Funerary gifts found in a royal tomb. A bronze situla (urn) held a sword, horse equipment and various tools.  Oss, the Netherlands, ca. 800-500 B.C.

Funerary gifts found in a royal tomb. A bronze situla (urn) held a sword, horse equipment and various tools. Oss, the Netherlands, ca. 800-500 B.C.

From Kamikurokoma, Misaka-cho, Yamanashi.  Jomon Period.  3000-2000 B.C.E. - A dogu, prehistoric Japanese clay figurines representing humans and animals that are felt to have been used in sympathetic magic - shamanic healing, fertility and funerary rites. It is also suggested that some of the dogu represent mother goddesses.

From Kamikurokoma, Misaka-cho, Yamanashi. Jomon Period. 3000-2000 B.C.E. - A dogu, prehistoric Japanese clay figurines representing humans and animals that are felt to have been used in sympathetic magic - shamanic healing, fertility and funerary rites. It is also suggested that some of the dogu represent mother goddesses.

Another view of one of the most artistically beautiful images of the Great She - Nathor Nile River Goddess. An important Egyptian fertility bird Goddess (c. 3600 BCE).

Another view of one of the most artistically beautiful images of the Great She - Nathor Nile River Goddess. An important Egyptian fertility bird Goddess (c. 3600 BCE).

"Mask of Agamemnon" (c1500 BC) found in shaft tomb at Mycenae. repoussé gold. National Museum, Athens

"Mask of Agamemnon" (c1500 BC) found in shaft tomb at Mycenae. repoussé gold. National Museum, Athens

Funerary Mask, 10th–11th century, Peru; Sicán (Lambayeque), Gold, cinnabar, copper overlays (1974.271.35)  Egyptian Red Gold | Thematic Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Funerary Mask, 10th–11th century, Peru; Sicán (Lambayeque), Gold, cinnabar, copper overlays (1974.271.35) Egyptian Red Gold | Thematic Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Figure in the Nagoya City Museum /04dogu /ōmon period Dogu scupture, Japan (14,000 BCE-300 BCE)

Figure in the Nagoya City Museum /04dogu /ōmon period Dogu scupture, Japan (14,000 BCE-300 BCE)

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