QUEEN OF SHEBA (960 B.C.) "I am black but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, As the tents of Kedar, As the curtains of Solomon, Look not upon me because I am black Because the sun hath scorched me." (Song of Solomon)
"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. The "Delphic Oracle" occupied an important ancient seat of prophecy at Delphi. (submitted by James Brunson)
"il Nigrita" | 16th century bust by Italian artist Antonio Emmanuele | [on display at Basilica of Santa Maggiore, Rome, Italy]. The bust suggest an esteemed Moorish noble of Greek origin from the Greek region of Nigrita.