Large Pictures II

Here are some of the special objects found in the Archeological Museum in Heraklion (Crete) in large formats.
More detailed explanations can be found here.
First we look at general items like the two snake Goddesses (or high priests).
     
Snake Godesses from Minoic culture, Knossos, Crete
   
This is one well preserved part of a large fresco. Note the use of lipstick 3600 years ago!
   
Minoan culture; wall painting; Lady
   
Here is the head of an extremely fetching bronze sculpture.
   
   
Just one of the many beautiful ceramic objects.
   
   
The famous fresco showing the "bull leap"
   
   
Here is the head of a full-sized marble statue:
   
   
Now let's look at metal objects; mostly bronze. First some bronze tools, in particular long saws (at least 1 m).
These tools go back to at least 1600 BC, it seems (the museum does no provide individual descriptions).
   
Bronze tools, Heraklion, Crete
   
A remarkable sight are the arsenic bronze silver daggers from the Minoan culture.
They might possibly have been made from silver but my feeling is that we look at arsenical bronze. The museum doesn't comment.
   
Arsenci coppr daggers form Knossos; Heraklion; crtet.
   
Bronze swords from the Arkalochori Cave (1700 BC - 1450 BC).
   
Bronze swords Minoan culture; Heraklion, Crete
 
Bronze swrods; Minoan culture; Heaklion; Crete
   
Pottery and swords with well-preserved hilts from the "Warrior Cave"; 1450 BC - 1300 BC
   
Show case bronge swords, pottery, Heraklion Crete
   
 
Bronze swords with gold hilts; Knossos
 
     
An almost fully preserved (ivory?) hilt:
   
Bronge swords Crete, Heraklion; hilits
   
Some of the iron objects in the Museum
   
Iron objects in the Heraklion museum; Crete
   
Earthenware art in the Copenhagen art museum.
Part of "The triumph of Amphitrite", ca. 1779, from Claude Michel (known as Clodion)
a French sculptor in the Rococo style.
 
Earthenware art; copenhagen; Clodion
   
Sword plus scabbard and baldrick decorations of a Roman officer, found in
Illerup Adal and exhibited in the Moesgaard museum in Aarhus; Denmark.
 
Sword of Roman oficer, Illerup Adal; Moesgaard museum
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Badly illuminated bronze swords in the "Neues Museum", Berlin
 
Bronze swords, Neues Museum Berlin
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Bronze swords, Neues Museum Berlin
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Charlemagne (with broken sword) gains a victory over the Avars - with a little help from a friendly angel.
Shown is a small part of Albrecht Altdorfer's painting from 1518.
Notice all the hardware (including a cannon; upper right).
   
 
Charlemagne rescued by angel
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