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Not much is known about this statue of a retired townsman, which was created in Japan sometime during the late 17th or early 18th century. It’s about 17 inches … Continue reading
This very simple ring is not much to look at, but it has an illustrious history. It belonged to a man named William Strachey, who was born in Essex, England … Continue reading
This haunting face, cast in wax, is the visage of one of the greatest and most controversial men in British history. Oliver Cromwell, one of the major figures in the … Continue reading
In the mid-15th century, one of the greatest breakthroughs in the history of human communication occurred in central Europe, in what’s now Germany. Johannes Gutenberg developed the printing press that … Continue reading
The Benin Bronzes are not one object, but many. During the 16th and 17th centuries, the Benin Empire, a powerful kingdom of the Edo tribe, held sway over a portion … Continue reading
Most people who have seen an image of the object pictured above think of it as the “Aztec calendar stone.” In fact it’s probably not a calendar, and is more … Continue reading
This may look like just another collection of old coins, but the Erfurt Treasure is a collective artifact that shows us in tangible form some of the darkest days in … Continue reading