Monday, October 01, 2012

Bronze


I strongly recommend the Bronze exhibition at the Royal Academy which has on display a selection of bronze statues dating from around 1500BC to the present day, from Europe, Asia and Africa (Nigeria). One of the most interesting sculptures to me was the one photographed above. This was found in a bog in Denmark in 1902 and is one of the oldest exhibits, made in the fourteenth century BC. The disc which you can see, covered with gold leaf, is thought to represent the sun. Its obverse has no decoration and so scholars speculate it depicts day and night. What I can't understand is why the horse is standing on the wheel axes. Any ideas?

There are, of course, some magnificent Renaissance bronzes, my favourite of which was a copy of Cellini's Perseus and Medusa:


7 Comments:

Blogger Eurodog said...

Children's toy horses often have wheels. Therefore it must be a toy.

9:41 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

It could be, ED, but it's quite unusual to have bronze toys

9:49 am  
Blogger Eurodog said...

I was doing a LOL, WW.

3:59 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Oh sorry to be dense Ed!

5:57 pm  
Blogger Eurodog said...

We need people like you, WW.

7:29 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

The dense are always with us?

8:48 am  
Blogger elleeseymour said...

They are astonishing, such skill.

7:47 pm  

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