William Wetmore Story (1819-1895)
Sappho was a Greek lyric poet from the island of Lesbos. She was born sometime between 630 and 612 BCE, and it is said that she died around 570 BCE, but little is known for certain about her life. Sappho’s poetry was well-known and greatly admired through much of classical antiquity. However, most of her poetry is now lost, and survives only in fragments.
Sutton Hoo Burial Helmet Original and Reconstruction, The British Museum, London, 2.8.17. This is probably the most famous Anglo-Saxon artefact in the world and was part of an extensive find from a ship burial in 7AD. The intricacy and detail of the helmet is best appreciated in person with the object right in front of you up close. Well worth a visit!
Early Imperial, Claudian,ca. A.D. 41–54, Roman, Marble, Stone Sculpture.
Copy of a Greek bronze statue of ca. 450 B.C. attributed to Polykleitos
This head is associated with the statue of a nude athlete who probably held a diskos. The famous Greek sculptor Polykleitos sought rigorous, mathematically based proportions in his figures. “Perfection comes about little by little through many numbers” he is reported to have stated. His attention to the smallest details can be seen in the precise design of each lock of hair on this head.
I’m not particularly drawn to Ancient Egyptian culture tbh but I came across this very rare tomb curse stone at a temporary exhibition in Edinburgh and thought I’d share it. I thought Egyptian tomb curses were all giant boulders and pits with poisonous snakes, not stones to stub your toes on…
This stone warns:
‘Beware not to take even a pebble from it outside… or the gods of the West will reproach him greatly.’
Iran: Rock art from unknown ancient civilisation discovered on sacred volcanic stone at top of mountain
In Iran’s remote north-east, the discovery of mysterious rock art is intriguing archaeologists. Strange symbols engraved on an outcrop of volcanic rock, on top of a mountain, appear particularly puzzling.
The site, known as Pire Mazar Balandar (or PMB001), is situated near a small village and is well known to the locals. They in fact consider the engraved stone to be sacred. It is covered in 16 simple symbols, including U-shapes which the villagers believe are the hoof prints of the horse of the prophet Imam Reza, who is buried at a nearby shrine.
Pilgrims had for years left offerings by the volcanic stone and had started to build a small temple around it. But it was only recently, in 2015, that archaeologist Mahmoud Toghrae discovered the site and began documenting the rock art. Read more.
((I got bored. Not going to color this. Didn’t turn out exactly how I wanted it to. Pretty pround of the stone tablet Pamoon though. If someone wants to color this and make it look better go ahead… just give me credit.))
Thirteen bracelets were found on the forearms of the mummy of King Tutankhamun. Seven on the right arm, and six on the left. Several of the bracelets included scarabs separated by motifs such as uraei and ankhs some have a large amuletic udjat eye or another central element. The bracelets were made of gold, multi coloured glass, faïence, and semiprecious stones. (MMA Burton photo TAA1382)