ancient-art

Gold coin of the Parisii 

The Celts began making their own coins in the 200s b.c. when they received payment  from Hellenistic kings who employed Celtic warriors as mercenaries. The king weighs 6.8 grams and is about 2cm in diameter. 

Celtic, Europe (area of Paris), 2nd century BC. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

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Fayum portraits.

Fayum mummy portraits is the name given to a large number of paintings from the first to third century. These are tempera or encaustic paintings, made with hot, pigmented wax on wooden panels, which were inserted into the mummies of the deceased. The surviving paintings are predominantly from the Fayum region in Roman Egypt, where the practice was common and the dry heat preserved many of the paintings until today.