The Impact of Silk on Ottonian and Salien Manuscripts

Princeton University Library, Creative Commons Two distinctive art forms came together for a brief period in Germany during the tenth and eleventh centuries, the period of Ottonian and Salian rule. By Dr. Stephen M. Wagner Professor of Art History Savannah College of Art and Design In keeping with the theme of the symposium’s title, “Silk[…]

A Dog’s Life, from Kyoto to Versailles

Pictured on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum: Dog-shaped Box on a Low Table (background) and Peach-shaped Box (foreground), Japanese, Edo period, late 17th–mid-18th century, lacquer. Musée national des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon The dramatic tale of how a small Japanese lacquer box has survived over centuries. By Jeffrey Weaver / 10.08.2018 Associate Curator of Sculpture and[…]

Dogs in Ancient Greece

Photo by japiot, Wikimedia Commons Examining a few references in the Homeric epics and Herodotus. Kosmos Society Center for Hellenic Studies [1] Anger [mēnis], goddess, sing it, of Achilles, son of Peleus— 2disastrous [oulomenē] anger that made countless pains [algea] for the Achaeans, 3 and many steadfast lives [psūkhai] it drove down to Hādēs, 4 heroes’ lives, but their bodies[…]

The Palaikastro Octopus Vase of Ancient Minoa – An Enduring Influence

Octopus vase from Palaikastro, c. 1500 B.C.E., 27 cm high (Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, photo: Wolfgang Sauber, CC BY-SA 3.0) The style was imitated by potters on the Greek mainland as well as the islands of Melos. By Dr. Senta German / 08.15.2018 Faculty of Classics Andrew W Mellon Foundation Teaching Curator, Ashmolean Museum University of Oxford Ceramics for[…]

An Eye into Ancient Minoa through the Palaikastro Kouros

Statuette of a Male Figure (The Palaikastro Kouros), 1480 – 1425 B.C.E., serpentine, hippopotamus ivory, and gold, 54 x 18.5 cm (Archaeological Museum of Siteia, photo: Olaf Tausch, CC BY 3.0) The attention to naturalistic human anatomy in the statue is extraordinary. By Dr. Senta German / 08.20.2018 Faculty of Classics Andrew W Mellon Foundation Teaching Curator, Ashmolean Museum University of Oxford One[…]