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Sanxingdui culture bronze head, State of Shu (蜀), an ancient state in what is now Sichuan, China. Shu was based on the Chengdu Plain, in the western Sichuan basin. This independent Shu state was conquered by the state of Qin in 316 BC, but recent archaeological discoveries at Sanxingdui and Jinsha thought to be sites of Shu culture indicate the presence of a unique civilization in this region before the Qin conquest.

An Archaic Bronze Taotie Mask, early Western Zhou Dynasty, 10th-9th c. BC

Magnifique tête, d'époque ptolémaïque.

A 3,000-year-old bronze statue found in the village of Sanxingdui, China. (Shutterstock)

Akhnaten

13" Bronze and Silver SanXingDui Face

The Olmec were the first major civilization in Mexico. They lived in the tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico, in the modern-day states of Veracruz and Tabasco.

Female Sumerian statue found at the Abu Temple in Tell Asmar from c. 2700 BCE. Eyes: proof of Ancient Aliens?

CHINA Beautiful figure sitting cross-legged goddess representing Kwanhin bronze with brown patina and gilt hightlights MING Dynasty sixteenth century H 29 cm