The Legion of Honor – part two – ancient artifacts

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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  1. Great photos. I love the ancient world. It’s what started me on this writing journey. There is a lot to learn about it. People would be surprised at how little has changed in regard to how we as humans work. But that ancient art work man…..

  2. Hi Larry. When I lived in S.F. I was often a visitor to the Palace. It’s a living replica of the original Palace in France. By the way, I really admire your website. How did you become so efficient at creating it? I could use some tips. Is there a book or video or something I could read, or classes I could take on creating an interesting looking blog? Thanks.

    1. Hey there Ron,

      Thanks for your comment and thoughts. Bear in mind that our blog is a micro blog in that it gets only a small amount of traffic or small number of visitors each day. We have been at this blogging since early June of 2012. WordPress has in that time upgraded the free themes (blog layouts) that it offers. We found this free theme or layout (called Rowling) about a year ago, and as we had seen it on other blogs and it looked good and was functional, we switched to it at that time. Thus, the appearance of our blog has improved thanks to WordPress, and not really from anything we have done. As to the images we feature in our posts, the vast majority of these are ones we (my wife or I) have taken with her iPhone over time.

      There may be some kind of tutorials on WordPress or out on the Internet (via Google search) with suggestions on creating an attractive blog, so that is a possibility. At first, we thought that success in attracting blog visitors (readers) was pretty much dependent upon coming up with good, substantive content, but we did realize that format and marketing is important. (And, there are sites out there that will direct traffic to your blog for a fee, and it is fairly expensive.) One thing I can suggest is that you add the widget to your blog for folks to enter their email address to follow your blog and be notified when you publish a new post (that is found under Appearance, then under Widgets on your blog admin screen). Another couple of things that we wish we would have put in place from the very start of our blogging is: 1. change the settings (cannot now find this, so you may have to type this question up under Help to find how to do this) such that only a short intro to your post gets emailed to your subscribers (aka followers) rather than your entire post being emailed to them. By doing this, they have to come to your site to read your post, and this helps to protect your content from being pirated. 2. Only display a short opening of your posts and not entire posts on your home page. Some themes (such as Rowling) does this automatically. On other themes (blog layouts), you can use the “insert read more” feature (located to the left of the spell check icon on the tool bar) on each post you write to accomplish this. Blogs that show the full length post on the home page are difficult to scroll through and that discourages visitors from perusing your content. Add some widgets such that readers can sort through your posts by month or by category. Include a search button (from widgets). And, be sure to go under Settings, then Sharing, and enable the reblog feature for all posts. You can expand your audience when other bloggers reblog your posts on their blogs.

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