These are round bracteates (from the Latin bractea, a thin piece of metal) laid with turquoises and with granulated rim dating from the second quarter of the 1st century AD, and they are the last of my golden artifact paintings for the now.
Since finishing this impromptu series of watercolours inspired by the treasures in the collections of the National Museum of Kabul, I have begun painting several ceramic and timber masks from early oceanic cultures. I look forward to sharing them with you when they are finished.
Before I head back to the watercolour, those of you interested can follow Gracia and me on Twitter of all things. We're here. (Thanks to Twitter I now know (as I post this) that Ancient Hobbit-sized humans may have moved out of Africa earlier than thought. Marvellous!)