ancientpeoples:

Gladiator figurine of bone or ivory
Roman Britain, 1st-2nd century ADFrom Lexden, Colchester
This figurine depicts a gladiator of the heavily-armedmurmillo class. Naked, but for a loin cloth and reinforced belt, he is armed with a large visored helmet, a short sword, a curved rectangular shield, metal greaves to protect his legs, and a heavy guard on his sword arm. Appropriately, a scene of gladiatorial combat is carved on the shield.
These gladiators were often matched with the retiariuswho carried only a net and trident. A pairing like this was intended to produce an entertaining contest between the lightly-armed, but highly manouevrable retiarius and the heavily-armed but less mobile secutor.
Source: British Museum

ancientpeoples:

Gladiator figurine of bone or ivory

Roman Britain, 1st-2nd century AD
From Lexden, Colchester

This figurine depicts a gladiator of the heavily-armedmurmillo class. Naked, but for a loin cloth and reinforced belt, he is armed with a large visored helmet, a short sword, a curved rectangular shield, metal greaves to protect his legs, and a heavy guard on his sword arm. Appropriately, a scene of gladiatorial combat is carved on the shield.

These gladiators were often matched with the retiariuswho carried only a net and trident. A pairing like this was intended to produce an entertaining contest between the lightly-armed, but highly manouevrable retiarius and the heavily-armed but less mobile secutor.

Source: British Museum

archaicwonder:

Greek Silver Stater from Karystos, Euboea c. 300-250 BC
The coin shows a cow standing right, her head turned back tenderly to her calf. On the reverse, proud cockrel standing right; KAΡΥΣΤΙΩΝ to left. A wonderful example of Greek reverence for the domestic animals they depended upon.
Karystos was an ancient city-state on the island of Euboea. In the Iliad, Homer says that it is controlled by the Abantes, an ancient Ionian tribe. Karystos is also mentioned in the Linear B tablets as “ka-ru-to.”

archaicwonder:

Greek Silver Stater from Karystos, Euboea c. 300-250 BC

The coin shows a cow standing right, her head turned back tenderly to her calf. On the reverse, proud cockrel standing right; KAΡΥΣΤΙΩΝ to left. A wonderful example of Greek reverence for the domestic animals they depended upon.

Karystos was an ancient city-state on the island of Euboea. In the Iliad, Homer says that it is controlled by the Abantes, an ancient Ionian tribe. Karystos is also mentioned in the Linear B tablets as “ka-ru-to.”

ancientpeoples:

Faience amulet of a frog
Hellenistic Period, maybe Egyptian 
3rd - 1st century BC. 
Source: Metropolitan Museum

ancientpeoples:

Faience amulet of a frog

Hellenistic Period, maybe Egyptian 

3rd - 1st century BC. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

ancientpeoples:

Limestone column capital of the god Bes
39.5cm high and 52cm wide (15 9/16 x 20 1/2 inch.) 
Egyptian, Ptolemaic Period, 332 - 30 BC. 
Source: Metropolitan Museum

ancientpeoples:

Limestone column capital of the god Bes

39.5cm high and 52cm wide (15 9/16 x 20 1/2 inch.) 

Egyptian, Ptolemaic Period, 332 - 30 BC. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

ancientpeoples:

Small statuette of the god zeus serapius
2.9cm high (1 1/8 inch.)
Roman, from Egypt, Mid-Imperial Period, 2nd century AD. 
Source: Metropolitan Museum

ancientpeoples:

Small statuette of the god zeus serapius

2.9cm high (1 1/8 inch.)

Roman, from Egypt, Mid-Imperial Period, 2nd century AD. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

ancientpeoples:

Gold necklace with beads in shape of lotus flowers and leaves
Cypriot Period, unknown.
Source: Metropolitan Museum

ancientpeoples:

Gold necklace with beads in shape of lotus flowers and leaves

Cypriot Period, unknown.

Source: Metropolitan Museum

ancientpeoples:

Copper shrine for animal mummy 
The copper shrine is decorated with a lizard. Unclear whether the mummy inside is a lizard or other animal. 5.4cm high and 15.2cm long (2 1/8 x 6 inch.) 
Egyptian, Ptolemaic Period, 664 - 30 BC. 
Source: Metropolitan Museum 

ancientpeoples:

Copper shrine for animal mummy 

The copper shrine is decorated with a lizard. Unclear whether the mummy inside is a lizard or other animal. 5.4cm high and 15.2cm long (2 1/8 x 6 inch.) 

Egyptian, Ptolemaic Period, 664 - 30 BC. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum 

fishstickmonkey:

Spherical Vessel with Relief Depiction of Scythian  Electron; chased. H. 13 cm  400-350 BC  Kul Oba Barrow, Kerch  Bosporan Kingdom
State Hermitage Museum

fishstickmonkey:

Spherical Vessel with Relief Depiction of Scythian
Electron; chased. H. 13 cm
400-350 BC
Kul Oba Barrow, Kerch
Bosporan Kingdom

State Hermitage Museum

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Terracotta statuette of an actorAttic Greek,  Late 5th – Early 4th Century BC
Fourteen of these figures are said to have been found together in a burial in Attica. They are among the earliest known statuettes of actors and are superbly executed and preserved. Originally they were brightly painted. They document the beginning of standardized characters and masks, indicating the popularity not of a specific figure but of types—the old man, the slave, the courtesan, etc.—that appeared repeatedly in different plays. By the mid-fourth century B.C., Attic examples or local copies were known throughout the Greek world, from Southern Russia to Spain.

Terracotta statuette of an actor
Attic Greek,  Late 5th – Early 4th Century BC

Fourteen of these figures are said to have been found together in a burial in Attica. They are among the earliest known statuettes of actors and are superbly executed and preserved. Originally they were brightly painted. They document the beginning of standardized characters and masks, indicating the popularity not of a specific figure but of types—the old man, the slave, the courtesan, etc.—that appeared repeatedly in different plays. By the mid-fourth century B.C., Attic examples or local copies were known throughout the Greek world, from Southern Russia to Spain.

(Source: metmuseum.org)

Terracotta vase in the form of a seated silenAttic Greek, 4th Century BC
The silen is seated next to an amphora (jar) and holds a bunch of grapes.

Terracotta vase in the form of a seated silen
Attic Greek, 4th Century BC

The silen is seated next to an amphora (jar) and holds a bunch of grapes.

(Source: metmuseum.org)