Stele of Naram Sin, 2230 BC (Akkadian) (various fragments in various museums)
Last two: Inscriptions on the Ishtar Gate, Pergamon Museum, Berlin.
One of the earliest maps, showing who the fuck owned the land within these goddamn lines in goddamn clay. Bet the owner would be pleased to know this has survived him by four thousand years.
Leather fragment of erotic scene
This fragment is special for two reasons; 1. the colour is still mostly present and (besides the obvious tearing) there is very little damage. 2. is the scene that is being depicted. It is a scene in which music is made by a priestess while a naked male dancer is performing a rite. Because this piece was found near the temple of Hathor at Deir el Bahari, we may assume that this piece was intended for the goddess Hathor, the goddess of fertility.
Found at Thebes, Upper Egypt, during the clearance of tomb MMA 815.
Egyptian, New Kingdom, 18th dynasty, reign of Ahmose or Hatsepsut, 1550 - 1458 BC.
Source: Metropolitan Museum
Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) on Flickr.
Philip Carlo Jorgensen Photos
Adelina Patti by Franz Xaver Winterhalter
Two Jewlled Crosses - Anglo-Saxon (par noriko.stardust)
Left: Yorkshire, 600-650, gold and garnet.
Right: Suffork 600-700, gold and garnet
Ford at the Upper End of the Vai-te-piha (Tautira River), Tahiti - John La Farge