marble and bronze

New Bard Spells for 5e

image source: Samurai Jack

I realized while editing class spells for my class compendium that I never made any homebrew spells for the bard. None. Not one. So I decided I should do that and add it to the master posts and whatnot. So here they are, fresh out of the oven. Some are simply converted 3e spells but it was just such a shame they didn’t exist in 5e I statted them anyway.


Animate Instrument

  • 1st level transmutation
  • Casting Time: 1 Action

  • Range: Touch

  • Duration: 24 hours

  • Components: V, S

A musical instrument you touch animates and plays music on its own. While you are within 30 ft. of the instrument, you can use a bonus action to mentally command it to start or stop playing and you determine what sort of music it plays. You can also have the instrument start or stop playing if a condition is met, but only one such condition at a time. For instance, you can command an animated horn to blare when a creature comes within 30 ft. of it.

Appraising Eye

  • 1st level divination

  • Casting Time: 1 Action

  • Range: Self

  • Duration: 1 minute

  • Components: V, S

Your eye glints with magical insight for the duration. You can use your action to instantly discern the monetary value of any object you look at. You do not learn its properties or whether or not it is magical.

Blare of the Archon

  • 5th level evocation

  • Casting Time: 1 Action

  • Range: Self

  • Duration: Instantaneous

  • Components: V, S

You create a short-lived glowing magical horn which you blow to unleash a deafening blast. All creatures in a 60 ft. cone in a direction you choose emanating from the horn must make a CON saving throw. Each creature that fails their save takes 8d6 thunder damage, is pushed 10 ft. away from you, knocked prone, and becomes deafened for 1d4 rounds. Creatures that succeed at their saving throw take half damage and are not pushed or knocked prone.

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Pair of Eyes

Classical, 5th century B.C. or later, Greek, Bronze, marble, frit, quartz, obsidian

Greek and Roman statues were designed to give a colorful lifelike impression. Marble and wood sculptures were brightly painted, and bronze statues were originally a pale fleshlike brown. Lips and nipples were often inlaid with copper, and teeth with silver. Eyes were usually made separately and set into prepared sockets. This pair, designed for an over-lifesize statue, gives a sense of the potent immediacy that ancient sculpture could convey.

Source: The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

In 1893 Rodin began to collect Egyptian, Greek, and Roman antiquities, eventually accumulating over six thousand marble and bronze fragments, as well as vessels and other figurines in terracotta or stone. The Brooklyn Museum’s own Torso of Aphrodite and Torso of a Boy, which are included in Rodin: The Body in Bronze, are very similar to the kinds of ancient fragments he favored. 

Rodin saw a precedent for his own exploration of the evocative human form in the lifelike modeling of ancient Greek sculptors and was particularly inspired by fragmentary sculptures he sketched at the Louvre, like the Venus de Milo or the Winged Victory of Samothrace. To him, such works were powerfully expressive and self-sufficient, even in their partial state. Rodin’s own numerous headless, armless figures, sometimes roughly modeled and retaining the marks and accidents inherent to the sculpting and casting process, challenged prevailing sculptural standards and were often criticized as “unfinished.” But he considered them complete, independent works of art, believing that a part could convey the emotive essence of a larger whole. 

This radical reassessment of the meaning and form of sculpture, based in his study of antiquity, is fundamental to Rodin’s legacy as the first modern sculptor.

Posted by Lisa Small

Louis XVI ormolu, patinated bronze, polychrome-painted and white marble clock, circa 1785,

The clock was acquired around 1786 by Archduchess Marie-Christine of Habsburg, sister of Marie-Antoinette, and her husband, Prince Albert.

28½ in (72 cm) high, 21½ in (54.5 cm) wide, 7½ in (19 cm) deep.

Christie’s in New York