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Athens Museums

Here is one example of the content of a showcase. We see weapons from grave IV, Grave Circle A, Mycenae; 16th century BC.
There are connections to the Minoan swords (some shown here)
     
Archaeological Museum Athens; swords
  Link to text    Source: Photographed in Athens: May 2017
     
Some of the inlaid daggers from Mycenaen graves that are on display in the museum. No explanation to the technology involved is given (nor expected).
   
Archaeological Museum Athens; decorated bronze dagger
 
Archaeological Museum Athens; decorated bronze dagger
 
Archaeological Museum Athens; decorated bronze dagger
  Link to text    Source: Photographed in Athens: May 2017
       
Below is a rather well preserved iron kopis from around 320 BC
 
Archaeological Museum Athens; kopis
  Link to text   Source: Photographed in Athens: May 2017
       
The sword wound around the urn is the largest iron object from 900 BC
I'm presently aware of. Note that the hilt resembles the bronze "Griffzungenschwert" (Naue III) construction
   
"StOa" Museum Athens;irOn swOrd
"StOa" Museum Athens;irOn toOls
  Link to text      Source: Photographed in Athens: May 2017
     

Olympia Museum

Hermes with the young Dionysos; one of the famous ancient sculptures, probably from Praxiteles.
   
Olympia Museum; Praxiteles Hermes statue
  Link to text      Source: Photographed in Olympia; May 2017
     
The collection of bronze helmets is outstanding:
   
Olympia Museum; helmets
 
Olympia Museum; helmets
 
Olympia Museum; helmets
  Link to text      Source: Photographed in Olympia; May 2017
     
The pictures below give an impression of the iron stuff that can be seen. Interesting tools but no swords or other weapons.
   
Olympia Museum; iron tools
 
Olympia Museum; iron tools
  Link to text      Source: Photographed in Olympia; May 2017
 
 

Rome Museums

Below are some frescos from Melozzo degli Ambrosi, called da Forli,
from around 1480 that I found particularly fetching:
   
 
Rome, Vatican Museum, fresco 1480
 
Rome, Vatican Museum, fresco 1480
 
  Link to text      Source: Photographed in Rome; April 2016
     
Below is an example of what you can find in the Vatican museum in Rome with respect to metals and iron.
There is a little bit more but not much. Like ever so often, iron is mentioned in the text but bronze is shown.
   
 
Museums Rome; vatican; metal artifacts
  Link to text      Source: Photographed in Rome; April 2016
     
The head of "Boxer at Rest" in the Plazzo Massimo, Rome.
It is a Greek bronze sculpture from 350 BC - 50 BC, ranking among the finest examples
of bronze sculptures to have survived from the ancient world
   
 
Museums Rome; Palazzo Massimo
 
Museums Rome; Palazzo Massimo
  Link to text      Source: Photographed in Rome; April 2016
     
The rape of Proserpina by Bernini (around 1621). It is not
the actual rape, just the abduction preceding the event.
   
 
Rome museums; Villa Borghese
  Link to text      Source: Photographed in Rome; April 2016
     

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