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Articles in this category focus on particular objects, which are examined in close detail and may serve as the jumping off point for further discussion.

An Indian figurine from Pompeii

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An Indian figurine from Pompeii

Published on 21 November 2017

In the 1930s, archaeologists made a remarkable discovery at Pompeii: an ivory figurine that was originally created in faraway India.

Royal Game of Ur

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Royal Game of Ur

Published on 13 November 2017

Two gameboards from the Royal Tombs of Ur, a Sumerian city-state in what is now Iraq, date back to 2600–2400 BC.

A fish plate from Paestum

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A fish plate from Paestum

Published on 16 October 2017

From the museum at Paestum in Southern Italy comes this red-figure “fish plate”. But what is it exactly?

A warrior on a red-figure cup

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A warrior on a red-figure cup

Published on 2 October 2017

The collection of the Allard Pierson Museum includes this beautiful red-figure cup with a picture of a warrior.

Stele of the Vultures

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Stele of the Vultures

Published on 14 August 2017

This ancient stele, dated to between ca. 2600 and 2350 BC, is a key piece of evidence in the history of warfare.

A man and his Adam's apple

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A man and his Adam's apple

Published on 10 September 2016

An Egyptian portrait currently in the British Museum is noteworthy for its depiction of a prominent Adam’s apple.

The Horseman of Grumentum

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The Horseman of Grumentum

Published on 8 February 2015

A closer look at a handsome bronze figurine of a horseman from Southern Italy, now at the British Museum.