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A gold fish pendant. Egyptian Middle Kingdom c. 2030-1650 B.C. (Photo: courtesy of National Museums Scotland). This piece will be part of the Metropolitan Museum's fall exhibit, "Artistic Achievements of the Middle Kingdom."

Phoebe Anna, Traquair, "St. George in Armour being kissed by Una", 1914, embroidery with silks and gold, National Museums of Scotland/The Bridgeman Art Library, Edinburgh, UK

Warriors of the Himalayas Quiver and Arrows Tibetan, 17th–18th century Leather, iron, gold, silver, wood, shellac, pigments, cane or bamboo, feathers, textile Quiver, L. 18½ in. (47 cm), W. 10 5/8 in. (27 cm); arrows, L. 35 3/8 in. (89.9 cm) On loan courtesy of the National Museum of Scotland, Royal Museum, Edinburgh (

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Dunguaire Castle was not on our list of places to see; we just happened to stumble upon it on our drive from Galway to Killarney, Ireland. Finding lesser-known attractions along the journey is why we always rent a car when we vacation!

Fish Pendant (ca. 1878-1749 B.C.). Middle Kingdom, Egypt. Gold over a core of unknown material. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. On loan courtesy of National Museums Scotland | This work is featured in our “Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom” exhibition on view through January 24, 2016. #MiddleKingdomEgypt