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Egyptian Gold Amulet of Sobek-Re, Late Period, 664-332 BC

The crocodile god Sobek was worshiped in the region of Thebes and particularly in the Fayum. Bronze figures of Sobek-Re, wearing the sun disc and uraeus, were offered in the sanctuaries of the region. Crocodile amulets were also offered in funerary ceremonies for protection from water-borne perils. The lack of suspension loop or piercing suggests this amulet was placed within the mummy wrappings. 2 cm long

Gold Byzantine bracelet decorated  with lapis lazuli, pearl and glass. Early Byzantine period, 5th - 7th century A.D.

Χρυσό Βυζαντινό βραχιόλι διακοσμημένο με λάπις λάζουλι, μαργαριτάρι και γυαλί. Πρώιμη Βυζαντινή περίοδος, πέμπτος με έβδομος αιώνας μ.Χ.

One of a pair of bracelets found on Shoshenq II’s body with representations of the Wadjet eye upon a basket. The eyes are depictions of the eyes of the god Horus with the right equated with the sun and the left equated with the moon. By wearing these bracelets the king would be protected and guided by the god into eternity.

From Tanis. Gold, lapis lazuli, carnelian and white faience. 3rd Intermediate Period, 22nd Dynasty, ca. 887-885 BC. 
Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 72184B.


Hellenistic Gold Wreaths

In Ancient Greece, wreath crowns were given as prizes to the victors of athletic and artistic competitions. The wreaths were often made from the branches of Laurel, Myrtle, Oak, and Olive trees. These trees in Ancient Greece were symbolic of various number of concepts such as wisdom, triumph, fertility, peace, and virtue. 

Gold wreaths were meant to imitate their natural counterparts.  However, due to their fragile nature, they were only worn on very special occasions.  Many gold wreaths were dedicated as temple offerings and served as funerary goods for royalty and the wealthy elite. The vast majority of gold wreaths date to the Hellenistic Period, after the conquests of Alexander the Great, although they have been known to have existed since the Classical era. They exemplify the exceptional skill of goldsmiths during the Hellenistic period.

1) Gold Laurel Wreath from Cyprus, 4th-3rd Century BCE.  Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Germany.

2) Gold Wreath of Oak Leaves from the Royal Tombs of Aigai. 4th Century BCE. The Louvre.  

3) Gold Myrtle Wreath. 4th-3rd Century BCE. The Benaki Museum, Athens.

4) Gold Wreath of Oak Leaves and Flowers from Attica. 2nd-1st Century BCE. Canadian Museum of History, Quebec. 

5) Gold Wreath of Oak Leaves and Acorns. 4th Century BCE. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

6) Gold Myrtle Wreath from Corinth. 4th-3rd Century BCE. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

thus, with a kiss

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“We were nothing more
than star-crossed lovers,
tangled up in what could
have been.”
—Angela Marie Alfaro

She meets him on her eleventh birthday, her father’s Housekeeper, Geraldine, scolding him as he is caught stealing food from the kitchens. A stable boy, with scraggly hair and blue eyes she’s heard her sister read through thick texts of that would akin them to clear skies and rapid waters.

She hears his name is Forsythe, and her fingers curl around the thick wooden door to watch as his cheeks flush at the older woman’s stern voice. His stomach growls loudly, her own ears catching the rumbling from her hidden position at the doorway.

“Now, swab the floors in the barn at once before punishments are imposed on you, Forsythe.” Geraldine’s voice murmurs, her gray hair perched in a tight bun on her head. “If the job is done well, I shall save an extra roll of bread from my supper for you. Is this agreeable?”

“Yes, Miss Geraldine.” The boy with dirt covered cheeks replies, excitement in his tone at the prospect of more food being presented to him.

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