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Kensington Olympia

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This may be the first European print to depict an actual historical naval battle. The Battle of Zonchio was fought between the Ottoman Turks and the Venetians in August 1499 off Zonchio, nrth of Navarino, in the Greek Peloponnese. The Ottomans were victorious. One of the Venetian commanders was killed during the battle and the other was taken as a prisoner to Istanbul, where he was sawn into pieces on the order of the Ottoman sultan Bajazet II.
Samurai sword blade

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Ceremonial bronze dirk

A man walking in woods in East Anglia literally stumbled across this dirk (short sword) in 1988. It had been thrust vertically into soft peaty ground nearly 3500 years ago, but erosion had exposed the hilt-plate, which caught his toe.
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Cameo portrait of Augustus

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