miércoles, 7 de diciembre de 2016


Iphigeneia carried to the sacrifice (centre) while the seer Calchas (on the right) watches on and Agamemnon (on the left) covers his head in sign of deploration. In the sky, Artemis appears with a hind which will be substituted to the young girl.


This piece of painted material, which dates from the Graeco-Roman Period, depicts two divinities in the form of a serpent. They are without any doubt Agathos Daimon, the good genie protector of the town of Alexandria, and Isis-Uraeus. They are respectively wearing pshent head-dresses, the pharaonic double crown of Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt, and a crown composed of a solar disk and cow's horns. The bodies are marked with black and reddish colours. The two divine serpents, creations of religious syncretism of the Graeco-Roman Period, often decorate stelae, coins and the walls of tombs.
Van dieren en mensen. Getuigenissen uit Prehistorie en Oudheid - Des animaux et des hommes. Témoignages de la Préhistoire et de l'Antiquité (Exposition), Bruxelles 1988, 179 nº 179


Fresco from the Villa of the Mysteries. Pompeii, 80 BC

domingo, 13 de noviembre de 2016

carved plaque of a supine bull

An exquisitely carved plaque of a supine bull. Note the black burn mark. Probably this was part of a group which once supported an ivory tray. Neo-Assyrian period, 9th-7th centuries BCE. From Nimrud, Mesopotamia, Iraq. The Sulaymaniyah Museum, Iraq.

ivory plaque

Ivory Plaque from Nimrud (ancient Kalhu; Biblical Calah). It depicts a standing/striding bull. From Nimrud, Mesopotamia, Iraq. It was excavated by Sir Max Mallowan between 1949-1963. Neo-Assyrian Period, 911-612 BCE. Erbil Civilization Museum, Kurdistan, Iraq.

“Woman at the window” or “the lady of the window”

“Woman at the window” or “the lady of the window” is one of the most famous scenes in Phoenician ivory carving. The plaque shows a woman who looks out of a window, thought to be a sacred prostitute linked to the goddess Astarte or Ishtar. However, the exact significance of the scene is still unknown. Neo-Assyrian period, 9th-7th centuries BCE. From Nimrud, Mesopotamia, Iraq. The Sulaimaniyah Museum, Iraq.

Ídolo guanche

Ídolo guanche conocido como "Guatimac" (Museo Arqueológico del Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife).