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Sumerian Head
Diorite. Ca. 2120 a.C.
Anonymous
Sumerian Head
Diorite. Ca. 2120 a.C.
Anonymous

This is one of the largest known Sumerian heads. It is quite similar to portraits of Gudea, the most famous and intelligent ruler of Lagasch. There is very little information about the origins of this [+]

Horus falcon
Basalt, Agate. 664 A.C. - 332 a.C.
Anonymous
Horus falcon
Basalt, Agate. 664 A.C. - 332 a.C.
Anonymous

The falcon was identified with Horus, “the exalted, the one who is above”. One of the oldest gods in Egyptian mythology, Horus was associated with royalty as the guide of monarchs. The pharaoh was alw [+]

Small Kouros
Marble. Ca. 545 a.C.
Naxian Sculptor
Small Kouros
Marble. Ca. 545 a.C.
Naxian Sculptor

The kouroi (“young people”), statues of nude men with long hair and a somewhat stiff posture, based on Egyptian art, are the most representative sculptures in marble of the Greek Archaic Period. They [+]

Head of a Horse
Marble. Ca. 515 a.C.
Greek Sculptor From Attica
Head of a Horse
Marble. Ca. 515 a.C.
Greek Sculptor From Attica

The original context for this partially conserved life-size sculpture of a horse’s head is now unknown. Only a few clues remain to clarify it. García y Bellido determined that it was from late [+]

Frieze with Two Riders Racing
Terracotta. 500 A.C. - 475 a.C.
Anonymous
Frieze with Two Riders Racing
Terracotta. 500 A.C. - 475 a.C.
Anonymous

Panel from an Italian-Etruscan temple. This piece would have covered the temple’s horizontal wooden wall. As many as one hundred identical reliefs have been found at some locations in Etruria, where t [+]

Thot as a Baboon
Basalt. IV a.C. century
Anonymous
Thot as a Baboon
Basalt. IV a.C. century
Anonymous

This baboon was acquired by the Marquis of El Carpio in Rome, from an unidentified source. A drawing in the Carpio album indicates that missing parts were added. He sits with his legs flexed and his t [+]

Nectanebo I
Stone. 380 A.C. - 362 a.C.
Anonymous
Nectanebo I
Stone. 380 A.C. - 362 a.C.
Anonymous

Nactanebo (380-362 BC), first monarch of the XXX dynasty. The five royal names appear in the right column of the dorsal pillar. Horus name (Horus of the strong arm). The King of the Upper and the Lowe [+]

Demetrius I Poliorcetes
Bronze. 307 A.C. - 300 a.C.
Hellenistic Workshop
Demetrius I Poliorcetes
Bronze. 307 A.C. - 300 a.C.
Hellenistic Workshop

The monumental dimensions of the bronze head, compatible with a statue approximately 3.5 m high, as well as its individualized features suggests a portrait rather than a mythological image. Schrö [+]

Herm
White marble. Ca. 150 a.C.
Roman Sculptor
Herm
White marble. Ca. 150 a.C.
Roman Sculptor

This is a Roman copy of an Attic work of about 410-400 B. C. representing Hermes in the form of a pillar. In Athens, the different types of hermae included those donated by councillors so they could b [+]

Muse
Marble. 150 A.C. - 125 a.C.
Greek Sculptor
Muse
Marble. 150 A.C. - 125 a.C.
Greek Sculptor

This Greek statue of a Muse shows her wearing the high cothurni of the theatre on her feet, and she may have originally carried an instrument in her left arm. The dress she wears, a long chiton with a [+]

Eros (?)
Marble. 140 A.C. - 130 a.C.
Greek Sculptor
Eros (?)
Marble. 140 A.C. - 130 a.C.
Greek Sculptor

Hellenistic original. The movement of the body and its composition in an inverted “S” shape recall the statues of Praxiteles. Nevertheless, the proportions are thinner and the treatment of the flesh i [+]

Young Man
White marble. First quarter of the I a.C. century
Greek Sculptor
Young Man
White marble. First quarter of the I a.C. century
Greek Sculptor

The soft, sensual appearance of the torso, with details such as swollen nipples and delicately rounded chest and belly regions, is typical of late Hellenistic sculpture. Its typology coincides with th [+]

Dionysus and his Entourage
White marble. Ca. 50 a.C.
Hellenistic Workshop
Dionysus and his Entourage
White marble. Ca. 50 a.C.
Hellenistic Workshop

The static figure of Dionysus appears in the midst of the uncontrolled dance of his entourage, leaning on a small satyr, his servant. The relief highlights the contrast between his thoughtful posture [+]

Krater with reliefs of a Centaur Fighting
White marble, Italian marble. Ca. 50 a.C.
Roman Sculptor
Krater with reliefs of a Centaur Fighting
White marble, Italian marble. Ca. 50 a.C.
Roman Sculptor

The central part of a late Hellenistic marble krater. The receptacle has high reliefs which show the mythical fight of the lapiths against the centaurs, understood in the fifth century B. C. as a symb [+]

Dionysiac Party
Marble. 50 A.C. - 25 a.C.
Roman Sculptor
Dionysiac Party
Marble. 50 A.C. - 25 a.C.
Roman Sculptor

Queen Christina of Sweden’s famous puteal is not a parapet (puteal in Latin), but an altar from the garden of a Roman villa (the top is currently missing). The different scenes of the relief show seve [+]

Dionysian Dance
Marble. 50 A.C. - 40 a.C.
Hellenistic Workshop
Dionysian Dance
Marble. 50 A.C. - 40 a.C.
Hellenistic Workshop

On account of its ecstatic forms, the cult of Dionysus was considered dangerous but its value as a means of escaping for a few hours from the strict discipline of civic life was also appreciated. The [+]

Dance in honour of Dionysus
White marble. 50 A.C. - 30 a.C.
Hellenistic Workshop
Dance in honour of Dionysus
White marble. 50 A.C. - 30 a.C.
Hellenistic Workshop

Silenus, satyrs and Maenads accompanied Dionysus from his mythical childhood. Their dance was performed at all the satirical plays of Athens and repeated in the Dionysian cults. The drum and the doubl [+]

Wingless Cupid
Bronze. 25 A.C. - 15
Roman Sculptor
Wingless Cupid
Bronze. 25 A.C. - 15
Roman Sculptor

This Augustean-era classicist version of a late Hellenistic Eros (c. 100 B. C.) once carried a metal torch in each hand. It is an example of the so-called “dumb servants”. In this case, the Cupid prob [+]

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