A pair of armbands from Hellenistic Greece (c.200 BC).
They depict depict the mythical Tritons with a long serpentine tails, one male and one female. Each are carrying a small Eros figure. There are hoops behind each of the triton’s heads where a sleeve could be attached to prevent the armbands slipping down the arm. This was a practical necessity as each arm band weighed over 6 and a half ounces.
Source:The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Lekythos in the Form of Sphinx
Late 5th century BC
Clay; h 21.5 cm
The Hermitage Museum
This vessel for perfumed oil, of Attic work, was found not far from Taman in 1869. This superb example of Greek art demonstrates a notable characteristic of art of the Classical period: the form of the rim, neck and handle is that of a lekythos, while the body is executed in the form of a Sphinx – a mythological creature with a lion’s body, bird’s wings, and a woman’s head, with fine facial features and a magnificent head of curly hair.
Horrea Agrippiana, Rome.
Faustina Senior, wife of Antoninus Pius, elephants pulling a cart with her effigy (after her death)
The 12 Labours of Hercules:
- To kill the Nemean Lion
- To kill the Lernian Hydra
- To fetch the Erymanthian Boar
- To capture the Hind of Keryneia
- To drive out the Stymphalian Birds
- To clean the Augean Stables
- To capture the Cretan Bull
- To tame the horses of Diomedes
- To fetch the girdle of Hippolyte
- To fetch the oxen of Geryon
- To fetch Kerberos from the Underworld
- To fetch the Golden Apples of the Hesperides
A selection of gold jewellery, British Museum, London. [Photograph taken by myself]
Top left: Gold earring in the form of a Siren, dated around 320- 300 BC.
Bottom left: Gold earring pendant in the form of a Nike with a trophy, dated around 300 BC.
Right: Gold strap necklace with seed-like pendants, dated around 330- 300 BC.
What Would Khaleesi Wear?
Armband with a Herakles knot, Hellenistic, 3rd–2nd century b.c.
Gold, garnet, emerald, enamel
Ancient Egyptians believed the tears of the goddess Isis made the Nile overflow each year. They celebrated the flood, which happened twice annually, with a festival called the “Night of the Tear Drop.”