Roman couche and footstool with bone carvings and glass inlays
1st – early 2nd century A.D.
Made from wood, bone and glass. The legs are made from bone and are decorated with a frieze of huntsmen around the mythological figure of Ganymede.
Perhaps from the villa of Lucius Verus on the Via Cassia, just outside of Rome.
Source: The Metropolitan Museum
The Ivory carved head seen at the left is from Nimrud and dates to the late Assyrian period, around 720 BC. It was originally thought to be stolen, but was later found in the Museum, so survives today. She has been nicknamed the “Mona Lisa of Nimrud”.
Her hair has been painted black, and the artwork is originally believed to have been attached to a piece of furniture. (Perhaps a throne for a Queen? “
Plaque for protection against the female demon Lamashtu, Neo-Assyrian, 934-612 BC, made of bronze.
Intended to be hung over the patient’s bed, this plaque afforded protection from the terrible female demon Lamashtu, who appears on the front. She was believed to cause many illnesses. Her husband Pazuzu, shown on the back, is invoked to persuade her to go away and thus speed the patient’s recovery. (x)
Courtesy & currently located at the Louvre, France. Photo taken by Rama.
Axe blade with the name of Adad-nirari I, Kassite period. from 1307 until 1275 BC, made of bronze.
Courtesy & currently located at the Louvre, France. Photo taken by Marie-Lan Nguyen.
The golden bull is a symbol of the Mesopotamian sun god Shamash. The bull-headed lyre of Ur is among the most significant artifacts that shed light on early Mesopotamian funerary rituals. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA.
Photo by Babylon Chronicle
Plaque made of gold with horned lion-griffins from the Achaemenid era (6th - 4th century BCE). The city of Babylon became the capital of the Achaemenid Empire when Cyrus the Great proclaimed himself king of Babylon around 540 BCE. Babylon remained the central office of the Achaemenid Empire until the end of Greco-Persian Wars that made Alexander the Great the new ruler of Babylon. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY.
Photo by Babylon Chronicle
The Ancient Egyptian Famine-stela on Sehel Island, near Aswan. It is thought to date to the Ptolemaic dynasty, 332–31 BC, though speaks of the reign of 3rd dynasty king Djoser.
Photo courtesy & taken by HoremWeb
Dreading the dentist dates back centuries. Judging from this image individuals in medieval times had good reason to fear such visits. Pulling teeth was not exactly a subtle activity back then. Moreover, the fact that the dentist kept pulled teeth as trophies is worrisome. The image is part of a heavily illustrated encyclopedia compiled in fourteenth-century London. With a total of 650 illustrations it must have cost a small fortune. Why depict such a fearful event? I like to think the image is included to show just how brave the owner of the book was during his torture trips to the dentist.
Pic: London, British Library, MS Royal 6 E.vi (c. 1360-75). More images from this manuscript here.
Israel Antiquities Authority press release:
A spectacular colorful mosaic dating to the Byzantine period (4th–6th centuries CE) was exposed in recent weeks in the fields of Kibbutz Bet Qama, in the B’nei Shimon regional council. The mosaic was discovered within the framework of an archaeological excavation the Israel Antiquities Authority is carrying out prior to the construction of an interchange between Ma’ahaz and Devira Junction, undertaken and funded by the Cross-Israel Highway Company.
The photo here is by Yael Yolovitch for the European Pressphoto Agency and I snagged it from NBC News’s PhotoBlog.