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"Wooly-Headed Blacks" Island of Thera (ancient Mediterranean) 1786 B.C.E. (Photography by JEB)
Portrait of a Black Warrior of Mari" ancient Syria, 1786 BCE (Photography by James E. Brunson)
Greek headed rhyta (drinking vessel) c. 400 B.C. Note Black features of satyr to the left.
"Head of a Black" Wall Painting Fragment. Detail. From the ancient Mediterranean Island of Thera. 1550-1500 B.C.E. The figure depicts one of the "Minoans" associated with the ancient Greek mythology of King Minos and the Minotaur. The dark-complexioned figure has tightly curled hair, thick lips, and flat nose.
"Portrait of a Black Warrior of Mari" ancient Syria, 1786 BCE (Photography by James Brunson)
"Head of a Negro" Silver coin from ancient Greece (Delphi). V century B.C.E. The black man depicted is "Delphos," the eponym of Delphi. The father of Delphos in one ancient story was Apollo; in another, Poseidon.
Sculpted Head of a Man. Anatolia (Ancient Turkey). Date: 100 B.C.E. - 100 C.E. (Photography by James E. Brunson)
"Head of a Black" ancient Greece. Polychrome mosaic.
Roman Coin (depicting Christ on one side and the Emperor Justinian on the other) 3rd century AD (Photography James E. Brunson)
"Sculptural Portrait of Black Royal Woman" Champa (ancient Vietnam), 5th - 7th Centuries CE.