Archive for July, 2007

Roman copies of Greek art

July 5th, 2007

There are a number of Roman copies of lost Greek sculpture in the British Museum. Here are a couple of my favorites:

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The world’s first Pez dispenser features the head of Epikouros (founder of the Epicurian school) on a marble dispenser shaft.

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British Museum – Greeks

July 4th, 2007

The Greek collection at the British Museum is every bit as good as the others I’ve posted here. There are one or two Roman copies of lost Greek sculptures in the collection, but when the copies date from the 1st century AD you can’t complain too much. Click on the naked fighting people to see the gallery.

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British Museum – Assyrians

July 1st, 2007

The British Museum’s Assyrian wing strikes a perfect balance between age and condition. Most of the pieces date from the 9th century BC, and most are in spectacular shape. Lots of reliefs and statuary, generally more whimsical than the Greeks or Romans who came after. Click the doorway guardian below to enter the gallery.

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