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February 14, 2019
Historical Archive: Culture/Period Index
This index includes objects identifiable only by culture as well as datable ones.
When not otherwise indicated, chronological divisions refer to the cultures of western Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas.
For strict chronology regardless of culture, see the Chronological Index
Paleolithic, Neolithic, Ancient Near East, and Egypt to 1st c. BCE
Greek, c.750 BCE to 1st c. BCE
Scythian, Black Sea, Cypriot, and Celtic, 6th-3rd c. BCE
Etruscan, 'Italic', c.700 BCE-1st c. BCE
1st c. BCE to 5th c. CE: Roman period, not including explicitly Christian material
3rd to 5th c. explicitly Christian (Early Christian)
Sasanian Empire, 224 to 651
Byzantine Empire, late 4th to 15th c., and "post-Byzantine" works
Continental 5th to 8th c.: Merovingian, Visigothic, Ostrogothic, Lombard, and Avar
British Isles, 6th to mid-11th c.: Anglo-Saxon and other Insular objects
Continental late 8th to late 10th c.: Carolingian period
Islamic 7th to 20th c.
Korean 7th to 21st c.
11th and 12th centuries: Ottonian, Capetian, Romanesque, Gothic
13th to 15th century: Gothic and Renaissance (Early Modern)
16th and 17th centuries: Renaissance and Baroque
Chinese, Qing Dynasty and modern
18th and 19th centuries
20th and 21st centuries
Stele of Naram-Sin, pink limestone, 2254-2218 BCE, Louvre
Spitzer Cross, copper gilt and enamel, French c.1190, CMA 1923.1051
Harvey Littleton (American, b. 1922), Blue Crown, pulled and cased glass, 1988, IMA 1991.221a-l. Art object copyright: artist/heirs.
Ivory box with Arabic inscription in tuluth script, late 13th-early 14th c. Spain or Egypt, Sens CT TC.C'5