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Wednesday 10 October 2007

Athens – The Homeland of the Gods: National Archaeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is one of the world's greatest museums. It houses the collection of finds from all over the country, and all the most important finds are displayed here. The following photos show only the highlights of this museum as there are about forty rooms to explore in this museum!

'Kouros' in Ancient Greek words means a male youth. This is a giant 'kouros' from Thebes dating back to the Archaic Period of Greek sculpture (about 650 BC to about 500 BC).

This is the most celebrated piece of the Mycenaen masks: the Mask of Agamemnon. There are several others but not as popular as this one.

The Warrior Krater (mixing bowl) or the Warrior Vase, dating back to 12th century BC. The men figures are warriors leaving for war and there is a woman weaving them goodbye.

This is another piece of art regarded as one of the finest examples of the Mycenaen art. It is called a Vaphio gold cup with the scene of men taming wild bulls.

This fresco depicting two boxers is among the spectacular collection of the Minoan frescoes from Ancient Thira of Santorini.

Some jars among the finds from Ancient Thira.

Do they look familiar? These are the figurines of the Cycladic collection that inspired Picasso. Do they make an impression to you now?

This is the Poseidon of Artemision (450 BC) uncovered off the shore of Cape Artemision in 1928.

The Horse and Jockey of Artemision (2nd century AD) is another celebrated bronze statue of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.

The worried face of the jockey makes the Horse and Jockey of Artemision come to life.

This is the statue of Athena Varvakeion (200 BC). It is a miniature copy of the statue of Athena Polias that once occupied the Parthenon.

The statue of Aphrodite dating back to 2nd century AD.

The National Archaeological Museum is considered one of the must visit sights in Athens. You will definitely be fascinated by the vast collection of the most important finds that were hauled from all over Greece.

If you would like to read more of my travelogues on Greece, here are the links:-

1. Athens – The Homeland of the Gods

2. The White Dream in Mykonos

3. Santorini – Almost Heaven

4. Miscellaneous


Greg Wee said...

Hey CK,
It seems like you are beginning to venture into nude figure photography. Don't forget to call me for the next one. I want to see see.

CK Ng said...

Heay Greg,
Is this considered art or porn? :p I'll invite you to pose as my nude model next time, so you cannot see see. Other people will see see you. WA HA HA HA! :D

Greg Wee said...

How much you pay?

CK Ng said...

Two half-boiled eggs and two pieces of toasts.

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