- Dated: circa 1720
- Culture: French
- Medium: steel
Ancient Greek Dog Rhyton, c. 340-325 BC
Molded into the shape of a Laconian dog, the rhyton comes from the ancient Greek colony of Apulia, in what is now southern Italy. The vessel was designed with a wide mouth at one end, with the other pierced with a small hole.
It is believed that the cup would have been used to scoop wine from a larger carrier, blocking the hole with a thumb, before releasing again to let the fluid drain out. The stunning item bears the trademark style of ancient Greece, painted in black over terracotta.
Polychrome Terracotta Bull Cult Figure, Indus Valley Civilization, c. 3rd Millennium BC
The Indus Valley Civilization was a vast Bronze Age civilization lasting from 3300 to 1300 BC, with its mature period from 2600 to 1900 BC. It extended from what today is northeast Afghanistan to Pakistan and northwest India. The civilization disappeared mysteriously by 1800 BC and was replaced by the Vedic culture in parts of India. The actual origins of the Indus Valley people is still being debated by historians.
In addition to animals, the Indus Valley people worshipped a mother-goddess and father-god. Parallels to this theology exist in other nearby Bronze Age civilizations as well.
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- Dated: circa 1700
- Measurements: overall length 53 cm
The dagger has a long, straight, single -and false-edged blade with a deep, rear groove and a cross-shaped stamp at the tang. The iron hilt features an oval knuckle-guard (remains of gilding), decorated with double line, straight quillons. The dagger has a vase-shaped pommel and a grip with brass wire binding.