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A church door handle, from 700-720 in Ireland. The handle is made primarily from tinned bronze and has a lion’s head in the center. Its sophistication and magnificence demonstrates the prosperity of the church in the 8th century.

A church door handle, from 700-720 in Ireland. The handle is made primarily from tinned bronze and has a lion’s head in the center. Its sophistication and magnificence demonstrates the prosperity of the church in the 8th century.

Mater Matuta from the Estruscan city of Chiusi (4th c. BCE) -- In Roman religion,  Mater Matuta was the goddess of the ripening of grain and of women fertility. Her worship in Italy was widespread and of ancient origin. The festival of the Mater Matuta (the Matralia) was held on June 11 and was marked by several unusual customs - among them that only free women in their 1st marriage might take part and that their prayers were not for their own children, but for those of their sisters.

Mater Matuta from the Estruscan city of Chiusi (4th c. BCE) -- In Roman religion, Mater Matuta was the goddess of the ripening of grain and of women fertility. Her worship in Italy was widespread and of ancient origin. The festival of the Mater Matuta (the Matralia) was held on June 11 and was marked by several unusual customs - among them that only free women in their 1st marriage might take part and that their prayers were not for their own children, but for those of their sisters.

Bronze Jar from Vani, IV c. BC ⚓ Kingdom of Colchis #colchis #thegoldenfleece #tzaniti

Bronze Jar from Vani, IV c. BC ⚓ Kingdom of Colchis #colchis #thegoldenfleece #tzaniti

Terracotta jar. Period: Mid-Imperial. Date: 2nd–3rd century A.D. Culture: Roman. The molded figures on the body of this container can be identified as Dionysus standing and Silenus riding on a donkey. The jar is a rare, but not unheard of, example of eastern pottery imported into Italy.

Terracotta jar. Period: Mid-Imperial. Date: 2nd–3rd century A.D. Culture: Roman. The molded figures on the body of this container can be identified as Dionysus standing and Silenus riding on a donkey. The jar is a rare, but not unheard of, example of eastern pottery imported into Italy.

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