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Mausolus, Persian satrap of Caria, British Museum 
26th-Feb-2012 07:16 pm

This is usually identified as Mausolus, the Persian satrap of Caria and his wife Artemesia. They come from the podium of Mausolus's tomb, the Mausoluem at Halicarnassus which was one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World. Dated about 350 BC.

Also from the tomb

26th-Feb-2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
It's a pity that the statues are disfigured though still they look very imposing.

I like the horse a lot. Do you know if it's an original harness or just the likeness of what the harness of that time would look like?
26th-Feb-2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
My photos didn't do him justice, but he's quite a handsome man. I suspect the harness is a replica, though presumably based on good evidence.
26th-Feb-2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
It's a shame that there is only one wonder left out of those seven wonders. Still, with the little imagination you can see the scale of the magnificent.

I was amused with the lion; with the similarity to 'Japanese lions' at the shrines; the great influence of Silk Road.
26th-Feb-2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, I am afraid that if this lion from the Halicarnassus group we can't ascribe the similarity to the influence of the Silk Road, it didn't existed at the time. But it speaks to the like-mindedness of the people who never met each other.
26th-Feb-2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
Not exactly this particular lion from Halicarnassus, but I'm sure that the image of 'lion' traveled through Silk Road to China and Japan, since we do not have native lions. Here is the picture of it.

28th-Feb-2012 03:15 am (UTC)
nice pictures of sculptures. Thanks for posting them. Keep posting more pictures of them.
28th-Feb-2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much! Glad to know you're enjoying them.
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