Eharo mask worn during ritual dances before formal sacred rituals from the Elema culture of Papua New Guinea, c. 1800-1882. Made of hammered bark, rattan, and vegetable fiber. [4355×4355]

Eharo mask worn during ritual dances before formal sacred rituals from the Elema culture of Papua New Guinea, c. 1800-1882. Made of hammered bark, rattan, and vegetable fiber. [4355×4355]

The Löwenmensch of the Hohlenstein-Stadel [Germany, 35-40.000 BP]. Carved from mammoth ivory and belonging to the Upper Palaeolithic Aurignacian culture it is the oldest, undisputed piece of figurative art [1960×1113]

The Löwenmensch of the Hohlenstein-Stadel [Germany, 35-40.000 BP]. Carved from mammoth ivory and belonging to the Upper Palaeolithic Aurignacian culture it is the oldest, undisputed piece of figurative art [1960×1113]

Iron sword with a bronze hilt and scabbard which the blade has amalgamated with. Celtic Europe, possible the La Tène culture. ~60 BC. [2978×3722]

Iron sword with a bronze hilt and scabbard which the blade has amalgamated with. Celtic Europe, possible the La Tène culture. ~60 BC. [2978×3722]

Ceramic statuette depicting a spirit being, or possible a shaman in transfigured spirit form. It’s mounted atop of a snuff tray. Jama-Coaque culture, modern day northern Ecuador. 300 BC to 600 AD. [1617×1800]

Ceramic statuette depicting a spirit being, or possible a shaman in transfigured spirit form. It’s mounted atop of a snuff tray. Jama-Coaque culture, modern day northern Ecuador. 300 BC to 600 AD. [1617×1800]

Varna gold treasure from Bulgaria, considered the oldest processed gold in the world dating back to the time of the Chalcolithic (Aeneolithic, Copper Age) Varna Culture, usually dated to 4400-4100 BC. [1024 x 769]

Varna gold treasure from Bulgaria, considered the oldest processed gold in the world dating back to the time of the Chalcolithic (Aeneolithic, Copper Age) Varna Culture, usually dated to 4400-4100 BC. [1024 x 769]

One of the original Gudi (Lit, “Bone Flute”). A group of flute like instruments found in a Neolithic tomb in Jiahu and represents the oldest musical instruments found in the region. Peiligang culture, modern day China. ~6000 BC. [7952×5304]

One of the original Gudi (Lit, “Bone Flute”). A group of flute like instruments found in a Neolithic tomb in Jiahu and represents the oldest musical instruments found in the region. Peiligang culture, modern day China. ~6000 BC. [7952×5304]

A fantastically intricate bead made from gold, recovered from a desert site in southeastern Arabia. Early Iron Age culture, c. 1100-800 BCE. [945×744].

A fantastically intricate bead made from gold, recovered from a desert site in southeastern Arabia. Early Iron Age culture, c. 1100-800 BCE. [945×744].

Large burial mantle (1.66 × 2.7 m) made from alpaca wool woven on cotton warps. It’s design primarily consists of motifs of stylized composite animals. Paracas culture, modern day Peru. 200 BC to 200 AD. [2100×1285]

Large burial mantle (1.66 × 2.7 m) made from alpaca wool woven on cotton warps. It’s design primarily consists of motifs of stylized composite animals. Paracas culture, modern day Peru. 200 BC to 200 AD. [2100×1285]

The Skarpsalling Pot (Funnel Beaker Culture, ca. 3200 BC, Denmark) decorated in the distinct Troldebjerg Style, it is one of the best and finest examples of not just Danish Early Neolithic pottery but Neolithic pottery in general. More pictures in comments [2969 x 1980]

The Skarpsalling Pot (Funnel Beaker Culture, ca. 3200 BC, Denmark) decorated in the distinct Troldebjerg Style, it is one of the best and finest examples of not just Danish Early Neolithic pottery but Neolithic pottery in general. More pictures in… Continue Reading

The Alaca Höyük iron Dagger. Made from Meteoric iron with a golden hilt/guard, its one of the oldest of it’s kind ever discovered. Hattian culture, Modern day turkey. Around 2500 BC. [1000×299]

The Alaca Höyük iron Dagger. Made from Meteoric iron with a golden hilt/guard, its one of the oldest of it’s kind ever discovered. Hattian culture, Modern day turkey. Around 2500 BC. [1000×299]

Hammer-shaped Bone Pins excavated from a Barrow in Southern Russia, belonging to the Yamnaya Culture ~3000BC, exhibiting the patterns of a snake. [400×377]

Hammer-shaped Bone Pins excavated from a Barrow in Southern Russia, belonging to the Yamnaya Culture ~3000BC, exhibiting the patterns of a snake. [400×377]