The Baška tablet
Baška tablet (Croatian: Bašćanska ploča, pronounced [bâʃt͡ɕanskaː plɔ̂t͡ʃa]) is one of the first monuments containing an inscription in the Croatian language, dating from the year 1100. The tablet was discovered by scholars in 1851 in the paving of the Church of St. Lucy, Jurandvor near Baška on the island of Krk. Since 1934 the original has been kept in the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb.
Roman Britain, 2nd-3rd century AD
From Holt, Clwyd
This object was one of a row of ornate terminals set along the eaves of a tiled roof. It was made in the tilery of the Roman army’s 20th legion, whose emblem of a wild boar decorates the plaque.
Source: British Museum
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Kneeling bull holding a spouted vessel
Proto-Elamite, Southwestern Iran ca. 3100–2900 B.C.
Silver, 6 7/16 x 2 1/2 x 4 1/4in. (16.3 x 6.3 x 10.8cm)
Soon after the political transformations of the Uruk period in southern Mesopotamia, similar innovations—including writing and cylinder seals, the mass production of standardized ceramics, and a figural art style—developed around the city of Susa in southwestern Iran, an area in which the predominant language was Elamite. While most of these innovations were adapted from Mesopotamian examples, they all took on distinctive Elamite characteristics in Iran.
This small silver bull, clothed in a robe decorated with a stepped pattern and holding a spouted vessel, shows a curious blend of human and animal traits. The large neck meets distinctly human shoulders, which taper into arms that end in hooves. Representations of animals in human postures were common in Proto-Elamite art, possibly as symbols of natural forces but just as likely as protagonists in myths or fables. The function of this small masterpiece remains uncertain. Traces of cloth that were found affixed to the figure suggest that it was intentionally buried, perhaps as part of a ritual or ceremony. [x]