#Archaic #Greek #bronze statuette of a reclining #goat
second half of the 6th Century B.C.
Lenght: 8.4 cm
CHF 40000 ;Cast using the lost wax process.The interior was probable filled with lead (no traces remaining), which served to strengthen the bronze wall while avoiding the formation of cracks, and to better fix the ornament onto its support. The goat is represented lying, its hindquarters under its body (only the right leg is indicated) and its front legs extended forward. The head is turned to the right, towards the viewer, the small tail is erected above the rump.

Although the style is expressive and the identification of the species does not represent any difficulties, the shapes are stylized and somewhat unrealistic (the body and the neck are too small compared to the head): the body is massive with the rounded rump and the right thigh in relief, the neck is cylindrical with a ridge marking the fur of the chest, the short muzzle is rounded at the tip; the horns cover the head like a skullcap. A couple of incisions indicate further anatomical details, like the muscles of the legs, the ribs and, on the head, the eyes, the mouth and the lines in relief on the horns. A semi-circular goatee adorns the muzzle, the two small ears are fitted under the horns.

Such statuettes decorated mainly the large metal containers (#kraters, #dinoï and the #tripods that supported them) that were used as luxury #tableware at the #symposia (banquets). After their use in everyday life, these vases, reserved for the upper classes of society, could be either dedicated in a sanctuary (many examples come from Olympia), or carried into the tomb with their owners. Such is the case, for instance, with the large dinos decorated with lions statuettes, found in #Hochdorf, near Stuttgart, in a “princely” tomb containing very luxurious furniture. This widely known vase had been manufactured in the Greek or the Colonial world, and then exported and sold north of the Alps. From a stylistic point of view, best parallels for this statuette are generally attributed to Peloponnesian workshops and dated to the second half of the 6th century B.C.#antiquities #antiquité

Day 1 🇦🇽 Golden Circle ✨✨✨
Iceland is popular because of its nature. The island is full of hot pots, geysers, vulcanos, ice lakes and termal swimming pools, mountains, beaches with white and black sand, waterfalls and so on. At the same time this country is very expensive, so it's better to rent a car to see what you want and we did so. I can't recommend any cheap places to live in because we have our amazing polish hosts who work here. 🤗🤗🤗 But if you wanna travel the full Iceland, it's better to stay in different places all the time as for me, the road will take less time.
The weather changes here all the time, it can be sunny☀️, after rainy🌧️, then sunny again⛅ and then snowy with cold wind🌨️. So you have to be prepared 🌬️
On the first day we planned a must have Golden Circle trip. Our destinations were:
1. Waterfall Urridafos (pic #8). We lived close to it, so decided to see it. Our hosts advised to see it 🌊
2. Krater Kerid🌋, no picture yet here, I'll post it later. But it's very beautiful with small lake inside 💕
3. Thingvellir National Park (pictures #2-5). You can see tectonic plates, small waterfall and a lot of beautiful views there. 🏞️
4. Faxi waterfall (pic #6) 🌊
5. Geysers, small lakes with hot water 80-100 degrees which is going out together with a lot of steam. Something very unusual and worth to see ⛲
6. Gullfoss waterfall (pic #1) 🌊, fucking amazing big one ❤️
7. Hruni (pic #9), termal free swimming pool with water 35 degrees. While laying there it was snowing, however the water is really warm and clean 😇
Horses are everywhere here too, close to our guest house we live in, there are horses too. So in the evening, we went to feed them (pic #10), it was amazing. They are beautiful, good, cheerful and follow you 🐴🐴🐴
#batukhtinatravel #iceland #travel #nature #spring #views #waterfalls #volcanos #kraters #geysers #termalswimmingpool #horses #love #couple

Never-ending astonishment studying Art & Wine. Ancient Greek Kraters, like this were filled with diluted wine usually at a 1:3 wine to water ratio before “Symposia”(fancy for drinking & philosophizing). What did it taste like? Probably pretty terrible-oxidized, full of nasty bacteria, dosed with tree sap, but it was a matter of function for our ancient drinkers and it was around the 6th century B.C. Pretty Incredible! Enjoy all the pleasures of modern wine-it really is miraculous art in and of itself.
#wineandart #winegeekery #ancientgreece #kraters #drinkthegoodstuff

Hoe ziet de maan er uit met een 3910mm objectief? Nou zo dus!

Camera: Canon 60D.
Lens/objectief: Celestron C14.
Mount: Astro-physics 1100GTO.

#maan #detail #moon #kraters #crator
#lunar #zoom #telescope #space #astrofotografie #astrophotography #universe #ruimte #heelal #canon #celestron #details #astro-physics #1100gto #c14 #starobservatory #netherlands #60D

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