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fablesandgables:

Embossed ornament in the form of a lion-griffin, from the Oxus treasure
Achaemenid Persian, 5th-4th century BC
From the region of Takht-i Kuwad, Tadjikistan

This embossed ornament is part of the Oxus treasure, the most important collection of silver and gold to have survived from the Achaemenid period. The treasure is from a temple and dates mainly from the fifth and fourth centuries BC.
This piece, in the shape of a winged stag with a horned lion’s head, is decorated with hollows for inlay. There are two long pins at the back for attachment, though it is unclear what the ornament originally decorated.
This composite creature reflects the ‘Animal Style’ of South Russia and demonstrates the close relations between the Persians and the nomadic people of the northern steppe lands. The Persian kings had indirect access to the wealth and artistic traditions of northern Central Asia and Siberia, and some contacts are illustrated by this piece. [x]

fablesandgables:

Embossed ornament in the form of a lion-griffin, from the Oxus treasure

Achaemenid Persian, 5th-4th century BC

From the region of Takht-i Kuwad, Tadjikistan

This embossed ornament is part of the Oxus treasure, the most important collection of silver and gold to have survived from the Achaemenid period. The treasure is from a temple and dates mainly from the fifth and fourth centuries BC.

This piece, in the shape of a winged stag with a horned lion’s head, is decorated with hollows for inlay. There are two long pins at the back for attachment, though it is unclear what the ornament originally decorated.

This composite creature reflects the ‘Animal Style’ of South Russia and demonstrates the close relations between the Persians and the nomadic people of the northern steppe lands. The Persian kings had indirect access to the wealth and artistic traditions of northern Central Asia and Siberia, and some contacts are illustrated by this piece. [x]

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centuriespast:

SAMMARTINO, GiuseppeDead Christ Lying in the Shroud1753Marble, life-sizeSanta Maria della Pietà dei Sangro, Naples

centuriespast:

SAMMARTINO, Giuseppe
Dead Christ Lying in the Shroud
1753
Marble, life-size
Santa Maria della Pietà dei Sangro, Naples

yajifun:

workman:

virtual-artifacts:
Tomb guardian (zhenmushou), China, around 666, painted earthenware, 59 x 32 x 30 cm, Zhaoling Museum

镇墓兽 鎮墓獸

yajifun:

workman:

virtual-artifacts:

Tomb guardian (zhenmushou), China, around 666, painted earthenware, 59 x 32 x 30 cm, Zhaoling Museum

镇墓兽 鎮墓獸

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centuriespast:

Goat head
Sumerian
Iraq, Fara
Period: Pre-Sargonic
Copper
Penn Museum

centuriespast:

Goat head

Sumerian

Iraq, Fara

Period: Pre-Sargonic

Copper

Penn Museum

centuriespast:

Anthropomorphic Figure
Cocle
8th century
Hammered and Embossed Gold
Penn Museum

centuriespast:

Anthropomorphic Figure

Cocle

8th century

Hammered and Embossed Gold

Penn Museum

centuriespast:

Jaguar Effigy Vessel
Chavin
Penn Museum

centuriespast:

Jaguar Effigy Vessel

Chavin

Penn Museum

centuriespast:

Ram in the Thicket
Iraq, Ur
Gold, Silver, Lapis
Penn Museum

centuriespast:

Ram in the Thicket

Iraq, Ur

Gold, Silver, Lapis

Penn Museum

centuriespast:

Brick stamp Inscribed “Shar-kali-sharri, king of Akkade, builder of Enlil’s temple.”
Babylonian
Iraq, Nippur
Penn Museum

centuriespast:

Brick stamp Inscribed “Shar-kali-sharri, king of Akkade, builder of Enlil’s temple.”

Babylonian

Iraq, Nippur

Penn Museum

asylum-art:

A Huge Collection of Embroidered silk  Spheres by  92-year-old grandmother in Japan.

These intricate and extraordinarily beautiful embroidered silk balls are a form of Japanese folk art called Temari, which means “hand ball” in Japanese. These particular temari are even more impressive because they were handmade by a 92-year-old grandmother in Japan. NanaAkua’s flickr

 

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justanothermasterpiece:

Christian Hetzel.

justanothermasterpiece:

Christian Hetzel.

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