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Intentionally buried as part of an elaborate ritual, this ornate object tells us so much, but also too little.
This beautiful pot was created over 5,000 years ago, and its decoration echoes its shape.
Members of the Kuosi society express the authority, affluence, and strength of the ruler through masquerade.
The writhing agony of the Trojan Laocoon made this Hellenistic masterpiece famous throughout history.
This extraordinary carving is one of the largest relief sculptures in the world. Scholars still debate its meaning.
Made for a sultan, this unusual automaton emblematizes the fierce hostility between British and Indian rulers.
Under Akbar the Great, the Mughal style of painting blended Indian, Persian, and Western artistic traditions.
Snakes shedding their skin was a powerful metaphor for the Aztecs and is reflected in their pantheon of gods.
In this hunting scene from the Persian Book of Kings, the ruler Bahram lives up to his nickname “Gur,” or swift.
Lavishly decorated with expensive materials for the chief’s exclusive use, this isn’t your average wine bottle.
While its itsy bitsy American counterpart climbed up the waterspout, the spider shown here brought wisdom to Ghana.
Symbols for the Fon kings, which were determined in a divination ceremony, supported and enhanced his authority.