A once hollow 4,600 year old game-board inlaid with shell for what we now call The Royal Game of Ur: The original gameplay is lost but a version was played in the ‘50s in a Jewish community in India. A ~177 BCE set of rules and rule copies were found and a modern set derived.
The Lansdowne Antinous, depicting the deified lover of Emperor Hadrian as Dionysus, the god of rebirth. Found at Hadrian’s Villa - c.130-138 AD.
The Great Serpent Mound is a 411 meters long prehistoric effigy mound in Adams County, Ohio, making it the largest serpent effigy in the world. Archaeologists are still debating if the mound was built by either the Adena Culture around 320 BCE, or the Fort Ancient Culture around 1070 CE.
The baptistry basin of the Byzantine Basilica of St Vitalis in ancient Sufetula, today known as Sbeitla in Tunisia. 5th-6th century.
10th century soapstone mould from Trendgaarden, Denmark, for casting both pagan Mjöllnir amulets and Christian crosses.
Belle Époque dancer Cleo de Merode, considered by many to be the most beautiful woman of her time - 1890s.
THE TERM “civil war” is something of an oxymoron. Just like “jumbo shrimp” or “original copy,” the two words are inherently contradictory. After all, there is little room for civility amid the violence and savagery of armed conflict. Yet, leave it to the Swiss (those masters of neutrality) to give us at least one example of a truly civil war — the Sonderbundkrieg of 1847.
The conflict was a month-long fight between Switzerland’s reform-minded, predominantly Protestant federal government and a rebel army of conservative Roman Catholics. And although civil wars can be among the bloodiest and most acrimonious of all armed conflicts, this particular contest was utterly genteel by comparison.
Ancient Greek youth practicing with a ball, depicted in low relief on a marble grave stele found in Piraeus, 400-375 BCE. Now on display at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.
Haniwa (hollow clay sculpture) of a warrior. Kofun period, 5th–early 6th century CE, Japan. Now housed at the Metropolitan museum.
Six peasants of Bouzuluk District posing with the remains of humans they had eaten, Russian famine of 1921.
Bone/tooth necklace and carved bone “daggers”. Yamnaya culture, modern day southern Russia. 3300–2600 BC.
2,100-year-old burial suit of prince Liu Sheng, made of 2,498 jade pieces. China, Han dynasty, 113 BC.
Iron Age gold bracelet, Sakae Culture from the Siberian collection of Tsar Peter I. Circa 4th century B.C.
A Dutch athlete receives a portrait of Adolf Hitler as a sports prize, presented by General Otto Schumann, commander of the Ordnungspolizei. The Hague, The Netherlands, 1941.
Edward Shawcross’s sympathetic biography shows how the hapless Habsburg was ruthlessly manipulated by Napoleon III and then cruelly betrayed…