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Historical Archive: Paleolithic through 8th century BCE


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"Venus of Kostenki", limestone, 23000-22000 BCE, Hermitage. For profile see Hermitage.
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horse head, bone, Magdalenian c.18,000-12,000 BCE, La Roche Lalinde, Dordogne, SMB MVFg Va 7216
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Two swimming reindeer from Montastruc, mammoth ivory, c.11,000 BCE (Late Magdalenian), BM Palart.550
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human head, sandstone, Mesolithic 7th-6th millennium BCE, area Lepenski Vir, Serbia, SMB MVFg IVa 2033
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Jericho plastered skull with cowrie shell eyes, Neolithic, Ashmolean. This work has its own page.
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orant holding vase, alabaster, late Uruk c.3300 BCE, Louvre Sb 71. For other views see Louvre.
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woman giving birth (baby's head at base), lapis lazuli with shell eyes and copper carrying wire, Bactrian (Iran, SE. Kerman province, Tepe Giyan III, IV, 3rd millennium BCE ?), Louvre AO 31921
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pin head, serpent with ears, lapis lazuli and copper, Bactrian (Iran, SE. Kerman province, Tepe Giyan III, IV, 3rd millennium BCE ?), Louvre AO 31920
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petroglyphs from Lake Onega, granite, 3rd-2nd millennium BCE, Hermitage, which have their own page
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Egyptian door socket: prisoner, sandstone, Hierakonpolis c.2900 BCE, Penn E3959
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goat in tree, Ur c.2600 BCE, BM 1929,1017.1, which has its own page
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Standard of Ur, lapis lazuli, shell, and red limestone, c. 2600-2400 BCE, BM ME 121201. This work has its own page.
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alabaster priest from Khafaje, c.2600-2350 BCE, Penn 37-15-31, which has its own page
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bull's head: copper, mother of pearl, lapis lazuli; mid 3rd millennium BCE Tello (Girsu), Louvre AO 2676. For another view see Louvre.
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lyre/harp: bull head and front plaque, Ur c.2550-2450 BCE, Penn B17694A/B, which has its own page
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goat in tree, Ur c.2550-2450 BCE, Penn 30-12-702, which has its own page
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harp inlay, shell and lapis, Ur c.2550-2450 BCE, Penn 30-12-484. For details see Penn.
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cosmetic box lid: lion attacking sheep or goat, shell and lapis lazuli, Ur c.2550-2450 BCE, Penn B16744A
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game board, shell, limestone, lapis; Ur c.2550-2450 BCE, Penn B16742. For detail see Penn.
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jewelry of attendant in tomb of Queen Puabi, Ur c.2550-2450 BC, Penn. For detail see Penn.
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Superintendent Ebih-Il, from temple of Ishtar, Mari, Syria: gypsum, lapis lazuli, shell, c.2340 BCE, Louvre AO 17551. This work has its own page.
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Stele of Naram-Sin, pink limestone, 2254-2218 BCE, Louvre. For other views see Louvre.
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eyes prob. from a guardian lion at Mari, temple of the lions, limestone and schist, late 3rd millennium BCE, Louvre AO 19504, SO 19505
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Gudea figure later used to grind grain, basalt, c.2190-2100 BCE, BM 1903.1012.7. For closer view see BM.
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bull with man's head, steatite, Mesopotamia c.21502000 BCE, Louvre AO 2752. For other views see Louvre.
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Gudea with overflowing vase, dolerite, c.2120 BCE, Louvre AO 2212. This work has its own page.
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Gudea dedicated to Ningishzida from Tello (Girsu), diorite, c.2120 BCE, Louvre AO 3293, AO 4108
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Ur-Ningirsu (son of Gudea), gypsiferous alabaster, c.2110 BCE, Tello (Girsu), Louvre AO 9504 and Met (head). This work has its own page.
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cuneiform tablet, diorite, Iraq 19th-17th c. BCE, Pushkin
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Code of Hammurabi, basalt, 1792-1750 BCE, Louvre, Near Eastern Antiquities, Sb 8. This work has its own page.
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cist grave, shell limestone, 16th c. BCE, Helgoland, SMB MVFg Im 1173. For other views see Berlin.
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head of figure holding spears from Chernovaya Burial Mound VIII, Okunev Culture, 1st half of 2nd millennium BCE, Hermitage
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fantastic animal, Okunev culture, 1st half of 2nd millennium BCE, Khakassia, Russia, Hermitage
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necklace of faience beads, 1570-1070 BCE, SF 20356. For detail see SF.
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Osiris and inscription from Abydos or Thebes, limestone, New Kingdom later 18th dynasty (c.1550-1295 BCE), KM 1971.02.0191
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cylinder seal, ANE 1500-1300 BCE in 1970s mount, p.c., which has its own page
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faience game pieces from Tell Guirgor (Iraq), 14th-12th c. BCE, Louvre N 3413 or N III 313. For profile view see Louvre.
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cosmetic spoon, ivory/ebony/paint, New Kingdom c.1388-1351 BCE, Pushkin. For other views see Pushkin.
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Akhenaten, Nefertiti, 3 daughters, limestone, c.1345 BCE, SMB EgMP ÄM 14145, which has its own page
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horse head, limestone, c.1345 BCE, SMB EgMP ÄM 23717
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Royal couple, limestone, c.1335 BCE, SMB EgMP ÄM 15000, which has its own page
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faience owl amulet from Beth Shean, c.1300-1200 BCE, Penn 29-104-184/85/86. For another owl amulet see Penn.
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Osiris as vegetable god in coffin, wood and grain, Egypt 19th-20th dynasty, 1295-1069 BCE, Florence MA. This work has its own page.
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woman, ceramic/polychromy, late Dynasty 19, c. 1250-1186 BCE, SF 2000.132. For other views see SF.
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terracotta sarcophagus from Beth Shean, c.1200-1150 BCE, Penn 29-103-789/791, which has its own page
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steatite jewelry mold from Beth Shean, c.1200-1150 BCE, Penn 29-107-966
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bird pendant fr. Khodzhaly burial ground, Caucasus, bronze, late 2nd-early 1st millenium BCE, Hermitage 16698. For oblique view see Hermitage.
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Selket, protector of the dead, bronze, 1st millennium BCE Egypt, Pushkin
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bone horse, c.1000 BCE, Dyakovskaya culture, MSHM
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oak tree trunk well head with deposits, c.1000 BCE, Berlin-Lichterfelde, SMB. For detail see Berlin.
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bone boar grip, c.1000 BCE, Dyakovskaya culture, MSHM
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Neo-Elamite rhyton in the form of a zebu bull, earthenware, from Amlash (Iran) c.1000-800 BCE, IMA 75.301. For profile see IMA.
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limestone game board with bulls from Balawat (Imgur Enlil; Iraq), early 1st millennium BCE, Louvre AO 14049 bis
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buckle, Koban, c.1000-500 BCE, MSHM
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ivory winged sphinx, Nimrud 8th c. BCE, Penn 65-3-2
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woman spinning from Susa, bitumen, 8th-mid 6th c. BCE, Louvre Sb 2834
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bronze horse, Greek c.750-30 BCE, AIC 2016.193. This work has its own page.