There were various ancient artifacts on display from ancient Egypt and the Greco-Roman world of antiquity.

Do we, when we view and appreciate such ancient artifacts, connect in a sense with the past?

In this first picture, we see a bird (raven?) in sculpted relief (in stone).  The artistry and the effort that went into this work is noteworthy.

 

 

Even from a distance, this work is eye-catching and impressive.

 

 

This informational plaque tells us that the next piece is “the torso of a god”. 

 

 

Although only a fragment of the original work, we are captivated by its beauty, simplicity and its age.

 

 

An ibis in stone is seen next.

 

 

The hunt with a predator (some type of large feline) and its fallen prey (ibex?) is depicted here.  The harsh and cruel facts of nature and life have always made an impression on man.  Here, we are poignantly reminded that death or the taking of life is necessary for some life forms to live.

 

 

A two-headed, paradoxical creature is seen here.

 

 

Next, we see a bull, which can be symbolic or evocative of strength, virility, and a wild, untamed nature.

 

 

These next 2 pieces are works of pottery from the ancient Greek world.  This first piece is painted with chariots.

 

 

An urn with painted exterior.

 

 

In the excitement of the moment, I was remiss not to read what period these pieces were from.  The winged being on the right seems to suggest a possible angel, and an early Christian art work.

 

 

A closer view here.

 

 

Lastly, we view a now headless statue from the ancient Mediterranean world.  This piece shows artistry and realism (even the folds and creases of the garment are visible).

 

 

 . . . . to be continued . . . .

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