Friday, April 9, 2010

A back plate

This is the backplate of a (presumably) distinguished warrior. The piece is dated to the 2nd half of the 7th century bc (i.e. 650-600 BC) and was probably made in Ionia or Corinth. It is unfortunately very difficult to see in this picture (it's almost as difficult in the original size) but the plate is incised with figures of humans and animals - it may depict Apollos introduction to mount Olympus.

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