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An extraordinary artefact recently discovered among a cache of burial treasures at the 3,500 year old tomb of a Bronze Age warrior in southwest Greece: the Pylos Combat Agate – a carved sealstone less than 4cm wide featuring an astonishingly detailed depiction of two fighters clashing over the slain body of a third.

Professor Jack Davis of the University of Cincinnati (whose researchers originally unearthed the tomb) sez of it:

What is fascinating is that the representation of the human body is at a level of detail and musculature that one doesn’t find again until the classical period of Greek art 1,000 years later.

MORE: Unearthing A Masterpiece (UC magazine)

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Photographer Keisuke’s spectacular images of some of Japan’s 200-odd hanabi taikai, or firework festivals, held in July and August.

The tradition – originally intended to ward off evil spirits – sparks huge competitiveness among pyrotechnicians and dates back to the 18th century.

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A 1964 Pegaso Z-102 Berlinetta Series 2 – named after the mythical flying horse and built in the former factory of Spanish automotive/French aeronautical engineering company Hispano-Suiza.

Conceived as a direct competitor to Ferrari, the Pegaso was the fastest roadster of its day, with a top speed of 150mph. One of only 84 cars (each with its own unique coachwork) created between 1951 and 1958, this fully restored Concours champion (with coachwork by Saoutchik of Paris) can be yours for a mere €620,000+.

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A 1978 V8 Aston Martin Vantage: sold that year to a customer in British Columbia, later bought by an avid collector and upgraded in 2005 from its original 5.4l (170mph) engine configuration to a 6.0l, 500bhp powerplant.

Currently accepting bids for auction next month by Sotheby’s at Monterey.

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Rennaissance era cutlery inscribed with musical notion and lyrics: on one side a benediction before eating and on the other, a post-prandial grace. The second image (above) has the following inscriptions:

“The blessing of the table. May the three-in-one bless that which we are about to eat.” And the other side reads: “The saying of grace. We give thanks to you God for your generosity.”

V&A curator Kristen Kalber explains:

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A meticulously researched map of the 250,000 mile Roman road system (created from 300BC and stretching from Iraq and North Africa to Spain and Britain) presented in subway schematic form by geographer Sasha Trubetskoy

EXPLORE: Roman Roads

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A 1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing – one of just 1400 made – all original, completely unrestored with just one owner and a mere 16,000 miles on the clock.

Yours for a cool million.

Not to be confused with this one.

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Mmm. Digital

Behold the symphony of LCD that was the 1984 Casio Catalogue – a worthy contribution to the 80s Design subreddit by PotatoSkies.

MORE: Casio Quartz Catalogue From 1984

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