Copy of Roman artificial leg, c.1910. The original was made of bronze and had been excavated from a grave in Capua, Italy. Dating from c.300BC, it was the oldest artificial limb to be discovered. Kept at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, it
Red figure column krater, decorated with drinking scenes by the Cleveland Painter, inscription painted over are of the figures, Attica, Greece, 460-440BC
Mummified cat, Ancient Egyptian, 2000-100BC. Cats had enormous significance for the Egyptian people, and their relationship with them was principally religious. The mummification of cats, and their burial within the temple, was performed to provide t
Heart-shaped stone amulet, Egyptian, 4000-30 BC. Possibly taken from a tomb.
"Base Ring" juglet with handle, of polished earthenware, with decorative relief bands and traces of dark slip, from Cyprus, 1600BC-1400BC. Earthenware is a low-fired ceramic that is porous unless covered with glaze. Most clays can be used to produce
Faience amulet, eye, Egyptian, 4000-30BC
Amulet representing the god Thoth, Ancient Egyptian, 4000-30 BC. Carved from the blue rock, lapis lazuli, Thoth was one of the most popular Egyptian gods and had multiple roles in Egyptian mythology. He was the god of wisdom, writing and the moon, t
Glass bottle, long neck, two handles, Roman, 251-450AD. Glass appears to have been produced as far back as the second millennium BC by the Egyptians and perhaps the Phoenicians. Around the end of the 1st century BC glass-blowing was developed, whereb
Pharmacy leech jar, marbled and gilt earthenware, perhaps Staffordshire, English, inscribed � Leeches�.
A bottle containing Strophanthus Tincture tablets, made by Burroughs Wellcome & Co. Ripe seeds from Strophanthus gratus and kombé plants contain a chemical that works on the heart. In Europe it has been made into tablets, powders or solutions for inj