Ancient Beads in Faience, Glass, Stone & Metal

The humble bead has been a part of human decoration and self adornment for as much as 100,000 years. The earliest examples, from around the Mediterranean shores of the Near East and North Africa, were made from shell and bone. With the rise of urban civilizations and new technologies beads were developed in new materials.… Read More Ancient Beads in Faience, Glass, Stone & Metal

Roman Antiquities in the British Museum: A Photo Essay

The British Museum’s holdings of Roman antiquities, broadly covering about 800 years, from the early Republic through the collapse of the western Empire, are so vast that only a very small percentage of the material on display can be presented here. We hope this brief photo essay, focusing on antiquities and displays that are the… Read More Roman Antiquities in the British Museum: A Photo Essay

A Sampler of Ancient Assyrian Art at the British Museum

Glazed terracotta tile. Nimrud. 875-850 BCE Protective spirit. Northwest Palace at Nimrud. 865 BCE Human headed winged lion, formerly flanking a doorway in the Northwest Palace at Nimrud. Time of Ashurnasirpal I, 865 BCE The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III, showing scenes of tribute bearers from many lands. 858-824 BCE Gates from Shalmaneser III’s palace… Read More A Sampler of Ancient Assyrian Art at the British Museum

Ancient Ceramic Oil Lamps at Clio Ancient Art

Ancient Roman pottery oil lamps offer antiquities collectors the opportunity to specialize in a very specific area of collecting. The range of different types, ranging from black glazed Hellenistic-inspired types in time of the Republic through the North African and Syro-Palestinian types with Christian-inspired decoration during Byzantine transition, span a period of some 5t00 years.… Read More Ancient Ceramic Oil Lamps at Clio Ancient Art