The Imperial Seal of the Nguyen dynasty of Vietnam, made on March 15th 1823, weighted 10.7 kilograms. It’s likely that the seal is now in the hands of emperor Bao Dai’s French widow – Monique Baudot [800×549]

The Imperial Seal of the Nguyen dynasty of Vietnam, made on March 15th 1823, weighted 10.7 kilograms. It’s likely that the seal is now in the hands of emperor Bao Dai’s French widow – Monique Baudot [800×549]

Board and pieces for the game of Hounds and Jackals, made of ivory. Ancient Egypt, 13th dynasty (ca. 1803-1649 BC). Other sets for this game have been found all across Egypt and Mesopotamia. [1353×1296]

Board and pieces for the game of Hounds and Jackals, made of ivory. Ancient Egypt, 13th dynasty (ca. 1803-1649 BC). Other sets for this game have been found all across Egypt and Mesopotamia. [1353×1296]

Fine relief of Nectanebo I offering goods to various demons. Diabase (or black schist?) originally from the Temple of Atum at Heliopolis, 30th dynasty (reign of Nectanebo I, 380-362 BCE), Late Period. Archeological Museum of Bologna (Italy) [1660 x 1428]

Fine relief of Nectanebo I offering goods to various demons. Diabase (or black schist?) originally from the Temple of Atum at Heliopolis, 30th dynasty (reign of Nectanebo I, 380-362 BCE), Late Period. Archeological Museum of Bologna (Italy) [1660 x 1428]

Bronze weapon shaft decorated with silver spirals and dragon inlays. China, late Eastern Zhou, late Warring States or early Western Han dynasty. 300 BC to 100 AD. [2100×1179]

Bronze weapon shaft decorated with silver spirals and dragon inlays. China, late Eastern Zhou, late Warring States or early Western Han dynasty. 300 BC to 100 AD. [2100×1179]

Full size models of a bronze Adze and chisels found in a Foundation Deposit for Pharaoh Hatshepsut’s Temple. Individual pictures without catalog numbers in comments. Egypt, 18th dynasty. 1479 to 1458 B.C. [1200×842]

Full size models of a bronze Adze and chisels found in a Foundation Deposit for Pharaoh Hatshepsut’s Temple. Individual pictures without catalog numbers in comments. Egypt, 18th dynasty. 1479 to 1458 B.C. [1200×842]

Jade plaque with carved out openwork of bird motifs mounted in a frame of gold adorned with rubies, sapphires and jade. China, late Jin or early Yuan dynasty. 13th to 14th century AD. [1501×2100]

Jade plaque with carved out openwork of bird motifs mounted in a frame of gold adorned with rubies, sapphires and jade. China, late Jin or early Yuan dynasty. 13th to 14th century AD. [1501×2100]

Carved statue in the Vaishnava Cave Temple #3 in Badami, Karnataka State, India. The cave temple was built in 578 AD during the reign of the Badami Chalukya dynasty. [1228 x 1818]

Carved statue in the Vaishnava Cave Temple #3 in Badami, Karnataka State, India. The cave temple was built in 578 AD during the reign of the Badami Chalukya dynasty. [1228 x 1818]

Fragment depicting an anthropomorphic cat making an offering to an anthropomorphic mouse. Context is unknown, but it might have been part of a story illustration or a satirical piece. Egypt, 19th or 20th dynasty. 1295 to 1075 B.C. [1536×1098]

Fragment depicting an anthropomorphic cat making an offering to an anthropomorphic mouse. Context is unknown, but it might have been part of a story illustration or a satirical piece. Egypt, 19th or 20th dynasty. 1295 to 1075 B.C. [1536×1098]