The Library of Ashurbanipal from the 7th century BC, was found in the ruins of the ancient Assyrian capital Nineveh and contains 30,000 priceless cuneiform texts in clay tablets . H.G. Wells called it “the most precious source of historical material in the world.”
The Winged Victory of Samothrace, 2nd century BCE. Made of Parian marble, It depicts Nike, the Greek goddess of Victory. It is considered by many to be “the greatest masterpiece of Hellenistic sculpture”. Displayed at the Louvre.
Chamberlain, Daladier, Hitler, Mussolini, and Ciano pictured just before signing the Munich Agreement, 29 September 1938.
Harold Agnew, physicist on the Manhattan Project, holding plutonium core of the “Fat Man” atomic bomb to be dropped on Nagasaki, 1945.
Alabaster Relief Panel depicting Assyrian Divinity, from Nimrud, Mesopotamia. Circa 900 BCE, Neo-Assyrian period. Displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
A 26000-year-old 8cm high male head carved of mammoth ivory, found in Dolní Věstonice in the Czech Republic.
Polish 12-year-old girl kneeling over the body of her sister who was killed during bombing by the Nazis, Poland on September 9, 1939.
Jewish Children with their Teacher in Samarkand. Early color photograph from Russia, created by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii as part of his work to document the Russian Empire from 1909 to 1915.
A 5,300-year-old pottery statue from North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region. Hongshan culture (4700-2900 BCE).
A Gold signet ring from Tiryns, Greece, a Mycenaean archaeological site in Argolis, in the Peloponnese, 15th century BC. From The National Archaeological Museum, Athens.
Ancient Mycenaean Gold Diadem, Aegean art from 1600-1500 BC displayed in the National Archaeological Museum, Athens, Greece.
Bust of Ptolemy Apion, (150 BC – 96 BC) the last king of Cyrenaica. He separated Cyrenaica from Egypt and in his last will he gave his kingdom to Rome. (National Archaeological Museum of Naples, Italy).
2000-year-old spindle and whorl with preserved silk thread in original colors. China, Western Han dynasty, 202 BC–9 AD.
An Olmec greenstone axe head. Middle Pre-Classic Period (1000-600 BCE), now on display at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.
Greek Amethyst Intaglio of Achilles playing the Cithara, dated to 75-50 BCE. Located in the Getty Museum.