Belt buckle: paired felines attacking ibexes, Xiongnu type, 3rd–2nd century B.C.  Mongolia or southern Siberia  Gold

Belt buckle: paired felines attacking ibexes, Xiongnu type, 3rd–2nd century B.C. Mongolia or southern Siberia Gold

Scythian hare

Scythian hare

Java, Indonesian ring, gold from the 9th century.

Java, Indonesian ring, gold from the 9th century.

Belt Plaque (left) with Scenes of Tearing at Animals. Epoch. Period: Early Iron Age. Date: Sakae Culture. 6th century bc. Place of finding: Siberian collection of Peter I. Archaeological site: Russia, Siberia. Material: gold and turquoise.

Belt Plaque (left) with Scenes of Tearing at Animals. Epoch. Period: Early Iron Age. Date: Sakae Culture. 6th century bc. Place of finding: Siberian collection of Peter I. Archaeological site: Russia, Siberia. Material: gold and turquoise.

Bracelet with Lions' heads. Ziwiyeh - Iran 7th c. BC.

Bracelet with Lions' heads. Ziwiyeh - Iran 7th c. BC.

Eurasian gold belt ornaments,Each of shaped rectangular outline, with entwined motifs ending in a pair of confronting grifffins heads. The Steppes, 4th Century BC

Eurasian gold belt ornaments,Each of shaped rectangular outline, with entwined motifs ending in a pair of confronting grifffins heads. The Steppes, 4th Century BC

An early Christian marriage ring from Rome, circa 500

An early Christian marriage ring from Rome, circa 500

Finger Ring of King Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti  Period:New Kingdom, Amarna Period Dynasty:Dynasty 18 Reign:reign of Akhenaten Date:ca. 1353–1323 B.C. The Metropolitan Museum

Finger Ring of King Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti Period:New Kingdom, Amarna Period Dynasty:Dynasty 18 Reign:reign of Akhenaten Date:ca. 1353–1323 B.C. The Metropolitan Museum

I suppose I could have an album entirely of genitalia-themed medieval art. WELCOME, NEW FOLLOWERS!

I suppose I could have an album entirely of genitalia-themed medieval art. WELCOME, NEW FOLLOWERS!

Pectoral Ornament  c. 1200-1519  Mixtec or Aztec        This extraordinary pendant consists of a conch shell section carved in jade, enclosed in a delicate gold frame with tiny dangling bells. This symbol was worn by the deity Quetzalcoatl (Feathered Serpent) a culture hero credited in one myth with creating human life by sprinkling his blood on ground bones. The pectoral may have been worn by a priest, or by a ceremonial impersonator of Quetzalcoatl.

Pectoral Ornament c. 1200-1519 Mixtec or Aztec This extraordinary pendant consists of a conch shell section carved in jade, enclosed in a delicate gold frame with tiny dangling bells. This symbol was worn by the deity Quetzalcoatl (Feathered Serpent) a culture hero credited in one myth with creating human life by sprinkling his blood on ground bones. The pectoral may have been worn by a priest, or by a ceremonial impersonator of Quetzalcoatl.

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