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Scythian golden sword and scabbard. 5th century BC
Mural painting at Lepakshi temple, India.

(Unknown). A Group of Women from Hindupur. Mural Detail in the Veerabhadra Temple. India. 1540.

Shiva Bhairava (The Terrible One); Nepal; ca. 16th century; Gilt copper alloy; Rubin Museum of Art

Two pages from the Galland manuscript, the oldest existing text of The Thousand and One Nights. Arabic manuscript, dates back to the 14th century from Syria in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. (source)

Folio from a Qur’an manuscript, ca. 1180Eastern Iran or present-day Afghanistan
Inner coffin of Shepenmehyt From Qurna, Thebes, Egypt 26th Dynasty, about 600 BC

Ma’at, the Winged Egyptian Goddess of Truth, Justice and Harmony. 
19th Dynasty. 
Tomb of pharaoh Siptah (reign as a child 1197 – 1191 BC). 
Valley of the Kings. Western Thebes. Egypt

Pashedu drinking water beneath a palm tree
Tomb of the royal tomb builder, Pashedu
19th dynasty/1295-1186 BC
 Deir el-Medina, Egypt
Ejagham (Ekoi) Head Crest Ngbe-Leopard, Nigeria Africa, Mid 20th century.
"What cannot be said will be wept." — Sappho   (via mercurieux)

(Source: whatsmacksaid, via mohenjo-daro)


Middle Assyrian Red Sard Cylinder Seal, South Mesopotamia, 12th-11th century BC
Showing a griffin-demon (apkallu) tearing a branch from a tree.
This is an unusual seal with regards to the typical griffin-demon and tree motif in ancient art. In Neo-Assyrian glyptic and monumental art, griffin-demons are often portrayed in the action of fertilizing the female blossoms of the date palm.  On this seal it seems like the apkallu is picking off a branch instead of fertilizing it.

A Mesopotamian cylinder seal at the Morgan Library and Museum, showing a scorpion.

Babylon circa 1932.