Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Grotesques









Yesterday was spent in London catching up with friends and also spending time in the British Museum. You may expect to see a few more photographs taken there, on this blog, in the near future.


These I was rather taken with although I'm at a loss to explain why. These grotesque figures were found in their hundreds on the site of the ancient city of Smyrna and date to about 100-200BCE. Their context is unclear: perhaps they were votive offerings, charms against the evil eye, perhaps they had some connection to healing. Certainly they have a very quirky charm about them.

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