Filippo Negroli (c. 1510-1579) was perhaps the most famous armorer in history. Steel helmet with mermaid.
The Code of Hammurabi, ca. 1750. Black basalt (found at Susa), height 225 cm, Old Babylonian.
Chariot, late 6th century b.c.
Etruscan; From Monteleone, Italy
H. 51 1/2 in.
Although chariots are frequently represented in all forms of ancient art, they were no longer used in warfare by the sixth century B.C.; rather, the scenes in which they appear refer to an earlier, mythological period. This chariot was found in a tomb in Monteleone, Italy, and probably saw little actual use before it was buried with its owner. It is exceptional for its state of preservation and exquisite hammered relief decoration. The pole of the chariot issues from the head of a boar and ends in the head of a beaked bird. The principle subjects on the three parts of the chariot box refer to the life of a hero, most likely Achilles. In the center, Achilles receives armor from Thetis, his mother. On one side, he engages in combat with another hero, possibly Memnon; on the other side, he appears in a chariot drawn by winged horses. While the style and subject of the reliefs look to Greek art and myth, the treatment of the scenes is thoroughly Etruscan.
Lions Gate relief, limestone.
c. 1250 B.C. (Late Mycenaean)
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Xi’An warriors. China.
Flying Nike (Victory) Greek
Hellenistic Period, 2nd century B.C.
Myrina, Aeolis, Asia Minor
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The Gate of All Nations, built 5th century BC, Persepolis, Iran.
The Nike of Samothrace. c.190 BC. Parian Marble.
Displayed in the Louvre.
The Queen Nefertiti
“Nefertiti (ca. 1370 BC – ca. 1330 BC) was the Great Royal Wife (chief consort) of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten.
She was made famous by her bust, one of the most copied works of ancient Egypt. It was attributed to the sculptor , and it was found in his workshop. The bust is notable for exemplifying the understanding Ancient Egyptians had regarding realistic facial proportions. Some scholars believe that Nefertiti ruled briefly as Neferneferuaten after her husband’s death and before the accession of Tutankhamun, although this identification is a matter of ongoing debate.”
The Pergamon Altar, c. 200-150 B.C. Pergamon Museum, Berlin
On the calm black water where the stars are sleeping
White Ophelia floats like a great lily;
Floats very slowly, lying in her long veils…
- In the far-off woods you can hear them sound the mort.
For more than a thousand years sad Ophelia
Has passed, a white phantom, down the long black river.