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National Archaeological Museum of Athens – Highlights

Jockey of Artemision - National Archaeological Museum, Athens by Joy of Museum - 2

Jockey of Artemision

The Jockey of Artemision is a bronze statue of a boy riding a horse, dated to around 150 BC. It is a rare surviving original bronze statue from Ancient Greece. This ancient Greek bronze is unique because most ancient classical bronzes were melted down for their raw materials during periods of warfare and strife. This Greek masterpiece was saved from destruction, when it was lost in a shipwreck sometime in antiquity, before being discovered in the modern era.

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Jockey of Artemision - National Archaeological Museum, Athens by Joy of Museum - 3

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Jockey of Artemision - National Archaeological Museum, Athens by Joy of Museum

  • Name:          Jockey of Artemision
  • Date:            150–140 BC
  • Material:       Bronze
  • Culture:       Greek
  • Discovered:  1926

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Antikythera Youth

Antikythera Youth - National Archaeological Museum, Athens by Joy of Museum

The Antikythera Youth is a 330 BC bronze statue of a young man discovered in 1900 by sponge-divers in the area of the ancient Antikythera shipwreck off the island of Antikythera, Greece. It was the first of the series of Greek bronze sculptures discovered in the Aegean which fundamentally altered the view of Ancient Greek sculpture. The statue was retrieved as multiple fragments and had to be restored in stages.

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Antikythera Youth - National Archaeological Museum, Athens by Joy of Museum - 3

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  • Title:            Antikythera Youth or Antikythera Ephebe
  • Date:           340 -330 BC
  • Material:     Bronze
  • Culture:      Greek
  • Find site:     Antikythera, Greece
  • Dimensions: H: 1.96 m

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Artemision Bronze

Artemision Bronze - National Archaeological Museum, Athens by Joy of Museum

The Artemision Bronze represents either Zeus, the ancient Greek king of the gods of Mount Olympus or possibly Poseidon, the God of the Sea. This sculpture is a rare, ancient Greek bronze sculpture that was recovered from the sea off Cape Artemision, Greece. Created in the early Geek Classical Period of 460 BC, this masterpiece is the embodiment of beauty, control, and strength.

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Artemision Bronze - National Archaeological Museum, Athens by Joy of Museum - 2

  • Title:              Artemision Bronze
  • Date:             460 BC
  • Material:       Bronze
  • Dimensions:  H: 209cm

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National Archaeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum in Athens maintains some of the most important Greek masterpieces from a variety of archaeological locations in Greece. Considered one of the greatest museums in the world, it has a splendid collection of artefacts from prehistory to late antiquity.

Reflections

  • What fantastic stories could these statues tell us if it could speak?
  • How many of these Greek statues were plundered by various Roman Generals?
  • How many more statues lie in the waters of the Mediterranean?
  • The Ancient Greek word for “statue” was derived from the word “to delight”. Do these 2,000-year-old statues deliver on this meaning?

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“Time is the wisest counsellor of all.”
– Pericles

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Photo Credit: JOM

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