It was a bit like shades of Jurassic Park — but this was about plants, not animals. And it was real — nothing fictional about this.
During excavations by the late Ehud Netzer in 1973 at the site of Herod the Great’s fortified mountaintop palace at Masada in Israel, archaeologists uncovered a…
A portrait of a nobleman with a dog, attributable to a follower of Farrukh Beg, possibly Muhammad Ali, Mughal, early 17th century
gouache with gold on paper, mounted on an album page with borders of orange and blue decorated with gold foliate motifs of gold flecks
painting: 11.9 by 8.8cm.
leaf: 32.4 by 22.4cm.
Unknown Inuit artist
Igloo Scene, c.1950
One of the most frustrating things about researching Inuit art was that in the beginning, people did not think of these sculptures as fine art, but crafts so nobody bothered to write any artist names down. Sometimes artists inscribed works with their disc numbers (numbers assigned to individual Inuit by the Canadian government in lieu of their names because white people found them too difficult to pronounce/write down). The database of these numbers are now classified because the government is embarrassed of how dehumanizing this was.This leaves it so that there is no way for scholars like me to find out who created beautiful sculptures like the one above.
Mechanical ivory dog, Egypt, ca. 1390–1353 BC.
This leaping hunting dog can be made to open and close its mouth using the lever beneath the chest. Originally secured by means of a thong tied through the hole in the back of its neck and two in the throat, the lever was later attached with a metal dowel in the right shoulder. When the mouth is opened, two teeth and a red tongue are visible.
This beaker is made from electrum, an alloy of gold and silver. Beakers made from precious metals were always used for one of two things, in rituals or for the elite. The decoration rim on this beaker are eight birds of prey facing upwards with spread wings. They are placed at regular intervals and provide enough space to be able to drink from the bowl.
Found in Bactria- Margiana archeology complex
Bronze Age, late 3rd to early 2nd millenium BC
Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art