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Bronze Cuirass [Object of the Day #119]


By: Ann Brownlee

  This heavy bronze cuirass served as a warrior’s chest protector.  Only the front part survives of what was originally a cuirass made of two pieces fastened at the shoulders and sides.  The surface is decorated with a raised geometric pattern of rows of triangles and dots.  The elements of the pattern meet at a […]

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Bronze Plaque from Benin, Nigeria [Object of the Day #89]

Benin Plaque

By: Bob Thurlow

One of the first projects I remember working on at the museum was briefly helping with was “Iyare!” –  a fascinating exhibit of African material from Benin – and one of the most-eye catching pieces in the exhibit was this intricate plaque. The bronze plaques from the 16th Century Nigerian kingdom have long amazed people […]

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Mediterranean Quiver [Object of the Day #87]


By: Alyssa Kaminski

  Today’s object is only a fragment of a quiver that has been broken at the top. It is coated in a very dark green patina with a lighter, rough interior. The upper right hand corner of the inside has an area of red corrosion. This hints that a metal object may have come in […]

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Dagger Blade [Object of the Day #84]


By: Alyssa Kaminski

  This Dagger blade was made in England During the Bronze Age. It is made from bronze with a yellow patina. The blade is double-edged with curved sides that taper out from the rounded guard to a point. There are two large studs at the end where the blade would attach to a handle. Penn […]

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The Golden Age of King Midas

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