His expression compelled me to stop and linger at the display in Mycenae.
Only three to four inches in height, this ivory Mycenaean sculpture does not overwhelm with its size or weight, but with its expression. Made between 1250-1180 B.C. this “Ivory Male Head Figure” was excavated in the ruins of Mycenae (Mykines) in the Peloponnese region of Greece.
We saw a staggering number—thousands?—of artifacts this past summer; however, this little number above is still my favorite.
To realize it was conceived and shaped by human hands so very long ago is a lesson in humility.
Of what use is our modern technology?
Of what purposes are our conveniences?
Of what skills can we boast in light of this quiet gem?
Featured Photo Credit: Marilyn Yung | This ivory sculpture is in the collection of artifacts at The Archaeological Museum of Mycenae
On May 29, my husband and I journeyed to Greece for about five weeks. Three weeks were spent on Skopelos, one of the three islands in the Sporades east of the mainland. The remaining two were spent venturing from Mycenae to Delphi to Olympia and finally Heraklion on the island of Crete to tour the sites at Knossos and Phaistos. Athens formed the bookends of our Greek odyssey.
I posted daily for much of the trip, but still have so much more to tell. Follow my blog and stay tuned.
Acknowledgement: “A great man is always willing to be little.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
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