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/r/ArtefactPorn is a community dedicated to posting the very best objects, from the very large to the very small, made or shaped by the mankind throughout history. These artefacts range from tools and works of arts to archaeological finds, and give us a better sense of life in various moments throughout history.

Artifact - something made or given shape by man, such as a tool or a work of art, especially an object of archaeological interest.

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For images of the heritage, art, relics and other remains of mankind.


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  • Include the name of the Artifact in the title.
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    A so-called “Lyon Tablet” is a preserved bronze plaque on which the words of the speech given by Emperor Claudius (41-54 CE) before the Senate in Rome during the year 48 CE were placed. [1200x800]

    5 Comments
    2024/02/21
    07:23 UTC

    91

    Dressing gown with embroidered flowers. United States, 1878 [2777x3233]

    1 Comment
    2024/02/21
    05:57 UTC

    52

    Three gold figurines. Peru, Inca civilization, 1450-1540 AD [1900x1800]

    0 Comments
    2024/02/21
    05:57 UTC

    22

    Stele depicting many Buddhas. China, Tang dynasty, 618-907 AD [1080x1079]

    0 Comments
    2024/02/21
    05:57 UTC

    140

    Ziviyeh plaque (800-500 BC) from Ziviyeh-Iran, with patterns of mythological animals (a combination of humans, birds and cows), the tree of life and mountain goats. Kept at the National Museum of Iran (More info below) (3436×2604).

    2 Comments
    2024/02/20
    22:54 UTC

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    Marble Medusa sculpture executed by the Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini.Its precise date of creation is unknown,but it is likely to have been executed in the 1640s.Now it is part of the collections of the Capitoline Museums in Rome. [1200x1468]

    1 Comment
    2024/02/20
    20:45 UTC

    261

    A 20th century bridge in Aberystwyth, Wales has been built over an 18th century turnpike which was built over a medieval bridge [827 × 1032]

    0 Comments
    2024/02/20
    18:08 UTC

    380

    Jug from Cyprus, 8th c. BCE; with a scene of a man drinking through a long straw. Cyprus Museum, Nicosia, nr. 1973/XII-7/1 [1500 x 1800]

    12 Comments
    2024/02/20
    14:56 UTC

    276

    Marble piece from a fountain possibly; depicting a nereid sitting on a sea-monster. Baiae, Italy, 1st c. CE. In Museo dei Campi Flegrei [2048 x 1536]

    5 Comments
    2024/02/20
    14:55 UTC

    476

    "Free Women of Color with Their Children and Servants in a Landscape," oil on canvas ca. 1770-1796 by Agostino Brunias, likely depicting the Caribbean island of Dominica. Brooklyn Museum collection [1536x1208]

    22 Comments
    2024/02/20
    14:21 UTC

    61

    Royal robe of ahom king Supatphaa (Gadadhar Singha)-- a man reputed to be of great stature and strength [1419x1058]

    3 Comments
    2024/02/20
    14:16 UTC

    835

    Initials from the Chansonnier de Zeghere van Male. Ornately illuminated with initials and miniatures that have little relevance to the music, the Chansonnier is a manuscript of songs collected in 1542 by the bourgeois Zeghere Van Male of Bruges. Municipal Library of Cambrai, France [2518x3386]

    73 Comments
    2024/02/20
    13:45 UTC

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    This gas line happened to be laid straight through the skull of an Anglo Saxon woman. This woman, discovered in 2014, was one of over 100 skeletons found in a 6th century CE Anglo Saxon cemetery under a primary school playground in the village of Oakington in Cambridgeshire [640x416]

    149 Comments
    2024/02/20
    12:58 UTC

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    Angel of Grief is an 1894 sculpture by William Wetmore Story for the grave of his wife Emelyn Story at the Protestant Cemetery in Rome. This was Story's last major work prior to his death, dying a year after his wife [640x427]

    14 Comments
    2024/02/20
    12:56 UTC

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    Four Roman swords and a spearhead were discovered in good condition in caves near the Dead Sea in Israel. [1215x740]

    37 Comments
    2024/02/20
    10:30 UTC

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    A 5 metre high Menhir, the Spellenstein, erected approx. 2000BC, now standing in someones frontyard in Germany. [1346x2007]

    35 Comments
    2024/02/20
    10:03 UTC

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    This is a fragment in Latin of a letter from Hostilius Flavianus to Flavius Cerialis, the IX Cohort commanding officer of Batavians stationed at a legionaries’ camp by Hadrian’s wall in about 100-105 CE. He wishes him “a fortunate and happy New Year”.[1440x502]

    9 Comments
    2024/02/20
    09:03 UTC

    84

    Bronze head of Buddha. Thailand, Sukhothai period, 14th century [3000x4355]

    2 Comments
    2024/02/20
    05:46 UTC

    636

    Jade tablets with gold inscriptions in two languages. China, Qing dynasty, 1649 [1700x1900]

    18 Comments
    2024/02/20
    05:19 UTC

    529

    Sterling silver octopus-shaped chatelaine which holds a compact, perfume bottle, mirror, whistle, and pin holder, c. 1887. [1885x2803]

    14 Comments
    2024/02/19
    23:26 UTC

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    Ancient Roman gold coin from the reign of Emperor Antoninus Pius (reign 138 - 161 AD) found in the shipwreck of Titanic. [1400x1400]

    The coin was made into a pendant necklace and eventually became a keepsake of one of the passengers of the RMS Titanic, then was later salvaged from the shipwreck.

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    5 Comments
    2024/02/19
    18:26 UTC

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    Family burned in their own oven, trying to escape Mongol invaders in 1241–42 in Hungary. In the burned house, archaeologists found the corpses of a woman and 2 children in the oven. Someone probably set their house on fire and as they couldn’t escape they hid in the oven in desperation [480x1003]

    94 Comments
    2024/02/19
    16:59 UTC

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    The Utroba Cave, in Bulgaria, is a natural horizontal fissure in a rock that has been further cut and shaped by human hands more than 3000 years ago to resemble a womb. At midday, light seeps into the cave through an opening in the ceiling, projecting an image of a phallus on to the floor [768x960]

    122 Comments
    2024/02/19
    16:55 UTC

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    Inside the Bruniquel Cave in France, Neanderthals built one of the world’s oldest constructions; 176,000-year-old semicircular structures made of 400 broken stalagmites (weighing around 2.2 tons) and found 336 metres from the cave entrance [2092x3627]

    27 Comments
    2024/02/19
    16:50 UTC

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    The winged man relief in Pasargadae-Iran, or according to some scholars, Cyrus the Great (550–530 BC). Pasargadae (UNESCO World Heritage Site), was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire under Cyrus, although the exact identity of this relief has been disputed for years (More info below). (792×628)

    4 Comments
    2024/02/19
    15:18 UTC

    318

    Nude female leonine figure holding two snakes. Egypt, Middle Kingdom, 1802-1640 BC [1000x1633]

    5 Comments
    2024/02/19
    15:00 UTC

    99

    Page of a choir book. Germany, 15th century [1750x2160]

    0 Comments
    2024/02/19
    15:00 UTC

    210

    Bronze mirror with inscribed poem. Found in Fukuoka, Japan, but of Chinese origin. Yayoi period/Han dynasty, 2nd-1st century BC [3000x2900]

    3 Comments
    2024/02/19
    15:00 UTC

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    Roman fresco divided into two scenes. At the top you can see two lares pouring wine from the horn – so-called rhyton – and Genius, who, with the support of his assistants, makes a sacrifice. There is also a musician playing the flute on the upper stage. [1200x900]

    2 Comments
    2024/02/19
    08:17 UTC

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    A rain cape made from the leaves of the Chinese windmill palm. The cape would likely have been worn by rickshaw pullers, street cleaners or labourers, often together with a wide brimmed hat, to protect themselves from the rain. China, 1800-1860 CE [1332x2071]

    18 Comments
    2024/02/19
    05:23 UTC

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