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