Ancient Mediterranean + Europe
Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker. Created by Steven Zucker and Beth Harris.
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- So very interesting!
All the female figures seem to have their arms folded across their chests. For me this indicates uncertainty and exposedness. Does anybody know if there are theories about this body language of the statues?(9 votes)
- I doubt that this is the reason and more likely a sign of fertility. I think this because thousands of years ago people weren't shamed for their body like today.(2 votes)
- Is it still a problem that there are so many forgeries around? I'd think that it'd be easy to distinguish the real ones from forgeries through C-14 dating. They should be old enough for that, right?(3 votes)
- Also in terms of those kinds of techniques for dating artifacts, you have to realise, if you try and date one of these sculptures, you're only going to get the age of the marble itself. You can't use it to tell when x amount of stone was chipped away y amount of years ago. There isn't likely to be enough pigment left over on the statues to test that either, or rather, destroying the pigment for a test to get an answer of dubious value wouldn't be high on the list of conservators priorities.(4 votes)
- At1:59, I thought I saw the outline of eyes on the face. Did anyone else notice this? Is that just a tiny bit of paint left, or were the eyes lightly carved onto it?(1 vote)
- Yes, those are the traces of eyes that were once painted onto the figures. Those can be called "ghosts of paint" -- and are somewhat similar to tan lines when we wear watches, sock, or shirts outside in the summer! The paint originally protected the surface so that it eroded at a different rate than the other parts. When the paint eventually wore away, the surface underneath was a bit smoother and even slightly raised. The website of the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens has more information (http://www.cycladic.gr/frontoffice/portal.asp?cpage=resource&cresrc=138&cnode=40&clang=1).(8 votes)
- How big were these figures and were all of them made of marble? Also, are figures like this found in other parts of the world as well?(3 votes)
- These figures are 22.5 cm high but I do not know if there are other figures like these in different places.(2 votes)
- what are the consequences for looting? how many years of prison do criminals have, etc.(2 votes)
- From the author:That depends on many variables. What nations are involved, when the looting took place, the perceived value of the item that was taken, the damage done to the site, etc. etc.(2 votes)
- Were the famous modern artists mentioned actual participants in the illegal artifact trade or was that do to rich collectors only? If so ,could their estates be subjected to criminal fines?(2 votes)
- There is no evidence to lead to the conclusion that the famous artists who were mentioned in the video at1:48as admiring these sculptures (Brancusi, Modigliani, and Picasso) participated in the illegal artifact trade. Since criminal fines are tied to a criminal conviction by a court (this site explains the different types of criminal fines http://criminal.lawyers.com/criminal-law-basics/what-are-criminal-fines.html ) it would be highly unlikely that their estates would be subjected to criminal fines due to this matter.(1 vote)
- Selling these on the Black Market is totally illegal, right?(1 vote)
- Yes, they belong to the people who made them many years ago. Which now have passed so they belong in museums.(1 vote)
- I understand that the majority of these figures can't be dated properly due to the reasons mentioned at1:00and that some may even be forged. My question is if there have been found 'harp players' from other epochs or societies? And how are they interpreted?(1 vote)