Classical Greek Museum

Cycladic female figurine (canonical type, Spedos variety), Unknown, "2800-2300 BC" - "", From the collection of: Museum of Cycladic Art
Figurine: Height 336mm This is a marble figure from the early bronze age depicting a female. While it is missing its colored dyes, researchers believe that it was primarily a mourning statuette or figurine used to depict high wealth of the time. Although crude by todays standards, viewers can clearly make out attempts of anatomy and features of the face by the etchings within the stone. This piece displays the simplicity of early Greek art forms while still being highly elaborate for its time.
Gold signet ring, unknown artist, -1450/-1300, From the collection of: Benaki Museum of Greek Civilization
Gold Jewelry: Length 1.8 cm This gold ring discovered in Thebes, Boeotia during the late bronze age, is engraved with what appears to be a man and a woman under the sun, symbolizing the union of Sacred Marriage of the Minoan Cult.
Pyxis with lid, Unknown, "760-750 BC" - "", From the collection of: Museum of Cycladic Art
Width: 325mm Height: 265mm This ancient vessel made of clay with a lid but no handles was used for the storage of female adornments. This is a prime example of the Late Geometric Age and the end of the Dark Ages when vessels were still spherical yet still contained much of the simplistic linear designs. There are four horses contained on the lid that represent a higher class, so it is likely that this pyxis was used in a wealthy household
Mantiklos "Apollo", Unknown, about 700 B.C. - 675 B.C., From the collection of: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Sculpture: 203mm This bronze sculpture discovered in Thebes, represents the transitional period of Late Geometric to Archaic, as seen by its simplicity and introduction of muscularity. It could have represented the god Apollo at the time. His had is empty but it is believed that he was holding a silver bow and arrow (now lost) within his grasp and the inscription on his leg mentions his several times. The anatomy of this sculpture is still very raw, yet is significantly different than earlier pieces.
Bronze Corinthian helmet, Corinthian workshop, -0600/-0550, From the collection of: Benaki Museum of Greek Civilization
Armor, Height: 240cm This bronze helmet is a typical example of Corinthian helot armor during the Archaic Period. This helmet in particular embodies the ever changing design of protection during warfare. Rather than its predecessors, this helmet is more spherical to better fit the head and allow for mobility and expanded protection. This design was used during the Peloponnesian Wars. It is a constant remembrance of the war torn history of the Greeks.
Black-Figure Column Krater, about 520 B.C., From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Height: 47cm This large terracotta vessel greatly embraces the Athenian style of black figure kraters during the late Archaic/Early Classical movements. Present on the piece is Dionysus , who is wrapped in festival garb and holding his drinking horn, surrounded by those who celebrate him. This could represent the festival of Dionysus within Athens and could be an ode to playwriting. On the back are two lions and a bull showing heroism embodied. Ivy leaves and a rosebud top off this piece. Kraters like this often depict scenes of great importance within Greek culture, including religion or popular myths.
Alexander III, stater, Unknown, -0323/-0317, From the collection of: Numismatic Museum
Gold Coin, Weight: 8.50 grams Currency of the Hellenistic Period when Alexander the Great presided over Greece. On one side is Athena, who wears her armor and on the other is Nike who holds a wreath and a stylus. Both clearly portray Alexander's want to be associated with Greece, by including their gods on his currency. Athena represents the power of the nation. Likewise, Nike portrays the naval power and peace during the time.
Mixing Vessel with Adonis, Aphrodite, and Persephone, 390 - 380 B.C., From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Width: 40 Height: 78cm Again we see another terracotta Krater but this was made during the Classical period. On this particular krater, there is a scene depicting the classic love story of Adonis, Persephone, and Aphrodite, which also gives explanation to the seasons and harvest. Its ribbed structure is not normal of Greek pottery, so some have surmised that it was intended for export to one of Greece's many colonies.
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