Burgonet: A mermaidlike siren forming the helmet’s comb holds a grimacing head of Medusa by the hair. The sides of the helmet are covered with acanthus scrolls inhabited by putti, a motif derived from ancient Roman sculpture and wall paintings. Dated 1543.
Ancient Egyptian jewelry depicting the ba, a human-headed falcon that symbolized one’s unique personality. Artist unknown; 3rd cent. BCE (Ptolemaic period). Now in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Photo credit: Walters Art Museum.
Ancient Egyptian amulet depicting a ram-headed falcon, made from gold, lapis lazuli, turquoise, and carnelian. Artist unknown; 26th regnal year of Ramesses II “the Great” = 1254 BCE. Found in the tomb of an Apis bull in the Serapeum of Memphis, Saqqara; now in the Louvre. Photo credit: Guillaume Blanchard/Wikimedia Commons.
Bronze head of a man, thought to be a north African. Artist unknown; ca. 300 BCE. Found beneath the cella of the temple of Apollo at Cyrene, Libya; now in the British Museum. Photo credit: Zde/Wikimedia Commons.
Some fabulous photos from this weekend’s “Axe to Grind: Forging Your Own Hatchet” class that I taught at The Steel Yard in Providence, RI! I’m extremely pleased with how the class turned out. Everyone went home with a finished forged hatchet, and I’m super excited to run this class again (hopefully in the fall?) We finished off the class with a good round of axe-brandishing and orcish war screaming! It was epic.
Portion of an ancient Roman chain-link necklace with a lunula (miniature crescent), decorated with filigree. Artist unknown; 1st cent. CE. Now in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Photo credit: Walters Art Museum.