Athens, Greece: Day ThirteenDecember 29, 2011
Posted by Kanga.
We finally got to the National Archaeological Museum during open hours. It is always interesting to see ancient artworks and how finely detailed they sometimes are. This lion and bull are from royal graves in Mycenae ca. 16th century B.C. (approximately 3500 years ago)
DaddyBird got to hang out with Poseidon.
I found this fellow below compelling. This is part of a full size sculpture of a philosopher. He was found in a shipwreck. Only the bronze bits survived. Just imagine the artist spending numerous hours/days/weeks/months creating this, but before it can be installed in its intended display place, it goes down with the ship. If only the artist could know that over 2000 years later it would be one of the most photographed items in a museum. I sat and watched as others came through the doorway, saw him and immediately pulled out their cameras.
How many tries did it take to get a picture of this horse and rider without someone walking through the picture? At least four. It is a rather amazing piece.
They don’t seem to be able to make up their mind whether this is Zeus throwing a lightning bolt or Poseidon throwing his trident. Since the weapon is missing, there is no clue.
The woman standing to the left was interesting to watch. She was almost floating around the room with a beatific look on her face.
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