Alloy


950-750 BC

Late Bronze Age

Part of a hoard found in a bog in 1820s. There were 48 crotals in total as well as weapons, vessals and horns. 

Source: British Museum

Lead Toy Figure in the shape of a Horse and Rider


1st-3rd Century AD

Height: 4.3 cm

Possibly a little toy soldier played with by Roman children much like children today.

Source: British Museum

Marble Statue

Found at the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

East/Archaic Greek

550-520 BC

Source: British Museum

Neck Amphora

Red figure pottery

made in Campania, Italy

c. 470-425 BC

Western Greek

Depicts Heracles, bearded and wearing his lion skin, supporting the heavens. Elsewhere on the piece the goddess Hera is shown along with Atlas and the tree of the Hesperides.

Source: British Museum 

Hanging Lamp in the shape of a peacock

Copper Alloy

Found in Egypt

c. 5th-7th century 

Lamp for suspension in the shape of a peacock, with a circular foot, spout and a hole in its back for filling.

Source: British Museum

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