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)
It really is a gorgeous piece of art.
It’s 3.6cm wide!!!!
They probably a pill for that Papi.
What everyone said.
Damned aliens, messing with us again.
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.