One In The Eye For Art History

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An extraordinary artefact recently discovered among a cache of burial treasures at the 3,500 year old tomb of a Bronze Age warrior in southwest Greece: the Pylos Combat Agate – a carved sealstone less than 4cm wide featuring an astonishingly detailed depiction of two fighters clashing over the slain body of a third.

Professor Jack Davis of the University of Cincinnati (whose researchers originally unearthed the tomb) sez of it:

What is fascinating is that the representation of the human body is at a level of detail and musculature that one doesn’t find again until the classical period of Greek art 1,000 years later.

MORE: Unearthing A Masterpiece (UC magazine)

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10 thoughts on “One In The Eye For Art History

  1. Sheik Yahbouti

    How are we to know any of it is real, having looked at the photos offered? Nonetheless, I salute the artist wherever and WHENEVER he/she produced this fine work of great beauty.

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