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Greek Gold Necklace with Amber Pendants. c. 6th-4th Century BC

Throughout antiquity amber was very much appreciated. However, as a natural material, it is prone to decay and rarely survives. In ancient times, the main source of amber was the Baltic coast and from there various trade roads brought it to the Mediterranean. Mycenaeans imported amber beads from as early as the Geometric and Oriental periods. Greek craftsmen used amber, as did the Etruscans, until around 500 BC, when the supply stopped and the material also went out of fashion.

Vinča Terracotta Male Figure, Neolithic Period, c. 5th Millennium BC

The Vinča culture is a Neolithic culture in Southeastern Europe, dated to  5700-4500 BC. It is named for its type site, Vinča-Belo Brdo, a large archaeological site in Vinča, a suburb of Belgrade, Serbia. The culture occupied a region corresponding mainly to modern-day Serbia and Kosovo, but also parts of Romania, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Greece. Various styles of zoomorphic and anthropomorphic figurines are hallmarks of the culture, as are the Vinča symbols, which some conjecture to be an early form of proto-writing.

The figure has a characteristic triangular head, pointed chin and broad shoulders, wearing a V-necked, long-sleeved tunic with pleated sleeves, and short skirt with incised chevron decoration, all preserving remains of red and black pigment with white paste in the incised decoration, wearing a red cap with hair in a long plait hanging down the back, seated with hands on hips, on a low bench with ram-head terminals, incised decoration on the front and back, each arm with two pierced holes.

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Image from page 197 of “Vues des Cordillères, et monumens des peuples indigènes de l’Amérique” (1813)

Identifier: gri_33125012643553

TitleVues des Cordillères, et monumens des peuples indigènes de l’Amérique

Year1813 (1810s)

AuthorsHumboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859 Schoell, Frédéric, 1766-1833, publisher Stone, John Hurford, 1763-1818, printerBouquet, Louis, 1765-1814, engraver Gmelin, Wilhelm Friedrich, 1760-1820, engraver Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859. Voyage aux régions équinoxiales du nouveau continent

SubjectsIndians of Mexico Indians of South America MontañasMontañas Indios

PublisherA Paris : Chez F. Schoell, rue des Fossés-Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois, no. 29

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Ahh, trees.

Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time, is a collection of beautiful, stoic images that feel suspended in time. Though our distant ancestors left the shelter and safety of trees some 3.5 million years ago, Moon’s work points to our enduring affinity for—and exploitation of—really, really big trees.

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Viking Thor’s Hammer Pendant, 10th Century AD

Silver pendant in the shape of a stylized hammer. The obverse side engraved with interlaced bands. The suspension ring in the shape of an eagle’s head. Rare evidence of the veneration of Norse gods from the early period of Christianization.