Bedse Caves, India. These amazing rock-cut caves are carved to perfection. The conventional view is that they were carved by Tibetan and Chinese monks with primitive tools over a very long period of time (200 BC - 100 AD). But their perfection challenges our imagination. The tolerances and dimensions show an advanced understanding of mathematics, design, planning and technology.

Bedse Caves, India. These amazing rock-cut caves are carved to perfection. The conventional view is that they were carved by Tibetan and Chinese monks with primitive tools over a very long period of time (200 BC - 100 AD). But their perfection challenges our imagination. The tolerances and dimensions show an advanced understanding of mathematics, design, planning and technology.

SIX EGYPTIAN MOSAIC GLASS INLAYS   PTOLEMAIC TO ROMAN PERIOD, CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.   Including five floral plaques, each preserving a multitude of plant life and petalled blossoms, in yellow, green, white, red, and blue on a dark blue ground; and one fish fragment composed of polychrome canes simulating fish scales and fins  Largest: 2 3/8 in. (6 cm.) long [For some odd reason, they only show five]

SIX EGYPTIAN MOSAIC GLASS INLAYS PTOLEMAIC TO ROMAN PERIOD, CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D. Including five floral plaques, each preserving a multitude of plant life and petalled blossoms, in yellow, green, white, red, and blue on a dark blue ground; and one fish fragment composed of polychrome canes simulating fish scales and fins Largest: 2 3/8 in. (6 cm.) long [For some odd reason, they only show five]

1st century BC-AD 1st century (Imperial (Roman) (?))  gold, carnelian. Necklace with Child's-Head Pendant. This necklace is a pastiche. The carnelian beads are ancient and strung on modern gold links. The lion-head finials comprising the hook and eye clasp are reused from Greek earrings. The child's head boldly carved in a carnelian stone is set in a gold setting, which may or may not be ancient.

1st century BC-AD 1st century (Imperial (Roman) (?)) gold, carnelian. Necklace with Child's-Head Pendant. This necklace is a pastiche. The carnelian beads are ancient and strung on modern gold links. The lion-head finials comprising the hook and eye clasp are reused from Greek earrings. The child's head boldly carved in a carnelian stone is set in a gold setting, which may or may not be ancient.

A GRAECO-ROMAN GOLD SNAKE RING CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D. http://www.bykoket.com/index.php

A GRAECO-ROMAN GOLD SNAKE RING CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D. http://www.bykoket.com/index.php

Roman glass bottle,Purple glass bottle. Period:Roman period, 1st century AD.

Roman glass bottle,Purple glass bottle. Period:Roman period, 1st century AD.

Greek gold bracelets for Olbia Treasures Elements: late 2nd century BC; Setting: 1st century BC (Greco-Roman). Gold, garnet, amethyst, emerald, pearl, chrysoprase, glass, enamel and modern replacements. This outstanding example of jewelry from the 1st-century-BC Greek colonies in the Black Sea region is purported to belong to the famed Olbia treasure, named for the town in present-day Ukraine in which it was discovered at the end of the 19th century.

Greek gold bracelets for Olbia Treasures Elements: late 2nd century BC; Setting: 1st century BC (Greco-Roman). Gold, garnet, amethyst, emerald, pearl, chrysoprase, glass, enamel and modern replacements. This outstanding example of jewelry from the 1st-century-BC Greek colonies in the Black Sea region is purported to belong to the famed Olbia treasure, named for the town in present-day Ukraine in which it was discovered at the end of the 19th century.

A ROMAN BRONZE HEAD OF HERCULES, CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm.) high. I Christie's

A ROMAN BRONZE HEAD OF HERCULES, CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm.) high. I Christie's

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