Greek Art

by Jolisse Gray

The children of Uranus and the earth tried to take over the empire, he was a man with snake-like legs. His raised arm is wrapped in animal fur to help defend off any blows from combat. The shoulders are meant to be broad to heighten strength and barbarity.
The animal is sculpted to represent power and grace while looking straight to give the person looking at the piece a sense of confusion. The confusion comes from it's awkward stance of the hind legs. The feathers on this piece have been sculpted very carefully to create intricate detailing.
In Greek culture, horses are a major symbol for them. They represented transportation, warfare, and entertainment. These horses stood for the wealthy and social class because of how expensive they were to maintain. The Amphora depicts two men mounting their horses. The horse riders in Greece did not have saddles or stirrups, only reins to control their horses.
A griffin is part eagle, lion, and snake. In this statue, the griffin is eating Arimsasp limb from limb. In Greek history, the griffin resides in a civilized area and guards a surplus of gold. The Arimasp and Griffins were in constant conflict because the Arimasps tried to steal the gold. Although Arimasp is usually shown in barbaric clothing, the nude showing is unusual and makes the piece unique.
In this pitcher, Heracles is seen fighting with Triton. Triton is described as a sea creature and Heracles is the man in the lion skin. Triton is seen trying to wrangle his way out of Heracles's grasp.
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