Game board with two pieces and a dice

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400 000 - 350 000 av. J.-C.

Deux bifaces britanniques

A picture of two axe heads
Hoxne, Suffolk, Angleterre
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2600–2400 av. J.-C.

Jeu royal d'Ur

Game board with two pieces and a dice
Ur (actuel Tell el-Muqayyar), Irak, Asie
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645–635 av. J.-C.

Bas-reliefs d'une chasse au lion

Alabaster wall panel showing lion hunt.
Palais nord, Ninive (près de l'actuel Mossoul), Irak, Asie
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447–432 av. J.-C.

Galerie du Parthénon

Sculptures from the east pediment of the Parthenon
Athènes, Grèce
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196 av. J.-C.

La pierre de Rosette

The Rosetta Stone
Fort Saint Julien, El-Rashid (Rosette), Égypte, Afrique
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Autour de l'an 250

Relief à double face d’Amaravati

A relief from Amaravati, India depicting people and animals
Amaravati, Inde
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Début du VIIe siècle

Le casque de Sutton Hoo

Gold warrior helmet turned brown over time.
Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, Angleterre
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Hoa Hakananai'a

Hoa Hakananai'a sculpture made of basalt.
Probablement Rano Kao, Ile de Pacques, Polynésie
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Les vases de David

Two blue and white porcelain vases
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China, Asia
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Le reliquaire de la Sainte Epine

A reliquary made of gold and encrusted with sapphires and rubies.
Paris, France
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Serpent bicéphale en mosaïque

A mosaic double headed serpent
Mexique, Amérique centrale
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v. 1545–1550

Bol aux décorations bleues et blanches

Footed bowl with blue and white decoration
Iznik, Bursa, Région de Marmara, Turquie
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La nef de Charles Quint

A gilt figurine of a ship
Augsbourg, Bavière, Allemagne
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XVIe - XIXe siècle

Armure de samouraï

Steel coloured Samurai suit and helmet with blue detail.
Japon, Asie
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v. 1650–1750

Jarre de lune

A white circular jar
Corée, Asie
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Milieu du XIXe siècle

Chemise de guerrier

An Indigenous warrior shirt from Canada with long sleeves and decorative patterns on the shoulder and back
Alberta, Canada
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Un penny, défiguré par des suffragettes

A coin defaced with a stamp proclaiming 'Votes for Women'
Londres, Angleterre
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Sculpture intitulée « Arbre de la vie »

A metal sculpture of a tree and a bird made entirely of weapons
Maputo, Mozambique, Afrique
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