history of gold

Achaemenid Gold Ribbed Cup, 6th-4th Century BC

The closest parallels to this cup are similar shaped cups that have been adapted into rhyton vessels by the addition of an animal shaped spout. The ridged pattern to the body can be seen on a number of rhyton vessels and jugs, and would have enabled the user to hold the body without it slipping through the fingers. The cup is very unusual as most vessels used for drinking consisted mainly of the rhyton or phiale, though the use of beakers is known from depictions at the great palace of Persepolis, where delegations of Medes, Bactrians and Parthians are shown on the east side of the Apandana bearing these vessels as tribute. 33.80 grams, 80mm (3 ¼")

Nefertiti Aesthetic ; Lady of Grace

Nefertiti was the wife of Akhenaten, an Egyptian pharaoh. It is debated whether or not she was Tutankhamun’s mother, although she was married to his father. She was made famous in the present day by her bust, which has been recreated many times. In life she was known to be extremely beautiful, and the reign she and her husband had is thought to be the most prosperous and rich in Ancient Egyptian history.