Sunday, November 21, 2010

Greek National Museum collections

Beautifully decorated mirror
Falcon head
Elegant ancient Greek woman...
...with her subtly decorated dress

An adoring hound is all that's left of this piece of statuary

A monumental javelin thrower

The antikythera, a complicated mechanism of 32 gear wheels bearing inscriptions of the zodiac which is probably a calendrical device that determines the time based on the movement of the sun and moon, the dates of eclipses, and the movement of other stars and planets known at the time of its construction, probably around 80 BC. It was found in a shipwreck off the coast of Antikythera.

Yes, it's in bad shape, but someone's built one, out of Legos, mind you, so you can see how it worked:

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