Fierce Creatures

We have just spent a few days in London visiting our daughter Isla and one highlight of our trip was a visit to the British Museum to see the Ice Age Art exhibition. In many ways this show was a shock because the artefacts are all so small. I knew a number of the pieces from reproductions and was taken aback to discover that these apparently monumental objects are in fact only a few centimetres tall. Monumental figures of women are one recurring theme through the show, the other being animal figures, with many being very powerfully conceived.

Sadly, photography was not permitted in the exhibition (though I did see some surreptitious clicking using mobile phones going on), so here are a few other nice animal objects to be found in the BM.

Bull's head decorating a lyre from Ur (Sumerian)

Bull’s head decorating a lyre from Ur (Sumerian)

Another object from Ur - the famous ram in a thicket

Another object from Ur – the famous ram in a thicket

Persian griffin drinking horn

Persian griffin drinking horn

Bronze age silver bull

Bronze age silver bull

Lion?

Lion?

Leaping ibex (originally a vase handle)

Leaping ibex (originally a vase handle)

The one on the left is clearly a goose; not sure about the one with the nice false eyelashes!

The one on the left is clearly a goose; not sure about the one with the nice false eyelashes!

Rather dragon-like dogs on a bronze flagon

Rather dragon-like dogs on a bronze flagon

Powerful bronze bull's head

Powerful bronze bull’s head

Leaping dog on a Roman pot

Leaping dog on a Roman pot

Japanese netsuke deer

Japanese netsuke deer

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3 thoughts on “Fierce Creatures

  1. The Gooses companion looks like a lady camel. Those eyes are very alluring…

    Your visit sounds enjoyable, glad you took the photos. Have found myself similarly surprised when looking at original works of art only to find them smaller than i thought.

    It is encouraging that not all wondrous works are large 🙂

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