Graywacke dish with a swivel lid in the shape of a tilapia fish, a symbol of fertility and new life. Egypt (Saqqara), first dynasty. 3000 to 2800 B.C. [1536×1152]

Graywacke dish with a swivel lid in the shape of a tilapia fish, a symbol of fertility and new life. Egypt (Saqqara), first dynasty. 3000 to 2800 B.C. [1536×1152]

Panathenaic prize amphora with lid, Greece 363–362 BCE. Amphorae filled with oil pressed from olives from the sacred trees of Athena were given as prizes in the Panathenaic Games.[2099×3000]

Panathenaic prize amphora with lid, Greece 363–362 BCE. Amphorae filled with oil pressed from olives from the sacred trees of Athena were given as prizes in the Panathenaic Games.[2099×3000]

Sarcophagus lid with complex iconography, belonging to K’inich Janaab Pakal I of Palenque, Southern Mexico, 7th century Mayan [1144×1600]

Sarcophagus lid with complex iconography, belonging to K’inich Janaab Pakal I of Palenque, Southern Mexico, 7th century Mayan [1144×1600]

“Tankard with a Lid, Decorated with Portraits of Russian Princes and Tsars from Rurik to Catherine II” Imperial Russia, 1771 – 1775 A.D., Mammoth Tusk and Silver. [1465×1920]

“Tankard with a Lid, Decorated with Portraits of Russian Princes and Tsars from Rurik to Catherine II” Imperial Russia, 1771 – 1775 A.D., Mammoth Tusk and Silver. [1465×1920]

Censer Lid with a Figure in a Bird Costume and a Separate Base; Escuintla, Guatemala, Teotihuacan Style; 400-650 AD; Ceramic with pigment and mica; gifted to the Yale Art Gallery 2018 [1624×1920]

Censer Lid with a Figure in a Bird Costume and a Separate Base; Escuintla, Guatemala, Teotihuacan Style; 400-650 AD; Ceramic with pigment and mica; gifted to the Yale Art Gallery 2018 [1624×1920]

Anthropoid Clay Coffin with face lid and crossed arms. An example of a grotesque face lid -associated with the later coffins of the 11th-10th centuries BCE and the construction practices of the Philistines [2560 x 1920]

Anthropoid Clay Coffin with face lid and crossed arms. An example of a grotesque face lid -associated with the later coffins of the 11th-10th centuries BCE and the construction practices of the Philistines [2560 x 1920]

World’s oldest cosmetic face cream – found in London, 2,000-year-old cream from Roman times with ancient finger marks in the lid. [700×500]

World’s oldest cosmetic face cream – found in London, 2,000-year-old cream from Roman times with ancient finger marks in the lid. [700×500]

Bronze plate featuring a relief of a serpent. Believed to originally have been the lid for a vessel. Oxus civilisation or eastern Iran. late 3rd to early 2nd millennium B.C. [3811×3049]

Bronze plate featuring a relief of a serpent. Believed to originally have been the lid for a vessel. Oxus civilisation or eastern Iran. late 3rd to early 2nd millennium B.C. [3811×3049]

Ceramic lid shaped to represent K’inich Yax K’uk’ Mo’, recovered from the tomb of the 7th-century king Smoke Imix, under Temple 26 [1536 x 2048]

Ceramic lid shaped to represent K’inich Yax K’uk’ Mo’, recovered from the tomb of the 7th-century king Smoke Imix, under Temple 26 [1536 x 2048]