Bronze plague of Mithras slaying a bull
Mithras was originally an Iranian god who became very popular in the Roman Empire, especially with soldiers. Mithras is aided by a dog, a snake and a scorpion.
Mid-Imperial Period, mid 2nd tot early 3rd century A.D.
Source: The Metropolitan Museum
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For Cityscape, Jay Musler (b. 1949) chose a spherical container blown of industrial Pyrex glass, which he cut in half. He then cut the rim of the hemisphere into a jagged edge, sandblasted it, and airbrushed it with oil paint. Cityscape evokes an urban landscape at sunset, the profiles of buildings uniformly darkened by the setting sun glowing red-orange in the distance. Although Musler is best known for his sculpture assembled from pieces of painted flat glass, Cityscape is one of his most widely recognized works. It is an excellent example of how studio glass artists have interpreted traditional domestic glass forms, such as the functional bowl, as sculpture. In an effort to dissociate sculpture in glass from craft, many contemporary artists have avoided using traditional containers. However, in Cityscape, the viewer respects the interior space as nonfunctional. The sculpture’s relatively large size and its combination of decorative techniques reflect new trends in studio glassmaking in the 1980s. (via Cityscape | Corning Museum of Glass)
Medieval smiley face
This is a true feel-good doodle, drawn by a medieval reader and found in the lower margin of a 13th-century page. The surprisingly modern-looking smiley face is wearing glasses and seems to float towards the text in a balloon, quite content. This little scene made my day.
Pic: Conches, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 7 (main text 13th century, doodle 14th or 15th century). More medieval doodles in this Tumblr.
Portraitkopf Alexander des Großen
Yes, we can tell it’s Alexander from his hair do!
pair of eye inlays
New Kingdom to Late Period (1550-332 BCE), 1550 BCE - 332 BCE
Memorial Art Gallery