Armor Garniture of George Clifford (1558 – 1605), Third Earl of Cumberland. Appointed Queen’s Champion in 1590 and was made a Knight of the Garter two years later. A favorite of Queen Elizabeth I, he chose for the decoration of this armor the Tudor rose, the French fleur-de-lis, and the cipher of Elizabeth, two E’s back to back.
Portion of an ancient Roman chain-link necklace with a lunula (miniature crescent), decorated with filigree. Artist unknown; 1st cent. CE. Now in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Photo credit: Walters Art Museum.
Burgonet: A mermaidlike siren forming the helmet’s comb holds a grimacing head of Medusa by the hair. The sides of the helmet are covered with acanthus scrolls inhabited by putti, a motif derived from ancient Roman sculpture and wall paintings. Dated 1543.
Golden pendant with
decoration, bearing a portrait of Alexander the Great. Artist unknown; 4th cent. CE. Found at Aboukir, Egypt; now in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Photo credit: Walters Art Museum.
Ancient Egyptian cat amulet in bronze and gold, thought to represent the goddess Bast/Bastet. Artist unknown; Third Intermediate Period (1069-664 BCE). Now in the Louvre. Photo credit: Rama/Wikimedia Commons.