"Wine, Worship and Sacrifice: The Golden Graves of Ancient Vani", organized by the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World of New York University, presents an array of objects that document the ancient culture of Colchis (modern-day Georgia). The objects presented here include: gold, silver and ceramic vessels; jewelry; bronze sculpture; Greek and Colchian coins; and Greek glassware. Metal - gold, silver, iron or bronze - was the main medium of Colchian art and craftsmanship. Browsing the exhibit highlights reveals a plethora of gold and precious metal, such as a gold necklace with turtle- shaped pendants, weighing in at 3 ounces, or a gold bracelet in the shape of a boar's head that weighs almost one-fourth of a pound. Perhaps the most interesting portion of the site is the close examination of Grave 24, discovered by archaeologists in August of 2004. Grave 24 contained "more than 1000 pieces of gold, hundreds of silver objects and more than 15,000 beads in glass, faience and various semi-precious stones." The web site shows a selection of these objects in their original context, and also allows visitors to zoom in for more information.
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