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Ur Project: October 2015

Pendants, each about one inch in diameter (Bass 1966:37).

By: Kyra Kaercher pendants from the Near East Focus on 35-1-98C (no U number), B16370 (U.6800), B16794 (U.9351A). A special thanks to Dr. Sophie Cluzan (Curator of Near Eastern Archaeology at the Louvre), and Tessa de Alarcon, our project conservator, for the X-ray of 35-1-98C. The idea for this month’s blog post came while I was looking […]

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An Onyx Neo-Classical Cameo [Object of the Day #42]


By: Ann Brownlee

This very large pendant consists of an onyx cameo in a gold setting.   The cameo shows Dionysus, the god of wine, carrying a thyrsus and accompanied by a panther, as he discovers a dejected Ariadne.   She had helped the hero Theseus kill the Minotaur but he then abandoned her on the island of Naxos on […]

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Maori Pendant from New Zealand [Object of the Day #32]


By: Alyssa Kaminski

This greenstone pendant is characteristic of the Maori, a polynesian tribe who settled New Zealand. The carved figure is human with an oversized head tilted to one side, arms resting on knees, and legs bent inward with his feet touching. Greenstone pendants derive their value from the hours spent carving into this hard stone. They […]

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The Golden Age of King Midas

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