• Early classical ancient Greek bronze statue of Zeus or Poseidon, circa 450 BC. Athens National Arcjaeological Museum, cat no X15161. Black background<br />
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This bronze statue was found in the sea off Cape Artemision in northern Euobea. Zeus or Poseidon is shown making a great stride. His lefy arm is extended forward and his righy arm extends back which would have held a thunderbolt, if Zeus, or a trident if Poseidon. The identification of the statue is controversial though it ios more likely Zeus. <br />
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It is one of the few preserved original statues of Severe Style, notable for the exuisite rendering of motion and anatomy. Iy is certainly the work of a great sculptor of the early ancient Greek Classical period
  • Early classical ancient Greek bronze statue of Zeus or Poseidon, circa 450 BC. Athens National Arcjaeological Museum, cat no X15161. Black background<br />
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This bronze statue was found in the sea off Cape Artemision in northern Euobea. Zeus or Poseidon is shown making a great stride. His lefy arm is extended forward and his righy arm extends back which would have held a thunderbolt, if Zeus, or a trident if Poseidon. The identification of the statue is controversial though it ios more likely Zeus. <br />
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It is one of the few preserved original statues of Severe Style, notable for the exuisite rendering of motion and anatomy. Iy is certainly the work of a great sculptor of the early ancient Greek Classical period
  • Early classical ancient Greek bronze statue of Zeus or Poseidon, circa 450 BC. Athens National Arcjaeological Museum, cat no X15161. Black background<br />
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This bronze statue was found in the sea off Cape Artemision in northern Euobea. Zeus or Poseidon is shown making a great stride. His lefy arm is extended forward and his righy arm extends back which would have held a thunderbolt, if Zeus, or a trident if Poseidon. The identification of the statue is controversial though it ios more likely Zeus. <br />
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It is one of the few preserved original statues of Severe Style, notable for the exuisite rendering of motion and anatomy. Iy is certainly the work of a great sculptor of the early ancient Greek Classical period
  • Early classical ancient Greek bronze statue of Zeus or Poseidon, circa 450 BC. Athens National Arcjaeological Museum, cat no X15161. Black background<br />
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This bronze statue was found in the sea off Cape Artemision in northern Euobea. Zeus or Poseidon is shown making a great stride. His lefy arm is extended forward and his righy arm extends back which would have held a thunderbolt, if Zeus, or a trident if Poseidon. The identification of the statue is controversial though it ios more likely Zeus. <br />
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It is one of the few preserved original statues of Severe Style, notable for the exuisite rendering of motion and anatomy. Iy is certainly the work of a great sculptor of the early ancient Greek Classical period
  • Early classical ancient Greek bronze statue of Zeus or Poseidon, circa 450 BC. Athens National Arcjaeological Museum, cat no X15161. Black background<br />
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This bronze statue was found in the sea off Cape Artemision in northern Euobea. Zeus or Poseidon is shown making a great stride. His lefy arm is extended forward and his righy arm extends back which would have held a thunderbolt, if Zeus, or a trident if Poseidon. The identification of the statue is controversial though it ios more likely Zeus. <br />
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It is one of the few preserved original statues of Severe Style, notable for the exuisite rendering of motion and anatomy. Iy is certainly the work of a great sculptor of the early ancient Greek Classical period
  • Early classical ancient Greek bronze statue of Zeus or Poseidon, circa 450 BC. Athens National Arcjaeological Museum, cat no X15161. Black background<br />
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This bronze statue was found in the sea off Cape Artemision in northern Euobea. Zeus or Poseidon is shown making a great stride. His lefy arm is extended forward and his righy arm extends back which would have held a thunderbolt, if Zeus, or a trident if Poseidon. The identification of the statue is controversial though it ios more likely Zeus. <br />
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It is one of the few preserved original statues of Severe Style, notable for the exuisite rendering of motion and anatomy. Iy is certainly the work of a great sculptor of the early ancient Greek Classical period
  • Early classical ancient Greek bronze statue of Zeus or Poseidon, circa 450 BC. Athens National Arcjaeological Museum, cat no X15161. Black background<br />
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This bronze statue was found in the sea off Cape Artemision in northern Euobea. Zeus or Poseidon is shown making a great stride. His lefy arm is extended forward and his righy arm extends back which would have held a thunderbolt, if Zeus, or a trident if Poseidon. The identification of the statue is controversial though it ios more likely Zeus. <br />
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It is one of the few preserved original statues of Severe Style, notable for the exuisite rendering of motion and anatomy. Iy is certainly the work of a great sculptor of the early ancient Greek Classical period
  • Early classical ancient Greek bronze statue of Zeus or Poseidon, circa 450 BC. Athens National Arcjaeological Museum, cat no X15161. Black background<br />
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This bronze statue was found in the sea off Cape Artemision in northern Euobea. Zeus or Poseidon is shown making a great stride. His lefy arm is extended forward and his righy arm extends back which would have held a thunderbolt, if Zeus, or a trident if Poseidon. The identification of the statue is controversial though it ios more likely Zeus. <br />
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It is one of the few preserved original statues of Severe Style, notable for the exuisite rendering of motion and anatomy. Iy is certainly the work of a great sculptor of the early ancient Greek Classical period
  • Mycenaean  Bronze dagger with inlaid lion hunt scene from Grave V, Grave Circle A, Mycenae, 16th cent BC. National Archaeological Museum Athens. 16th Cent BC. Cat No 394.  Black Background
  • Roman funerary statue of a women in the Large Herculaneum style, Found in the cemetery of Stagiou Street, Athens, Athens Archaeological Museum, cat no 32622. Against black<br />
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This statue is the typle known as the Large Herculaneum Wome. She wears a full length chiton and himation that covers her head and entire body. Dating from the 1st cent AD it is a copy of an earlier statue circa 320 BC, probably by Praxiteles
  • Statue of a female inj the Small Herculaneum Style, Athens Archaeological Museum, Cat no 242. Pentelic marble. Against black<br />
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Copy of earlier famous Greek statue dated 300 BC. The women is depicted wearing a full length chiton and a himation that covers her entire body.
  • Marble statue of Pan found in Sparta, Pelopenese, 1st Cent AD copy of 4th Cent BC Greek original. Athens Archaeological Museum Cat No 252. Against black<br />
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Pan, the goat footed god wears an animal pelt from which protrude only his jhairy legs. In his left hand he is holding pan pipes. The expression on his bestial featured face is softened by a broad smile.
  • The 'Atalante Hermes' Roman marble statue found at Atalante. 2nd Cemt AD copy of the 4th cent BC Lysippean Greek style. Athens Archaeological Museum, cat no 240. Against black<br />
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Funserary statue of a youth depicted as Hermes. He is shown nude with his chlamys over his shoulder and wound around his right arm. In his left hand he holds a 'caduceus'.
  • Roman marble statue of Hermes found at Aigion, Pelopenese. 27 BC - 14 AD. Athens Archaeological Museum Cat No 241. Against black<br />
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Hermes is depicted standing wearing a chalamys that is wound around his lest arm. In his right hand he holds a purse and in his left a 'caduceus'. Augustan Roman period
  • Statue of Artemis, found at the 'House of Diadoumenos' on Delos. Pariam marble, Circa 100 BC. Athens Archaeological Museum, Cat No 1829. against black<br />
Artemis wears a chiton, a girt and himation. The diagonal strap ocross her breast will have held the quiver full of arrows. The Goddess's beauty is stressed by her elaborate coiffure.
  • Ancient Greek funerary statue of a women, type Small Herculaneum Woman style. From Delos circa 2nd Cent BC. Athens National Archaeological Museum. Cat No 1827. against black<br />
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This marble statue from Delos shopws a women wearing a full length chiton and a himation that covers her entire body and arms. This style of statue is known os 'Small Herculaneum Woman' and is a copy of a famous original dating from 300 BC.
  • Roman funerary statue of a women in the Large Herculaneum style, Found in the cemetery of Stagiou Street, Athens, Athens Archaeological Museum, cat no 32622.  against grey<br />
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This statue is the typle known as the Large Herculaneum Wome. She wears a full length chiton and himation that covers her head and entire body. Dating from the 1st cent AD it is a copy of an earlier statue circa 320 BC, probably by Praxiteles
  • Ancient Egyptian quartz statue head of princess from Amarna. 18th Dynasty Ancient Egypt, 1345 BC . Neues Museum Berlin Cat No: AM 21223.
  • Ancient Egyptian Statue the " Berlin Green Man ". / Berliner Grüner Kopf. / Egypt 30.  Dynasty  (350 BC) Berlin Neues Museum Cat No: AM 12500.
  • Ancient Egyptian granite statue of Sobekhotep V kneeling with ointment vessels. Egypt 13-14 Dynastie (1750-1700 BC) Berlin Neues Museum Cat No: AM 10645
  • 25th dynasty Egyptian granite Sphinx of Shepenepet II, god's wife of Amon. 660 BC, Karnak. Neues Reiche Museum, Berlin. Cat No AM7972
  • Egyptian painting on stucco of Pharaoh Amenhotep I. 11152-1145BC, Thebes. Neues Reiche Museum, Berlin. Cat No AM2061
  • Ancient Egyptian limestone funerary stele of Ipepi with his wife, mother and sister in front of Osiris. Middle Kingdom, 11th Dynasty, 2120-1980 BC. Neues Museum Berlin Cat No: AM 24031.
  • Ancient Egyptian quartz statue head of princess from Amarna. 18th Dynasty Ancient Egypt, 1345 BC . Neues Museum Berlin Cat No: AM 21223.
  • Paros Marble Lycian Sarcophagus from the end of the 5th Cent. B.C  from the Royal Necropolis of Sidon (lebanon), Chamber no IV. Istanbul Archaeological Museum Inv. No 369T Cat. Mendel 63.
  • Paros Marble Lycian Sarcophagus from the end of the 5th Cent. B.C  from the Royal Necropolis of Sidon (lebanon), Chamber no IV. Istanbul Archaeological Museum Inv. No 369T Cat. Mendel 63.
  • Sarcophagus of The Mourning Women, 4th cent. B.C Greek from the Royal Necropolis of Sidon , Chamber no I, Lebanon, Istanbul Archaeological Museum Inv. 386T  Cat. Mendel 10.
  • "Charioteer of Delphi" 470 BC. The "Charioteer of Delphi" is one of the best known ancient Greek statues, and one of the best preserved examples of classical bronze casts. It is considered a fine example of the "Severe" style. Delphi Archaeological Museum.
  • Large Sphinx of Naxos sitting on an Ionic column circa 560 B.C. Delphi Archaeological Museum.
  • Satrap Sarcophagus, Paros marble from the Royal Necropolis of Sidon, Chamber no. VI. Second half of the 5th cent. B.C.  Istanbul Archaeological museum Inv 367 T.  Cat. Mendel 9
  • 25th dynasty Egyptian granite Sphinx of Shepenepet II, god's wife of Amon. 660 BC, Karnak. Neues Reiche Museum, Berlin. Cat No AM7972
  • Ancient Egyptian mummy mask of Pasyg. 1st century BC. Neues Museum Berlin AM 34436.
  • Ushabti box of Sched-es-en-mut. Egyptian painted wooden box panel of the deceased in front of a tree goddess, 1540-1075 BC . Neues Reiche Museum, Berlin. Cat No AM630
  • Ancient Egyptian relief portrait fragment of King Akhenaten from Amarna. 18th Dynasty 1345 BC . Neues Museum Berlin 1985.328.3: Gift from New York Metropolitan Museum, Norbert Schimmel.
  • Ancient Egyptian house altar relief sculpture of Akhenaten, Nefrertiti and their three daughters. 18th Dynasty 1345 BC . Neues Museum Berlin AM 14145.
  • Quartz ancient Egyptian relief sculpture of Queen Tiy from the funerary temple of Amenohis III, West Thebes. 18th Dynasty Ancient Egypt, 1375 BC . Neues Museum Berlin Cat No: AM 23270.
  • Ushabti. 18 dynasty Egyptian kneeling sculpture of queen Hatshepsut with a cultic vessel, 1475BC Deir el-Bahari . Neues Reiche Museum, Berlin. Cat No AM22883
  • Ancient Egyptian relief study of a foot. 18th Dynasty 1345 BC . Neues Museum Berlin AM 20672.
  • Ancient Egyptian tomb relief sculpture of King Amenhotep III from the grave of Chaemhat, Thebes West. 18th Dynasty 1360 BC. Neues Museum Berlin AM 14503.
  • Ancient Egyptian relief portrait of King Akhenaten from Amarna. 18th Dynasty 1340 BC . Neues Museum Berlin Cat No: AM 14512.
  • Ancient Egyptian relief portrait of King Akhenaten from Amarna. 18th Dynasty 1340 BC . Neues Museum Berlin Cat No: AM 21683.
  • Ancient Egyptian tomb relief sculpture depicting the scribe and judge Ankhirptah. Middle Kingdom Egypt, 2170 BC. Neues Museum Berlin Cat No: AM 7337.
  • Ancient Egyptian quartz statue head of prince Khaemwase, son of Pharaoh  Rameses II. 19th Dynasty Ancient Egypt, 1260 BC . Neues Museum Berlin Cat No: AM 13460.
  • Ancient Egyptian Greywacke statue head . 27 th Dynasty 500 BC . Neues Museum Berlin Cat No: AM 31196.
  • Granite ancient Egyptian statue head of a man from Thebes. 2000 BC . Neues Reich Museum Berlin Cat No: AM 1254.
  • Quartz Ancient Egyptian Statue head of King Amenhotep II from Wad Ban Naga, Sudan . 18 th Dynasty 1425 BC . Neues Reich Museum Berlin Cat No: AM 2057.
  • Ancient Egyptian head of a statue  of king Amenhotep III. / Kopf eider statue des Königs Amenophis III. / Egypt 18. Dynasty  (1360BC) Berlin Neues Museum Cat No: VAGM 1997/118.
  • Sculptured Eyyptian  head of a man in Baslt. Fifth. Dynasty 2500 BC.  Altes Reich Egyptian Museum, Berlin
  • Statue Portrait head of Nefertiti. / Portratkopfe des Konigspaares Nofretete. / Egypt 18. Dynasty  (1340 BC) Berlin Neues Museum Cat No: AM 21348.
  • Ancient Ptolemaic Egyptian basalt statue of Ptolemy III, 220 BC . Neues Museum Berlin. Cat No: 14764
  • Egyptian painting on stucco of the defied Pharaoh Amenhotep I . 11152-1145BC, Thebes, Grab Nr 359. Neues Reiche Museum, Berlin. Cat No AM2061
  • Egyptian painting on stucco of the defied queen Ahmose-Nofretari. 11152-1145BC, Thebes, Grab Nr 359. Neues Reiche Museum, Berlin. Cat No AM2060
  • 12 dynasty Egyptian statue of king Amenemhet III praying. 1840-1800 BC, Memphis. Neues  Museum, Berlin. Cat No AM1121
  • 12 dynasty Egyptian statue of king Amenemhet III praying. 1840-1800 BC, Memphis. Neues  Museum, Berlin. Cat No AM1121
  • Ancient Egyptian case of the inner coffin of Nespamai depicting the goddess Nut. 500BC BC. Neues Museum Berlin AM 31213/2.
  • Ancient Egyptian mummy mask of Pasyg. 1st century BC. Neues Museum Berlin VAGM 1989/111.
  • Early Roman mummy mask of a women from  Egypt 1st century BC . Neues Museum Berlin Cat No: AM 34434.
  • Ancient Egyptian voitive stele of Takasu for the Gods Harmakhis and Atun from Thebes. Ancient Egypt 25/26 Dynaty, 630 BC. Neues Museum Berlin Cat No: AM 935.
  • Ancient Egyptian Ptolemaic sacrophagus of the prophet Ahmose. 332-30 BC. Neues Museum Berlin AM 38.
  • Ancient Egyptian bronze statue of Meres-Amun. Ancient Egypt 22nd Dynaty, 850 BC. Neues Museum Berlin Cat No: AM 32321.
  • Ancient Egyptian granite block statue of the steward Haruafrom Thebes. 26th Dynasty 500 BC. Neues Museum Berlin AM 8163.
  • Ancient Egyptian statue from Thebes, 500 BC, Neues Museum Berlin
  • Ancient Egyptian granite block statue of the steward Haruafrom Thebes. 26th Dynasty 500 BC. Neues Museum Berlin AM 8163.
  • Ancient Egyptian statue head of Queen Hatshepsut or King Thutmose III. Ancient Egypt 18th Dynaty, 1460-1450 BC. Neues Museum Berlin Cat No: AM 34431.
  • Ushabti. Ptolemaic Dynasty  Egyptian textile & gold mummy mask depicting various gods, 306-30 BC. Neues Reiche Museum, Berlin. Cat No AM813
  • Paros Marble Lycian Sarcophagus from the end of the 5th Cent. B.C  from the Royal Necropolis of Sidon (lebanon), Chamber no IV. Istanbul Archaeological Museum Inv. No 369T Cat. Mendel 63.
  • Sidamara Sarcophagus, a 2nd century marble Roman sarcophagus from Ambararasi (Konya) Turkey. Istanbul Archaeology Museum, Inv 1179T Cat. Mendel 112.
  • Sidamara Sarcophagus, a 2nd century marble Roman sarcophagus from Turkey. Istanbul Archaeology Museum.
  • Alexander The Great ( Alexander III of Macedon) 4th Cent BC. Sarcophagus calved from Pentelic Marble from the Royal Necropolis of Sidon, Chamber no.III, Lebanon. Istanbul Archaeological Museum Inv. 370T Cat. Mendel 68
  • Sarcophagus of The Mourning Women, 4th cent. B.C Greek from the Royal Necropolis of Sidon , Chamber no I, Lebanon, Istanbul Archaeological Museum Inv. 386T  Cat. Mendel 10.
  • Kouros Statues of the Archaic Period. Early 6th c. B.C. (circa 580 B.C.)  Known as Kleovis and Biton, the two boys who heroically pulled their mother on her chariot to the sanctuary where she was to worship. They pulled the chariot for a distance of about 8km. They died the same night peacefully in their sleep according to Herodotus. Delphi Archaeological Museum.
  • "Charioteer of Delphi" 470 BC. The "Charioteer of Delphi" is one of the best known ancient Greek statues, and one of the best preserved examples of classical bronze casts. It is considered a fine example of the "Severe" style. Delphi Archaeological Museum.
  • Large Sphinx of Naxos sitting on an Ionic column circa 560 B.C. Delphi Archaeological Museum.
  • Large Sphinx of Naxos sitting on an Ionic column circa 560 B.C. Delphi Archaeological Museum.
  • Large Sphinx of Naxos sitting on an Ionic column circa 560 B.C. Delphi Archaeological Museum.
  • Greek Classical Period Bronze Statue of Zeus or Poseidon found in the sea of Cape Artemision of the north Eastern Euboea Island, Greece.  The God is shown in a great stride about to throw either a trident of a thunderbolt that is now missing from his right hand. The statue is one of the only preserved statues of the preserved style with exquisite rendering of motion & anatomy. The identity of the statue is controversial and is probably more likely to be Zeus rather than Poseidon. 460 BC Ref No X15161 Athens Archaeological Museum
  • Fresh whole coffee beans in a cofee cup against a white background
  • 323-300B.C Etruscan Hellenistisc style column Krater with red figure of a young man against a black background, made in Volterra (Pisa), National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • Erotic 5th cnetury BC attica style anfora of two men, black against an potrange background, Caolina Murat Collection inv no 27670, Secret Museum or Secret Cabinet, Naples National Archaeological Museum , black background
  • Etruscan bucchero jug with a face,  National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • 323-300B.C Etruscan Hellenistisc style column Krater with red figure of a young man against a black background, made in Volterra (Pisa), National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , white background
  • 323-300B.C Etruscan Hellenistisc style column Krater with red figure of a young man against a black background, made in Volterra (Pisa), National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , grey art background
  • A 4th century B.C Etruscan Askoi, olive oil or wine jar, in the shape of a duck, terracotta illustrated with black paint, inv 4233, National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • Early 3rd century B.C Etruscan wine Krater, black and overpainted with a leaf design, inv 4382, National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • Early 3rd century B.C oenochoe, wine jug, with a trilobata spout, black and overpainted , inv 4380,   National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy, black background
  • Roman oil lamp black-painted with winged phallus, inv no 27867, Secret Museum or Secret Cabinet, Naples National Archaeological Museum , black background
  • The Christian memorial funerary mosaic for Natalica the inscription reading: ‘(our) beloved daughter Natalica lived 10 years 8 months 21 days, rested the 8th Ides of October (23rd) ’.<br />
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The panel is decorated with a crescent laurel leaves against a black background and a cross encircling the head of a depiction of Natalica. She is wearing earnings and is dressed in a dalmatic, a long wide-sleeved tunic, which is decorated with black clavi, stripes, and embroidered sleeves. A belt and buckle with cabochons, shaped and polished gem stones, hold the tunic tight at the waste.  Either side of t Natalica are two lit candles, the symbols of eternity.<br />
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5th century Eastern Byzantine Roman mosaic from the funerary enclosure which is in the Northwest enclosure of the Acholla site, Tunisia. Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia. Black background
  • 9th century BC Giants of Mont'e Prama  Nuragic stone statue of a boxer, Mont'e Prama archaeological site, Cabras. 2014 excavation. Civico Museo Archeologico Giovanni Marongiu - Cabras, Sardinia. Black background
  • 9th century BC Giants of Mont'e Prama  Nuragic stone statue of a boxer, Mont'e Prama archaeological site, Cabras. 2014 excavation. Civico Museo Archeologico Giovanni Marongiu - Cabras, Sardinia. Black background
  • 9th century BC Giants of Mont'e Prama  Nuragic stone statue of a boxer, Mont'e Prama archaeological site, Cabras. 2014 excavation. Civico Museo Archeologico Giovanni Marongiu - Cabras, Sardinia. Black background
  • 9th century BC Giants of Mont'e Prama  Nuragic stone statue of a boxer, Mont'e Prama archaeological site, Cabras. 2014 excavation. Civico Museo Archeologico Giovanni Marongiu - Cabras, Sardinia. Black background
  • 9th century BC Giants of Mont'e Prama  Nuragic stone statue of a boxer, Mont'e Prama archaeological site, Cabras. 2014 excavation. Civico Museo Archeologico Giovanni Marongiu - Cabras, Sardinia. Black background
  • 9th century BC Giants of Mont'e Prama  Nuragic stone statue of a boxer, Mont'e Prama archaeological site, Cabras. 2014 excavation. Civico Museo Archeologico Giovanni Marongiu - Cabras, Sardinia. Black background
  • 9th century BC Giants of Mont'e Prama  Nuragic stone statue of a boxer, Mont'e Prama archaeological site, Cabras. 2014 excavation. Civico Museo Archeologico Giovanni Marongiu - Cabras, Sardinia. Black background
  • Close up of head of 9th century BC Giants of Mont'e Prama  Nuragic stone statue of a boxer, Mont'e Prama archaeological site, Cabras. 2014 excavation. Civico Museo Archeologico Giovanni Marongiu - Cabras, Sardinia. Black background
  • 9th century BC Giants of Mont'e Prama  Nuragic stone statue of a boxer, Mont'e Prama archaeological site, Cabras. 2014 excavation. Civico Museo Archeologico Giovanni Marongiu - Cabras, Sardinia. Black background
  • 9th century BC Giants of Mont'e Prama  Nuragic stone statue of a boxer, Mont'e Prama archaeological site, Cabras. 2014 excavation. Civico Museo Archeologico Giovanni Marongiu - Cabras, Sardinia. Black background
  • 9th century BC Giants of Mont'e Prama  Nuragic stone statue of a boxer, Mont'e Prama archaeological site, Cabras. 2014 excavation. Civico Museo Archeologico Giovanni Marongiu - Cabras, Sardinia. Black background
  • 9th century BC Giants of Mont'e Prama  Nuragic stone statue of a boxer, Mont'e Prama archaeological site, Cabras. 2014 excavation. Civico Museo Archeologico Giovanni Marongiu - Cabras, Sardinia. Black background
  • 9th century BC Giants of Mont'e Prama  Nuragic model of a cetral tower of a Nuraghe with 4 towers around its base, Mont'e Prama archaeological site, Cabras. 2014 excavation. Civico Museo Archeologico Giovanni Marongiu - Cabras, Sardinia. Black background
  • Painted colour verion of 2nd century AD Roman marble sculpture of Aphrodite (Venus), ‘Dresden Capitoline Type, copied from a Hellanistic Greek original,  inv 6238, Museum of Archaeology, Italy, black background
  • Painted colour verion of 2nd century AD Roman marble sculpture of Aphrodite (Venus), ‘Dresden Capitoline Type, copied from a Hellanistic Greek original,  inv 6238, Museum of Archaeology, Italy, black background
  • Painted colour verion of 2nd century AD Roman marble sculpture of Aphrodite (Venus), ‘Dresden Capitoline Type, copied from a Hellanistic Greek original,  inv 6238, Museum of Archaeology, Italy, black background
  • Painted colour verion of 2nd century AD Roman marble sculpture of Aphrodite (Venus), ‘Dresden Capitoline Type, copied from a Hellanistic Greek original,  inv 6238, Naples Museum of Archaeology, Italy, black background
  • Painted colour verion of 2nd century AD Roman marble sculpture of Aphrodite (Venus), ‘Dresden Capitoline Type, copied from a Hellanistic Greek original,  inv 6238, Museum of Archaeology, Italy, black background
  • Fresh picked edible yellow or golden oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus citrinopileatus) against a black background
  • Fresh picked edible yellow or golden oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus citrinopileatus)against a black background
  • Fresh picked edible yellow or golden oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus citrinopileatus)against a black background
  • Etruscan Terracotta sarcophagus lid with a female figure reclining, first half of 2nd century BC, inv 15428, The Vatican Museums Rome, Black Background. For use in non editorial advertising apply to the Vatican Museums for a license.
  • Etruscan funerary monument  known as  Adonis Dying, late 3rd century BC, made of terracotta and discovered near Tuscania, inv 14147, The Vatican Museums, Rome. Black Background. For use in non editorial advertising apply to the Vatican Museums for a license.
  • Etruscan funerary monument  known as  Adonis Dying, late 3rd century BC, made of terracotta and discovered near Tuscania, inv 14147, The Vatican Museums, Rome. Black Background. For use in non editorial advertising apply to the Vatican Museums for a license.
  • 6th century BC Etruscan Sarcophagus known as The Sarcophagus of the Spouses, the in sculpted in clay by the sculptors of Caere, 520-510 BC, Louvre Museum, Paris.  Black background. To license for Advertising usage contact The Louvre Paris
  • Close up of 6th century BC Etruscan Sarcophagus known as The Sarcophagus of the Spouses, the in sculpted in clay by the sculptors of Caere, 520-510 BC, Louvre Museum, Paris. Black background. To license for non editorial Advertising usage contact The Louvre Paris
  • 560-550 B.C Etruscan attica style amfora painted in the style of Lydos, inv 70995,   National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • 2nd Century B.C terractta sarcophagus lid from Tuscania with traces of colour paint, inv 75280,  National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • Etruscan Hellenistic style cinerary, funreary, urn  cover,  National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • Etruscan Hellenistic style cinerary, funreary, urn  cover with a depiction of a women,  National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy, black background
  • Etruscan sculpted Hellenistic style cinerary, funreary, urn cover with a women ,  National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • Close up of an Etruscan Hellenistic style cinerary, funreary, urn cover with a man,  National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • Etruscan Hellenistic style cinerary, funreary, urn cover with a man,  National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • A late 4th early 3rd century B.C Etruscan Kernos, or a ceramic ring eith cups or vases, which may have been used in religious rituals, made in Teano, inv 83957, National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • Close up of an end of 7th to start of 6th century B.C Etruscan lid in the shape of a head of a Canopo style vase, used to hold funereal ashes from Chiusi, inv 94610, National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • Ornamental Etruscan fans excavated from the Tomb of the Fans in Flabelli (Tomba dei Flabelli), late 7th - early 6th century B.C,   National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy, black background
  • Ornamental Etruscan fans excavated from the Tomb of the Fans in Flabelli (Tomba dei Flabelli), late 7th - early 6th century B.C,   National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy, black background
  • 250 - 150 B.C Etruscan phiale or patera, or wine drinking bowl, produced in Calena,   National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy, black background
  • 250 - 150 B.C Etruscan phiale or patera, or wine drinking bowl, produced in Calena, inv 4566,  National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • Etruscan embossed silver phiale or patera, or wine drinking bowl, end of 4th century B.C. inv 132265,  National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • Etruscan cinerary, funreary, urn cover depicting a husband and wife,  from the Padata Necropolis, Chianciano, end of 5th century B.C., inv 94352 National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • Etruscan bronce statue of the mythical Chimera known as the  "Chimera of Arezzo" from the St Lorentino Gate of Arezzo, made end of 5th - early 4th century B.C, inv no 1,  National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • Side view of the Etruscan bronce statue of the mythical Chimera known as the  "Chimera of Arezzo" from the St Lorentino Gate of Arezzo, made end of 5th - early 4th century B.C, inv no 1,  National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • 6th century B.C clay head made in Chiusi, inv 94619, National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • End of 7th to start of 6th century B.C Etruscan Canopo style vase used to hold funereal ashes from Chiusi, inv 94610, National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • An Etruscan Dinos ( style of vase) with a face, from the Group of Dinoi Campana Ribbon Painter,  540-520 B.C. inv 3784, National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • 580 - 560 B.C olpai style jug made by the Etrusco-Corinthian Group of Palmette Fenicie, inv 71019,   National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • 560-550 B.C Etruscan attica style amfora painted in the style of Lydos, inv 70995,   National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • 3rd - 2nd century B.C Etruscan architectural voitive plaques of women, inv 4770, National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • 3rd - 2nd century B.C Etruscan architectural voitive plaques of women, National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • End of 7th to start of 6th century B.C Etruscan Canopo style vase used to hold funereal ashes from Chiusi, inv 94611, National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • End of 7th to start of 6th century B.C Etruscan Canopo style vase used to hold funereal ashes from Chiusi, inv 94611, National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • First half of the 6th century B.C Etruscan clay head of a young man made in Chiusi, inv 94612, National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • 560 - 540 B.C Etrusccan Tyrrhenian( Tirrenica) Amfora painted by Prometheus (Prometeo) made on Pescia Romana (Viterbo), inv 70993,   National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • 323-300B.C Etruscan Hellenistisc style column Krater with red figure of a young man against a black background, made in Volterra (Pisa), National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy, against grey
  • 323-300B.C Etruscan Hellenistisc style column Krater with red figure of a young man against a black background, made in Volterra (Pisa), National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy
  • Etruscan cinerary, funreary, biconical (two cones joined together) urn from Tarquinia, 9th - 8th century B.C. inv 83505   National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • 150-27 B.C Etruscan Hellenistic style cinerary urn,  National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • Etruscan Hellenistic style cinerary, funreary, urn ,  National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • Etruscan Hellenistic style cinerary, funreary, urn ,  National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • Etruscan Hellenistic style cinerary, funreary, urn , with a chariot, inv 5704,  National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • Etruscan Hellenistic style cinerary, funreary, urn , inv no 5774,  National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • Three quarters view of the 6th century BC Etruscan Bull headed bucherro style oinochoe, or wine jug,  made in Chuisi and excavated from the necropolis de Fonte Rotella, inv 3190, National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • 6th century Etruscan bucchero style skyphos jug made in Chiusina, inv 2831, National Archaeological Museum Florence, Italy , black background
  • Bronze head of possibly Trebonianus Gallus, 251-253 A.D., inv 15032, Vatican Museum Rome, Italy, black background
  • Upper part of a monumental Roman statue of an unknown person possibly a Roman magistrate of Imperial Rome , circa 40BC, inv 15055 Vatican Museum Rome, Italy, black background
  • Roman sarcophagus depicting a battle between Achilles and Pentesilea and Amazons, the faces of the deceased have been sculpted over the Greek heroes, circa 230-250 AD, inv 933, Vatican Museum Rome, Italy,  black background
  • The celebrated Greek statue known as 'The Belvedere Torso', possibly of Greek hero Ajax, signed by Athenian neo-Attic sculptor Apollonios, ist century BC, inv 1192, Pope Clement collection, Vatican Museum Rome, Italy,  black background
  • Second century AD Roman statue of Urania holding, the muse of atronomy holding  a globe, the statue was restored from two separte staues of the period, inv 293, Vatican Museum Rome, Italy,  black background
  • Roman stuate from the time of Hadrian of the muse Tersichore, inv 308, Vatican Museum Rome, Italy,  black background
  • 2nd century AD Roman statue of the muse of comedy, Thalia, with a tympanum and a comic mask. A Roman copy of a 4th century BCHellenistic statue, inv 295, Vatican Museum Rome, Italy,  black background
  • 1st century AD Roman statue of Silenus pouring wine from a jug. The head is from the Flavian period and the body 1st century. A copy of an earlier Hwellenistic sculpture by the school of Lysippus, inv 323, Vatican Museum Rome, Italy,  black background
  • Roman statue of a Boy strangling a goose, a Roman copy of a late 3rd century Hellenistic bronze statue attributed to Boethos. Excavated from the Villa dei Quintilli on the Appian Way, inv 2655, Vatican Museum Rome, Italy,  black background
  • Roman staue of Lucius Verus with the idealised body of Diomedes, AD 160-170, inv 6095, Naples National Archaeological Museum, black background
  • Roman Bronze sculpture of Silenus from atrium of the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum, Museum of Archaeology, Italy, black background
  • Roman bronze staue of Augustus Ceasar as Pontifex Maximus, late first century B.C, Naples National Archaeological Museum, black background
  • 2nd - 1st century BC Roman marble sculpture of Aphrodite (Venus), ‘Marine Venus' Type with a dolphin, copied from a Hellanistic Greek original,  inv 6296, Museum of Archaeology, Italy, black background
  • 2nd century AD Roman marble sculpture of Aphrodite (Venus), ‘Dresden Capitoline' Type, copied from a Hellanistic Greek original,  inv 6296, Museum of Archaeology, Italy, black background
  • 2nd century AD Roman marble sculpture of Aphrodite (Venus), ‘Dresden Capitoline' Type, copied from a Hellanistic Greek original,  inv 6296, Museum of Archaeology, Italy, black background
  • 2nd century AD Roman marble sculpture of Aphrodite (Venus), ‘Dresden Capitoline Type, copied from a Hellanistic Greek original,  inv 6238, Museum of Archaeology, Italy, black background
  • 2nd century AD Roman marble sculpture of Aphrodite (Venus), ‘Dresden Capitoline Type, copied from a Hellanistic Greek original,  inv 6238, Museum of Archaeology, Italy, black background
  • 2nd century AD Roman marble sculpture of Aphrodite (Venus), ‘Dresden Capitoline Type, copied from a Hellanistic Greek original,  inv 6238, Museum of Archaeology, Italy, black background
  • 2nd century AD Roman marble sculpture of Aphrodite (Venus), ‘Dresden Capitoline Type, copied from a Hellanistic Greek original,  inv 6238, Museum of Archaeology, Italy, black background
  • Roman statue of goddes Athena from the tablinum of the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum, Museum of Archaeology, Italy, black background
  • Roman colossal seated staue of Augustus Caesar, white marble, late first century B.C, inv 6040, Naples National Archaeological Museum, black background
  • Roman Bronze sculpture bust known as 'Sylla" from the tablinum of the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum, Museum of Archaeology, Italy, black background
  • End of 2nd century beginning of 3rd century AD Roman marble sculpture of Hercules at rest copied from the second half of the 4th century BC Hellanistic Greek original,  inv 6001, Farnese Collection, Museum of Archaeology, Italy, black background
  • End of 2nd century beginning of 3rd century AD Roman marble sculpture of Hercules at rest copied from the second half of the 4th century BC Hellanistic Greek original,  inv 6001, Farnese Collection, Museum of Archaeology, Italy, black background
  • End of 2nd century beginning of 3rd century AD Roman marble sculpture of Hercules at rest copied from the second half of the 4th century BC Hellanistic Greek original,  inv 6001, Farnese Collection, Museum of Archaeology, Italy, black background
  • Roman Mosaic of Satyr and Ninfa from the Casa del Fauno (House of the Faun) Pompeii, inv 27707 , Naples National Archaeological Museum , black background
  • Roman Mosaic with the head of Medusa, from Casa delle Vestali, Pompeii , Naples National Archaeological Museum , black background
  • Detail of the Roman fresco wall painting of a young man resting from the  triclinium,  a formal dining room, of the Villa Arianna (Adriana), Stabiae (Stabia) near Pompeii , inv 9093, Naples National Archaeological Museum, black background
  • Roman fresco wall painting of a women thinking from the Villa Arianna (Adriana), Stabiae (Stabia) near Pompeii , inv 9097, Naples National Archaeological Museum , black background
  • Roman Nero Period fresco wall painting of Perseus and Andromeda, from a house in the Insula Occidentalis at Pompeii , inv 9058 , Naples National Archaeological Museum , black background
  • Roman erotic stone phallus  found in Pompeii,  Secret Museum or Secret Cabinet, Naples Archaeological Museum , black background
  • Erotic bronze oil lamp configured as a dancing midget, found in Pompeii,  Secret Museum or Secret Cabinet, Naples Archaeological Museum , black background
  • Erotic Roman Mosaic of Pigmies in boats fornicating on the River Nile from Rome, inv 122861,  Secret Museum or Secret Cabinet, Naples National Archaeological Museum , black background
  • Roman Sculpture of a Nymph pusing a Satyr away, 1st century AD, Herculaneum, Secret Museum or Secret Cabinet,  Naples National Archaeological Museum , black background
  • Greek Attica pottery plate with erotic depiction of a man and women, 5th century BC, Secret Museum or Secret Cabinet, Naples National Archaeological Museum , black background
  • The Christian memorial funerary mosaic for Natalica the inscription reading: ‘(our) beloved daughter Natalica lived 10 years 8 months 21 days, rested the 8th Ides of October (23rd) ’.<br />
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The panel is decorated with a crescent laurel leaves against a black background and a cross encircling the head of a depiction of Natalica. She is wearing earnings and is dressed in a dalmatic, a long wide-sleeved tunic, which is decorated with black clavi, stripes, and embroidered sleeves. A belt and buckle with cabochons, shaped and polished gem stones, hold the tunic tight at the waste.  Either side of t Natalica are two lit candles, the symbols of eternity.<br />
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5th century Eastern Byzantine Roman mosaic from the funerary enclosure which is in the Northwest enclosure of the Acholla site, Tunisia. Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia. White background
  • The Christian memorial funerary mosaic for Natalica the inscription reading: ‘(our) beloved daughter Natalica lived 10 years 8 months 21 days, rested the 8th Ides of October (23rd) ’.<br />
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The panel is decorated with a crescent laurel leaves against a black background and a cross encircling the head of a depiction of Natalica. She is wearing earnings and is dressed in a dalmatic, a long wide-sleeved tunic, which is decorated with black clavi, stripes, and embroidered sleeves. A belt and buckle with cabochons, shaped and polished gem stones, hold the tunic tight at the waste.  Either side of t Natalica are two lit candles, the symbols of eternity.<br />
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5th century Eastern Byzantine Roman mosaic from the funerary enclosure which is in the Northwest enclosure of the Acholla site, Tunisia. Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia. Grey background
  • Black obsidian blades. Catalhoyuk Collections. Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, Ankara. Against a black background
  • 3rd century Roman mosaic panel of black and white grapes. From Thysdrus (El Jem), Tunisia.  The Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia. Black background
  • Black obsidian blades. Catalhoyuk Collections. Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, Ankara. Against a black background
  • Black obsidian arrow heads. Catalhoyuk Collections. Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, Ankara. Against a black background
  • Roman Black and White Geometric mosaic decorations  from  a Villa of Rome. Museo Nazionale Romano ( National Roman Museum), Rome, Italy. Against a black background.
  • Minoan fresco panel from the 'Lily Frescoes' from the 'Villa of the Lilies' Amnisos, 1600-1500 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Black Background. <br />
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Ths freco depicts white lilies against a red background and red lilies against w white backgoround with long stems in front of a fence. The wall art uses fresco and 'in cavo' technique. Neopalatial Period.
  • 6th century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian mosaic of the mosaic of the Most Holy Sepulchre and the memorial of Golgotha in Jerusalem .<br />
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In the foreground is the dome of Golgotha, erected at the site of the crucifixion ofJesus Christ, from where  the four rivers of Paradise flow: the Geon = Gihon, the Fison = Pishon, the Tigris and Euphrates, symbolically referring to the Word (the four gospels). Sheep, representing the faithfuls, are drinking from the rivers. In the background are depictions of the the Holy Sepulchre with its door ajar, and two other buildings, symbolising Bethlehem and Jerusalem. <br />
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From the threshold of the martyrdom erected in honour of Jesus Christ at the church of Iunca - Younga (in present the day region of Mahres in Tunisia). The Bardo National Museum, Tunis, Tunisia.  Against a black background.
  • Roman fresco wall decorations of  Vestibule of a Rome Villa, Rome. Museo Nazionale Romano ( National Roman Museum), Rome, Italy. Against a black background.<br />
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A large fresco covered the curving wall of the vestibule E 5 was positioned at the entrance of the house onto the street. Vitruvius claims that the vestibulum was a room which was not needed by common people, but which was essential in a house worthy of respect, because it served to welcome guests and the people who came to be received by the owners of the house. The frescoed decoration of this wall, which was entirely detached, shows a division into panels, architectural perspectives and pavilions among which are figures and decorative elements, above a band of skirting. Numerous panels have been detached from the corridor E 3 E 11 which connected all the areas of the house, but it has not been possible to reconstruct the sequence of the walls. Inside the frames, against a white background, different decorative elements are arranged, along with hanging female and male figures, hippogriffs and other fantastical animals, vases, garlands and vegetation.
  • 5th century Roman mosaic panel of the ceremonial dressing of a lady. The lady was of the landed gentry from inland Carthage. She is sitting on a high backed armchair and is surrounded by two ornatrix, maids, whoa re helping her to apply make up and style her hair. Items related to bathing and grooming are depicted on the background of the mosaic. The maid hold a mirror for the lady in which we see her reflection The scene is an allegory of the myth of ‘Venus at her toilet’.<br />
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From the floor of the changing room of the private baths of the Sidi Ghraib villa, Borj El Amre region, Tunisia. The Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia. Black background
  • Minoan fresco panel from the 'Lily Frescoes' from the 'Villa of the Lilies' Amnisos, 1600-1500 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Black Background. <br />
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Ths freco depicts white lilies against a red background and red lilies against w white backgoround with long stems in front of a fence. The wall art uses fresco and 'in cavo' technique. Neopalatial Period.
  • Mycenaean gold death mask, Mask of Agamemnon, Grave Cicle A, Mycenae, Greece.National Archaeological Museum of Athens.  Black Background<br />
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The mask from Grave V depicts an imposing face of a bearded man descovered by  Heinrich Schliemann who believed it was the body of Agamemnon, this is unproven to date.  The Mycenaean death mask belonged to a warrior and made of gold leaf it cocered the dead mans face held on by cord threaded tgrough the two sides of the mask.  The mask of Agamemnon was created from a single thick gold sheet, heated and hammered against a wooden background with the details chased on later with a sharp tool. The artifact dates from the 16th century BC.
  • Mycenaean gold death mask, Mask of Agamemnon, Grave Cicle A, Mycenae, Greece.National Archaeological Museum of Athens.  Black Background<br />
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The mask from Grave V depicts an imposing face of a bearded man descovered by  Heinrich Schliemann who believed it was the body of Agamemnon, this is unproven to date.  The Mycenaean death mask belonged to a warrior and made of gold leaf it cocered the dead mans face held on by cord threaded tgrough the two sides of the mask.  The mask of Agamemnon was created from a single thick gold sheet, heated and hammered against a wooden background with the details chased on later with a sharp tool. The artifact dates from the 16th century BC.
  • Roman Sebasteion relief  sculpture of Aineas’ arrival in Italy Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey.   Against a black background.<br />
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Poseidon stands naked over a sea going ship stopped at a short column. SA dolphin jumps between his legs. Aineas, his head veiled in the Roman manner, pours a libation, a thanks offering for his safe arrival in Italy. Behing Poseidon’s shoulders, a separately worked young male head was inserted into the background, maybe a deceased companion of Aineas.
  • Roman fresco wall decorations of  Room E10 0f La Domus, Rome. Museo Nazionale Romano, 130-140AD ( National Roman Museum), Rome, Italy. Against a black background.<br />
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 The white-ground central panel had a figured decoration, already obliterated by repairs carried out in antiquity. In the squares to the sides of the upper area, swathes of white fabric bordered by green leaves and berries are depicted against a purplish red background. The side walls are decorated in a similar symmetrical way; in the squares there are various decorative elements, a stag in flight with a quiver nearby (perhaps an allusion to the myth of Actaeon who was transformed into a stag by Artemis, or, more simply, to hunting), a small head (gorgoneion) contained between volutes.
  • Roman fresco wall decorations of  Room E10 0f La Domus, Rome. Museo Nazionale Romano, 130-140AD ( National Roman Museum), Rome, Italy. Against a black background.<br />
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 The white-ground central panel had a figured decoration, already obliterated by repairs carried out in antiquity. In the squares to the sides of the upper area, swathes of white fabric bordered by green leaves and berries are depicted against a purplish red background. The side walls are decorated in a similar symmetrical way; in the squares there are various decorative elements, a stag in flight with a quiver nearby (perhaps an allusion to the myth of Actaeon who was transformed into a stag by Artemis, or, more simply, to hunting), a small head (gorgoneion) contained between volutes.
  • Inandik Hittite relief decorated cult libation vase with four decorative friezes featuring figures coloured in cream, red and black. The processional figures include musicians and acrobats processing to an altar, mid to late 16th century BC - İnandıktepe, Turkey. Against a black background
  • Close up of the Inandik Hittite relief decorated cult libation vase decorated with a women and man relief figures coloured in cream, red and black playing instruments, in the register below is a cult altar, mid to late 16th century BC - İnandıktepe, Turkey. Against a black background
  • Close up of the Inandik Hittite relief decorated cult libation vase decorated with relif figures coloured in cream, red and black. The processional figures include musicians and acrobats, mid to late 16th century BC - İnandıktepe, Turkey. Against a black background
  • Inandik Hittite relief decorated cult libation vase with four decorative friezes featuring figures coloured in cream, red and black. In the top register is a couple having sex along with musicians and acrobats processing to an altar that can be seen in the second register, mid to late 16th century BC - İnandıktepe, Turkey. Against a black background
  • Inandik Hittite relief decorated cult libation vase with four decorative friezes featuring figures coloured in cream, red and black. The processional figures include musicians and acrobats processing to an altar, mid to late 16th century BC - İnandıktepe, Turkey. Against a black background
  • Inandik Hittite relief decorated cult libation vase with four decorative friezes featuring figures coloured in cream, red and black. The processional figures include musicians and acrobats processing to an altar, mid to late 16th century BC - İnandıktepe, Turkey. Against a black background
  • Inandik Hittite relief decorated cult libation vase with four decorative friezes featuring figures coloured in cream, red and black. In the top register is a couple having sex along with musicians and acrobats processing to an altar that can be seen in the second register, mid to late 16th century BC - İnandıktepe, Turkey. Against a black background
  • Inandik Hittite relief decorated cult libation vase with four decorative friezes featuring figures coloured in cream, red and black. The processional figures include musicians and acrobats processing to an altar, mid to late 16th century BC - İnandıktepe, Turkey. Against a black background
  • Inandik Hittite relief decorated cult libation vase with four decorative friezes featuring figures coloured in cream, red and black. The processional figures include musicians and acrobats processing to an altar, mid to late 16th century BC - İnandıktepe, Turkey. Against a black background
  • Wall fresco of geometric red and black triangles which appears to be a rug pattern copy. 6000 BC. . Catalhoyuk Collections. Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, Ankara. Against a black background
  • The Minoan 'Cup Bearer' from the 'Procession Fresco', wall art from the South Prpylaeum, Knossos Palace, 1500-1400 BC . Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Black Background. <br />
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The 'Cup Bearer' depicts a youth with long black hair, a naked torso and a richly decorated kilt carrying a large silver rhuyhon ceremonial vessel. This large Minoan fresco of many figure in procession would have decorated the corridor between the West Porch and the South Propylaeum of Knossos Palace. Both sides of the corridor were painted with hundreds of male and femal;e figures carrying precious utensils and vessels, probably depicting gift bearers to the ruler of the Palace. The composition is much like those found in the Palaces and tombs of Egypt and the near east at the time. Neopalatial final period.
  • Inandik Hittite relief decorated cult libation vase with four decorative friezes featuring figures coloured in cream, red and black. The processional figures include musicians and acrobats processing to an altar, mid to late 16th century BC - İnandıktepe, Turkey. Against a black background
  • Close up of the Inandik Hittite relief decorated cult libation vase decorated with women relief figures coloured in cream, red and black playing instruments, mid to late 16th century BC - İnandıktepe, Turkey. Against a black background
  • Inandik Hittite relief decorated cult libation vase with four decorative friezes featuring figures coloured in cream, red and black. The top two registers show  processional figures include musicians and acrobats processing round the vase, the third register from the top shows an altar -  mid to late 16th century BC - İnandıktepe, Turkey. Against a black background
  • Gothic altarpiece dedicated to St Vincent by Bernat Martorell circa 1483-1440 in Barcelona, tempera and gold lef on wood from the Parish church of St Vincent of menarguens, Noguera, Spain. At the top of the central panels of the altar tryptic, replacing the traditional Calvery scene, can be seen in the centre the Virgin of Mercy and kneeling to the left is Sant Benet de Bages, in black, and to the right St. Bernard of Clairvaux, patron saint of thr Benedictine and Cistercian orders . Below this is a depiction of St Vincent and either side are scenes of the Mardom of Vincent. Along the bottom are scenes from the Passion of Christ, with Judas in a yellow tunic kissing Christ and a furious Peter cutting off the ear of Malcus. National Museum of Catalan Art (MNAC), Barcelona, Spain, inv 15797. Against a black background.
  • Erotic attica style krater with red figures made in Saticula; present day Sant'Agata de' Goti produczione capuana; attributed to Painter Parrish around 350 B.C, inv 81926,  Secret Museum or Secret Cabinet, Naples National Archaeological Museum , black background
  • The Christian memorial funerary mosaic for Natalica the inscription reading: ‘(our) beloved daughter Natalica lived 10 years 8 months 21 days, rested the 8th Ides of October (23rd) ’.<br />
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The panel is decorated with a crescent laurel leaves against a black background and a cross encircling the head of a depiction of Natalica. She is wearing earnings and is dressed in a dalmatic, a long wide-sleeved tunic, which is decorated with black clavi, stripes, and embroidered sleeves. A belt and buckle with cabochons, shaped and polished gem stones, hold the tunic tight at the waste.  Either side of t Natalica are two lit candles, the symbols of eternity.<br />
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5th century Eastern Byzantine Roman mosaic from the funerary enclosure which is in the Northwest enclosure of the Acholla site, Tunisia. Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia
  • Minoan wall art fresco depicting a female figure, Neopalatial Period, C.1450 BC. Pseira, Crete. Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Black Background.
  • Minoan 'Blue Monkey' wall art fresco from the 'House of Frescoes' Knossos Palace, 1600-1500 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Black Background.
  • The Minoan ' Camp Stool' wall art fresco from the West vwing of Knossos Palace, 1450-1300 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Black Background. <br />
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This Minoan fresco probably depicted a typical banquet at Knossos Palace held in the Upper Hall of the West Wing. Figures seated on 'camp stools' are raising cups and kylikes. A female figure with Mediterranean features wearing vivid make up named ' La Parisienne' by Arthur Evans, has a large 'sacred knot' bunched behind her head and maybe she was a priestess.
  • Minoan wall art freco depicting a procession leading a goat from Agia Triada (Hagia Triada) Crete. 1450-1300 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Black Background. <br />
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This minoan fresco found at the minoan settlement of Hagia Triada, depicts a sacrifical procession leading animals to be sacrificed.
  • Mycenaean female figurine with raised arms, psi type, from Mycenae tomb , Archaeological Museum Athens. Black Background<br />
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Stylised female figurines were common in the Mycenaean world and may have represented deities , divine nurses or worshipers. these Mycenaean female figurines were probably used as voitive offering and maybe as childrens toys.
  • Cycladic bronze dagger.  Early Cycladic II (2800-2300 BC) , Phylakopi, Melos. National Archaeological Museum Athens. Cat no 9337.  Black background.
  • Bridge spouted jug bird decorated. Early Cycladic I (1650-1550 BC); Phylakopi; Melos. National Archaeological Museum Athens. Cat No 5768. Black background.<br />
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During this Cycladic period the pottery designs were heavily influenced by Cretean minoan with pottery like this using bird patterns.
  • Cycladic terracotta 'frying pan' with incied boat and spiral decoration from Chalandriani, Syros. Early Cycladic period II 2800-2300 BC), National Archaeological Museum Athens, Cat No 4974. Black background.<br />
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Yje incised decorations depict a boat amongst spiral formed waves. The boats is of a Ctcladic design  found throughout the Aegean.<br />
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These so called 'frying pans' wre created by the Keros-Syros culture and are their useage is uncertain. The compex geometric patterns on their bases suggest that they may have had some symbolic meaning and were used in religious of magical rituals. They could also have served practical purposes being used as dishes, mirror mounts, astrolabes or metris measured for salt traders.
  • The 'Harpist of Keros' a seated parian marble female Cycladic figurine. Early Cycladic Period II (2800-2300 BC) from Keros, Cat no 3908. National Archaeological Museum, Athens. Black background.<br />
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This elaborate three dimesional Cyladic statue known as the 'Harpist of Keros' depicts a seated figure plaung a harp. Its execution required an experienced workshop that could file away the parian marble with gronze tools.
  • Mycenaean Fresco wall painting of a Mycanaean chariot, Later Palace,  Tiryns, Greece.  Athens Archaeological Museum. Black Background<br />
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14th  Cent BC. Cat No 5879. Mycanaean chariots were use for hunting as well as battle.
  • Mycenaean Gold diadem from Grave III, 'Grave of a Women', Grave Circle A, Myenae, Greece. National Archaeological Museum Athens. Black Background<br />
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An impressive Mycenaean gold diadem with repousse rosettes and thin sheets applied to the top. .Cat No 1. 16th century BC.<br />
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Shaft Grave III, the so-called 'Grave of the Women,' contained three female and two infant interments. The women were literally covered in gold jewelry and wore massive gold diadems, while the infants were overlaid with gold foil.
  • Mycenaean gold goblet with two handles ening with a dogs head biting the rim,  Acropolis Treasure of Mycenae, Greece, National Archaeological Museum of Athens.  Black Background<br />
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This goblet was found as part of a hoard looted in antiquity from Grave Circle A and buried outside the enclosure. 15th century BC
  • Mycenaean styrup jar from the House of the oil merchant, Mycenae Acropolis 14-13thj Cent BC. National Archaeological Museum Athens. Cat No 7626.  Black Background
  • Phrygian Gold bowl with deeply beated design from Gordion. Phrygian Collection, 8th-7th century BC - Museum of Anatolian Civilisations Ankara. Turkey. Against a black background
  • Prygian bronze decorated Omphalos Phiale drinking vessel. From Gordion. Phrygian Collection, 8th-7th century BC - Museum of Anatolian Civilisations Ankara. Turkey. Against a black background
  • Phrygian terra cotta large jug with handles, decorated with animals, from Gordion. Phrygian Collection, 6th century BC - Museum of Anatolian Civilisations Ankara. Turkey. Against a black background
  • Phrygian bronze fibula from Gordion. Phrygian Collection, 8th-7th century BC - Museum of Anatolian Civilisations Ankara. Turkey. Against a black background
  • Roman Sebasteion relief sculpture of Ethnos with belted peplos, Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey.   Against a black background.<br />
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The matronly figure wears a belted classical dress (peplos) and held her long cloak up behind. The square hole above her shoulder with a corresponding hole in the back, was for lifting the finished relief into the ancient building by crane.
  • Roman Sebasteion relief  sculpture of Roma armed, Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey.   Against a black background.<br />
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Roma is equipped with a spear, helmet, round shield and imperial style armour. Blow crouches a naked bearded prisoner, with hands tied behind his back and a skin knotted around his neck. He turns to look up at Roma
  • Close up of a Roman Sebasteion relief  sculpture of Ares, Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey.   Against a black background.<br />
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The nude and classically7 styled young god wears only a helmet and holds a spear (missing) in one hand and a shield in the other. At the left stands cuirass, and at the upper right corner hangs his sword. Ares was a god of war and was not later defaced by Christians probably because he so closely resembles a young emperor.
  • Roman Sebasteion relief  sculpture of Anchises and Aphrodite Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey.   Against a black background.<br />
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The Trojan shepherd Anchises gazes at the seated Aphrodite, his lover for one night on mount Ida. She hold a small Eros on her lap: this is an erotic encounter. The head of Selene (Moon) appears above the mountain rocks: she indicates night time. It was from this union that Aineas was born
  • Roman Sebasteion relief  sculpture of Royal Hero with hunting dogs,  Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey.   Against a black background.<br />
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A diademed youth stands with his horse and hunting dogs. At the left an oval shield (foreign) hangs from a leafless tree, against which leans a long thin club. The Royal hero in this and the relief to the left is probably a local founder such as Assyrian King Ninos, claimed as founder of their city by the Aphrodisians.
  • Roman Sebasteion relief  sculpture of Herakles or Hercules Drunk Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey.   Against a black background.<br />
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Herakles or Hercules staggers along drunk, supported by a small satyr from the entourage of Dionysus. He is wearing the head ribbon of a drinking party, where he has been in a drinking contest with Dionysus. The wine god has conquered even the mighty hero of the Twelve Labours.
  • Close up of a Roman Sebasteion relief  sculpture of Agon Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey.   Against a black background.<br />
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The scene is an allegory of the athletic contest (or agon). The pillar was a beareded head of Hermes the god of the Gymnasium. Nearby is a palm of victory and a prize table with victory ribbon on it. Two winged baby Eros figures are struggling over a palm branch ( mostly broken): they act out the idea of contest, which is personified in the youthful figure behind. He hold another palm of victory: he is Agon himself.
  • Roman Sebasteion relief sculpture of Achilles and a dying Amazon, Aphrodisias Museum, Aphrodisias, Turkey.   Against a black background.  <br />
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Achilles supports the dying Amazon queen Penthesilea whom he has mortally wounded. Her double headed axe slips from her hands. The queen had come to fight against the Greeks in the Trojan war and Achilles fell in love with her.
  • Picture of a Roman mosaics design depicting scenes from mythology, from the ancient Roman city of Thysdrus. End of 2nd century AD, House in Jiliani Guirat area. El Djem Archaeological Museum, El Djem, Tunisia. Against a black background<br />
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This Roman mosaic depicts Aurore enticing Cephane, Apollo enticing Cyrene and Apollo persuing Daphne
  • Picture of a Roman mosaics design depicting the Muses inside medallions, from the ancient Roman city of Thysdrus. 3rd century AD. El Djem Archaeological Museum, El Djem, Tunisia. Against a black background
  • Roman mosaics - Dionysus Portrait Mosaic. Okeanos Villa, Ancient Zeugama, 2nd - 3rd century AD . Zeugma Mosaic Museum, Gaziantep, Turkey.   Against a black background.
  • Roman statue of young Faustina. Marble. Perge. 2nd century AD. Inv no 3045 . Antalya Archaeology Museum; Turkey. Against a black background.

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