Vishnu as Varaha, Udayagiri Caves

Vishnu as Varaha, Udayagiri Caves

A sculpted panel at the Gupta-period (4th-6th century CE) caves of Udayagiri, Madhya Pradesh, India. The caves are rock-cut Hindu shrines and this panel shows Vishnu as the boar-headed incarnation Varaha. The god rises from the cosmic waters, defeating the primeval serpent monster, and rescuing the goddess Bhudevi (earth), who hangs from his tusk.

Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra (Creative Commons: Attribution).

Winged Ibex Vessel Handle

Winged Ibex Vessel Handle

This winged ibex was a handle for a metal amphora-shaped vessel, made in the 4th century BCE in Achaemenid Persia. This high level of detail was achieved through the use of lost-wax technique.

It has been suggested that this piece of art resembles both the god Bes and the Greek god Silenus, which may indicate that a Greek artisan made this piece of art.

Louvre Museum, Paris. Sully wing, ground floor, Room 12a.

H: 27cm
W: 15 cm
D: 10cm

Photo by Jan van der Crabben (Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike).

Mosaic with Musicians

Mosaic with Musicians

Mosaic depicting musicians, signed by Dioskourides of Samos. The mosaic shows an episode from a comedy since the figures are wearing theatrical masks. The figures are playing musical instruments often connected with the cult of Cybele: the tambourine, small cymbals and the double flute. The mosaic was found in the so-called Villa of Cicero near Pompeii and dates to the 1st century BCE. It was made with tiny tesserae, in a technique called opus vermiculatum. (Naples National Archaeological Museum)

Photo by Carole Raddato (Creative Commons: Attribution-ShareAlike).

Fresco with Wounded Aeneas

Fresco with Wounded Aeneas

Fresco depicting Iapyx removing an arrowhead from Aeneas’ thigh. Venus stands over while beside Aeneas stands his young son Ascanius. 1st century CE (between 45 and 79 CE), from Pompeii. (Naples National Archaeological Museum).

Photo by Carole Raddato (Creative Commons: Attribution-ShareAlike).

Temple of Zeus, Euromos

Temple of Zeus, Euromos

The temple of Zeus Lepsynus at Euromos, located in the ancient region of Caria, is one of the best preserved temples in Turkey. The temple was built in the Corinthian order in the 2nd century CE (probably during the reign of the emperor Hadrian) on the site of an earlier Carian temple.

Photo by Carole Raddato (Creative Commons: Attribution-ShareAlike).