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This silver-gilt mouthpiece comes from Cyprus and dates from the late 5th or 6th century BC. It would have been placed on the the mouth of a dead body as part of the burial process.
Galatea, daughter of Eurytius, who was son of Sparton, married at Phaestus in Crete Pandion’s son, Lamprus, a man of good family but without means. When Galatea became pregnant, Lamprus prayed to have a son and said plainly to his … Continue reading
Hermes Kriophoros – Roman copy of 5th century BC Greek original “Kriophoros” is Greek for “ram-bearer.” The epithet became associated with the god Hermes in connection with a story from the city of Tanagra, here retold by the traveler and … Continue reading
After the Greeks colonized Cyrenaica—now part of Lybia—and established settlements in the lower Nile Delta, they came to associate Zeus with the Egyptian supreme god Amun-Ra, who was often depicted with the head of a ram. The features of both … Continue reading
Brygos: Rhyton [drinking vessel] in the shape of a dog’s head (early 5th century BC) (source)
Athlete with head of Lucius Verus [detail] (c. 460-450 BC); Braccio Nuovo, Vatican. (source) This portrait-statue, described in the Vatican Catalogue as heroic, is (though larger than life) perhaps as completely the opposite as one can conceive. It may be … Continue reading