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    Bible
    Gifts from Heads of Stateca. 1760

    Bible with a leather cover and vellum pages. Bible is written in Ge'ez, the liturgical language of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the medium of traditional Ethiopian learning and scholarship.

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    Ring Stand
    Gifts from Heads of State1769

    Antique silver dish ring stand. Openwork and chased silver dish ring engraved with two pheasants among flowers and a cartouche with a crest flanked by a figure on the left and a wolf on the right. Three of four hallmarks are legible: the crowned harp certifies that the ring is 92.5% pure silver, Hibernia seated certifies proper excise duty was paid...

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    Nimcha Sword and Sheath
    Gifts from Heads of State19th century

    Sword with hilt and silver knuckle guard, which is formed by a long turned down quillon. The grip is composed of fluted wood. The sheath is covered with chased silver plating. The steel blade is slightly curved.

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    Drinking Horn
    Gifts from Heads of State19th century

    Drinking horn made from a bovine horn. The horn is decorated with engraved silver and niello (a metallic alloy of sulfur and silver) at the open end and at the mouth piece. The mouth piece is shaped like the head of a bird. Attached to the horn is a silver chain strap.

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    Punch Bowl with Base
    Gifts from Heads of Stateearly 19th century

    Large bowl and footed stand made of crystal cut with alternating panels of diamonds and fluting and sixteen fan-shaped lobes on the rim.

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    Goblet
    Gifts from Heads of State1805

    Silver goblet engraved on exterior in Gaelic: President John Fitzgerald Kennedy/ Failte/ t0/ Ros Mic/ Treom/ 27 June, 1963" which translates to "President John Fitzgerald Kennedy Welcome to New Ross 27 June 1963."

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    Battle Scene
    Gifts from Heads of Stateca. 1830

    Vibrant Kangra painting of a battle scene mounted on a silk-covered wood frame.

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    Portrait of a Kashmiri Girl
    Gifts from Heads of State20th century

    This is a portrait of a young girl from Kashmir. The girl in this painting symbolizes the land of her birth; the delicately tinted hands, the cleanly chiseled face, soft garments are all suffused with poetic lyricism suggestive of the lotus, the lilac and the rose.

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    Talking Drum
    Gifts from Heads of State20th century

    Leather and wood drum in hourglass shape with a handle attached to the side. The talking drum (also called dondo, adondo, atumpan, or gan gan) is a variable pitch pressure drum. The drum heads at either end of the drum's wooden body are made from hide or fish-skin which is wrapped around a wooden hoop. Usually, leather cords or thongs run the lengt...

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    Takouba Sword and Scabbard
    Gifts from Heads of State20th century

    The takouba (takooba, takuba) is a style of sword traditionally associated with the Tuareg. The sword has a broad straight double edged steel blade that tapers distally to the rounded end. The cross guard is covered with embossed brown leather and the hilt end shows a low stacked pyramid tip of three layers, the central layer being copper, the othe...

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