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Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619), cast and chased gold medal of Elizabeth I

Тhis medal shows an image of the English queen Elizabeth I (reigned 1558-1603). Originally hung with drop pearls, this was probably a gift from Elizabeth I to a favoured courtier or political ally. Miniatures were often given as gifts of this kind. The portrait miniaturist Nicholas Hilliard appears to have been the first English artist to make medals in any numbers.
Gold medallion showing Constantine the Great at prayer

Constantine's reign (AD 306-37) marks a turning point in Roman history. He created the city that would become the capital of the Byzantine empire (Constantinople) and adopted Christianity as the official state religion.
Pisanello (с. 1395-1455), cast bronze medal of John VIII Palaeologus, emperor of Byzantium

This medal is a portrait of John VIII Palaeologus, the last but one ruler of the Byzantine empire. The medal was produced to commemorate the visit of this emperor to the city of Ferrara in 1438 at the invitation of Pope Eugenius IV, for a council intended to unite the Greek and Latin churches. Plague in the city forced the council's removal to Florence in February 1439 and thus the piece's inception, if not its actual execution, can be precisely dated.
Bronze head from a statue emperor Hadrian
Imperial culture played an important role in Roman provincial administration. Statues and busts of emperors were placed in official and public places across the empire, symbolizing the power of the Roman state, as with the head of Augustus earlier in this chapter. This head comes from a statue of the emperor Hadrian (reigned AD 117-38) which probably stood in Roman London in a public space such as a forum. The complete statue would have been one-and-a-quarter life size.
Helmet from the ship burial at Sutton Hoo

Тhis extraordinary iron helmet was found in a rich grave that contain a ship, along with many other objects. The grave belonged to a powerful ruler, who would have worn this helmet in battle, hiding the features of the wearer beneath the elaborate mask.
Silver plate showing Shapur II

Аbout ad 224 the were defeated by Ardashir, a descendant of Sasan who gave his name to the new Sasanian dynasty in Iran. One of the most energetic and able Sasanian rulers was Shapur 1 (AD 240-72). By the end of his reign, the empire stretched from the River Euphrates to the River Indus and included modern-day Armenia and Georgia.
Bronze head of Augustus

Тhis head originally belonged to a statue of the Roman emperor Augustus (reigned 27 BC-AD 14). In 31 ВС he took possession of Egypt, and the writer Strabo reported that statues of Augustus were erected in Egyptian towns near the first cataract of the Nile at Aswan. The statues, like many others throughout the Roman empire, were a continuous reminder of the all-embracing power of Rome and its emperor.
Marble portrait of Alexander the Great

Тhis portrait of the great Macedonian leader is probably from Alexandria, the city founded by Alexander after he conquered Egypt in 332 вс, and where he was eventually buried.
Limestone door ос

Тhis lintel, considered a masterpiece of Maya art, is one of a series of three panels from Structure 23 at Yaxchilan, Mexico. The scene represents a bloodletting ritual performed by the king, Shield Jaguar II, and his wife, Lady K'ab'al Xook. The king holds a flaming torch over his wife, who is pulling a thorny rope through her tongue. Scrolls of blood can be seen around her mouth.
Ivory chess piece in the shape of a seated king

Тhis is оne of the two kings from a medieval chess set, one of several sets found in mysterious circumstances in the vicinity of Uig on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, some time before 11 April 1831.