Welcome to Ancient & Oriental’s New Website

It's finally here! It's taken months of hard work, planning, analysing, creativity, data and detail - and several experts in their field - to help us put together our new and improved website. We hope you love it as much as we do. Though informative, we felt our old site lacked the modern features you  … Read more

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Ancient Greek Votive Offerings in Antiquity: Gifts to the Gods

Votive offerings were gifts that the ancient Greeks and Romans gave to a deity as thanks for bringing good fortune or for granting favours. The offerings served as an important expression of the personal relationship between ancient peoples and their gods and goddesses. Votive Offerings as a Public Act of Devotion Greeks and Romans typically  … Read more

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What is Egyptian Faience?

Faience, also known as glazed composition, is the oldest glazed ceramic in existence. It was created over 6000 years ago and widely used by the Ancient Egyptians. It is mainly composed of silica and mineral based colourants, and is a precursor to glass, which was invented around 2500 years ago. How the Egyptians used faience  … Read more

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The History and Mythology of Gemstones in Ancient Jewellery

Jewellery has been worn by ancient cultures around the world for thousands of years. In ancient Egypt both men and women were great lovers of jewellery and adorned themselves with a profusion of charms and amulets. Jewellery also showed wealth and status and offered protection from evil. Although the Egyptians had access to many precious  … Read more

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The Lotus Flower in Chinese Culture

The lotus is one of the most important flowers in Chinese culture. It has been the subject of numerous art creations such as poems, paintings and ceramics. The Lotus in Taoism and Buddhism The lotus is a sacred symbol in both Taoism and Buddhism. In Taoism, the lotus blossom is the holy flower and the  … Read more

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Bronze Age Britain

The Bronze Age in Britain is agreed to have taken place from around 2500 to 800 BC. Archaeologically, it was characterised by the use of copper, and eventually bronze. Copper was used more frequently in the earlier stages of the Bronze Age, but by around 2150 BC the Celts had discovered how to make bronze  … Read more

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The Byzantine Empire: Art and Christianity

Byzantine art was largely defined by its Christian character. A lot of its earlier artistic tradition was centred around icons and religious symbols. Byzantine artists used gold liberally – largely on account of its availability in the area and the immense wealth accumulated by the Byzantine Empire. This combination of religious imagery and a disposition  … Read more

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Collecting Guide: Types of Ancient Greek Vase

Greek pottery is one of our main points of contact with the ancient world. Greek pots remain in abundance, beginning with those dating to the Minoan era (from around or even before 3000 BC) up until the end of the Hellenistic period (31 BC). As we might expect, they come in a variety of shapes  … Read more

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The Luristan Empire: Beauty of Bronze

Luristan bronze comes from the province of Lorestan, a region of modern day western Iran. In the ancient world it was settled by a number of peoples, such as the Medes, the Kassites, and eventually the Persians. In 2017, archaeological evidence for Achaemenid contact with the area came to light for the first time. Defining  … Read more

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Apotropaic Art: Amulets and Phallic Pendants in Ancient Cultures

Across the ancient world, we find a number of pieces that would have been worn by their owners for the sake of protection – primarily amulets. Jewellery of this apotropaic nature most often takes shape in the form of pendants, and we find them in abundance from a number of civilisations, especially Egypt and Ancient  … Read more

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