© Erich Lessing, courtesy the Iraq Museum, Baghdad

Golden goblet. Found in a royal tomb at Ur, this elegant vessel stands 5.3 inches high and dates to about 2600 B.C. It was discovered by the famous British archaeologist Sir Leonard Woolley, who directed 12 seasons of excavations at ancient Ur (Tell el-Mukayyar) in southern Iraq.

For tableware, King Solomon was not bested by his neighbor in Ur. In fact, “All King Solomon’s goblets were gold,” the Bible announces (1 Kings 10:17).