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Rare and unusual “Femme Fatale” ring pistol, originates from France, third quarter of the 19th century.
Sold at Auction: $11,350
The world’s oldest crown will be taking on Manhattan when it goes on display at a new exhibit on the city’s Upper East Side.
The crown is a relic of the Copper Age, dating back some 6,000 years, and will be on display with 150 other artifacts from the era as part of the “Masters of Fire:…
Byzantine sardonyx vase, 10th-11th century CE. Courtesy of the Louvre.
Nautilus shell scrimshaw, c.1845, dedicated to Queen Victoria; carved with a common penknife, 5½” high, 6¼” deep, 3¼” wide.
Elias Geyer - Hippocampus as a drinking vessel
Rare Beaker burial. The first photo is before conservation, and the second, after.
The excavations at Kingsmead Quarry, Horton revealed a rare and important Beaker burial. Such burials are found across a large part of Western Europe, and date from around 4,500 years ago. This distinctive pot, known as a Beaker vessel, was found on the individual’s torso.
Courtesy Wessex Archaeology.
Clay model of a sheep’s liver, Old Babylonian, about 1900-1600 BCE. Probably from Sippar, southern Iraq.
The Babylonians believed that the world was controlled by gods and that they could give indications of coming events. One of the most widespread means of prediction was the liver omen, in which a sheep was killed and its liver and lungs examined by a specialist priest, the baru. He would ask a particular question and the answer would be supplied by the interpretation of individual markings or overall shape of the liver and lungs. One could then take steps to avoid danger. On this model each box describes the implications of a blemish appearing at this position. Earlier model livers are known from the site of Mari on the Euphrates.
We know from ancient texts that the baru was one of the most important scholars in Mesopotamia. He had to be the descendant of a free man and healthy in body and mind. The baru played an important part in decision making at all levels but particularly where the king was concerned. No military campaign, building work, appointment of an official, or matters of the king’s health would be undertaken without consulting the baru. (x)
This is the 17th-century equivalent of our watch. Made out of ivory, most of these so-called diptych dials were produced in the German city of Nuremberg. This one is signed by its maker, the instrument maker Hans Truschel, who made it in 1603. The top image shows the instrument closed, in the lower image it is opened up. A small pin would be placed in the horizontal half of the instrument and from it a little string would lead to the vertical half (note the tiny red string in the lower image). When placed in the correct orientation the instrument would tell time, quite accurately, just like its better known bigger brother did, the sun dial found in gardens and attached to houses. Imagine taking this gadget out of your pocket in the 17th-century street to check what time it was. Cool.
Pic: Columbia, University Library, Smith Instrument 27-225. More on this instrument here.
Well isn’t this just the prettiest thing ever.
Runic inscription on ox bone, 11th cent. Norway. The inscription reads: “Kys mik” - “Kiss me”
Qajar Axe with Dragon Finials
- Dated: 19th century
- Place of Origin: Persia
- Inscriptions: “Qur’an, surah al-Fath” and “Surah al-Saff”
The blade of crescent form is carved animal motif and gold overlay vegetal designs. There are also inscriptions within a lobed cartouche that are studded with turquoise stones. The axe has elongated dragon finials and spikes, pattern-welded faceted steel haft incised at base and blade.
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