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  • Hydria with chariot scene (body) and Dionysos among sileni and nymphs (shoulder). Greek H556 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    before 520 BC Died after 500 BC Hydria with chariot scene body and Dionysos among sileni and nymphs shoulder Greek 510 BC 500 BC Fired clay black figure technique 47 7 cm Inventory number H556 Enlarge photo The pitcher a so called hydria is decorated with two figurative scenes The panel on the belly of the vase portrays a dramatic chariot scene A quadriga containing a warrior and a charioteer is pursuing an enemy fleeing on foot The way in which the horses heads are reproduced shows that the chariot is turning The scene recalls the mighty battle scenes in Homer s Iliad which were popular motifs on Greek vases On the shoulder of the vase we see the god of wine Dionysos seated on a folding chair On either side of the god we are presented with a selection of his retinue of dancing sileni and nymphs The hydria derives from Athens It is decorated using the black figure technique Stylistically the vase can be attributed to the so called Leagros Group which is thought to have come from a single Attic workshop The group of vase painters who are especially known for their decoration of hydrias was active

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  • Kylix with a youth carrying pole with two baskets. Greek H605 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    490 BC Fired clay red figure technique 26 5 cm diameter Inventory number H605 Enlarge photo Download On the bottom of this drinking bowl a so called kylix we see a young man portrayed He is dressed in a cloak tucked up at the waist and is wearing a fur hat on his head and shoes on his feet He is using both hands to hold a yoke on which two wicker baskets are balanced His restless stance and the posture combine to underline the exercise in balance A stick lies at the young man s feet and an oil bottle and a scraper hang near his left shoulder The interpretation of the motif is uncertain For instance the young man has been seen both as a fisherman and as a representative of some sport The scene is accompanied by the inscription HO PAIS KALOS NAIXI The boy is fair indeed he is which is regularly seen on Greek vases and so brings us no nearer an interpretation of the motif The kylix derives from Athens and is decorated by means of the red figure technique The decoration can be attributed to the vase painter Onesimos who was active in

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/collections/work/H605 (2015-09-25)
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  • Chalice with animal frieze. Etruscan H692 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    including lions and deer The central motif is two sphinxes turning towards each other each on its own side of a tree Sphinxes were legendary creatures with a lion s body a man s head and wings This motif was inspired by the world of motifs of the Near East The style was widespread in Etruria in the seventh century which is therefore known as the Orientalizing period This type

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/collections/work/H692 (2015-09-25)
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  • Kyathos. Etruscan H695 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    on a low foot The rim is slightly oblique and is decorated with a zigzag pattern along the edge The handle consists of a tall loop on one side On the inner side there are engraved wavy lines and a satyr mask in relief This form of a single handled cup is known as a kyathos In ancient times it was used to ladle wine The cup is made in

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/collections/work/H695 (2015-09-25)
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  • Antikke gemmer - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    Thorvaldsen s sculptures Collection of paintings Thorvaldsen s drawings Drawings by other artists Graphic works by other artists Collection of medals Sculptures by other artists Ancient artefacts Ancient gems Ancient coins Cast Collection Thorvaldseniana Deposits The Thorvaldsen Collection at Nysø Sort by Artist Title Inv no or clear Antikke gemmer 1 40 of 1959 in total I1426 I340 I1571 I1649 I1583 I1346 I950 I1682 I1680 I1678 I1681 I890 I1218 I1216

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/collections/antikke_gemmer (2015-09-25)
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  • Herakles reposing on a raft. Etruscan scarab I16 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    s works worldwide The Thorvaldsen Collection at Nysø Google Art Project Luk Herakles reposing on a raft Etruscan scarab 5th century BC Cornelian gold modern gold ring 1 2 x 1 6 cm Inventory number I16 Enlarge photo This gem derives from an Etruscan signet ring The upper side is in the shape of a scarab while the underside bears the actual signet There the hero Hercules is seen lying on a float of four amphorae This motif is frequently encountered in Etruscan pictures but it is known in neither Greek jewellery nor vases The way in which he is presented may possibly contain a reference to a particular Etruscan notion of Hercules as a water god However the scene could also refer to Hercules journey west to the Pillars of Hercules the promontories near Gibraltar which in antiquity were thought to be the western edge of the world The workmanship and the club are an early example of the Etruscan a globolo style which was widespread in the 3rd century BC The gem has been mounted in a modern ring and has probably been used simply as a piece of jewellery as was common practice in Thorvaldsen s day

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/collections/work/I16 (2015-09-25)
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  • Abraxas. Egyptian-Roman amulet I1679 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    with an armour clad torso a cockerel s head and snakes as its legs In one hand he holds a whip and in the other a shield to symbolise power and wisdom This strange figure can be identified with the god Abraxas who is thought to be of Egyptian origin In the Gnostic mystery religion which was widespread in the Hellenist Roman period Abraxas was considered the supreme deity The

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/collections/work/I1679 (2015-09-25)
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  • Bacchante, dancing. Roman cameo I2033 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    onyx 2 8 x 2 3 cm Inventory number I2033 Enlarge photo Download The cameo shows a dancing woman presumably a bacchante These women formed part of the retinue of the god of wine Bacchus and participated in the god s wild cultic feasts known as Bacchanalia Cameos can be difficult to date exactly and dating is often based on stylistic criteria In this case the delicate draping of the

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/collections/work/I2033 (2015-09-25)
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