The stony gaze of the statue upon his executor says it all. Most of the bronze “men” that once watched over Parisian streets and public squares of the French Third Republic met a most undignified end many years ago, snatched from their pedestals and erased from the history books. During the Nazi occupation of France in World War II, the co-operating Vichy government ordered the removal and destruction of all metal monuments and statues for the purpose of remelting, unless considered to be of “historical or artistic interest” to the new regime. In other words, sculptures that symbolised democracy, liberal policies, progression, the avant-garde and generally anything that might have offended the Germans, was deemed “ugly” and radical and sent straight to a hellish grave of twisted metal and fallen statues.
The Orkney Hood, found in a peat bog in 1867, is the only complete item of fabric clothing to have survived from early medieval Scotland. 250-615 CE, now on display at the National Museum of Scotland.
Temple relief of the Pharaoh Akhenaten sacrificing a duck, New Kingdom, Amarna Period, 1353–1336 BCE.
One of the frescoes which decorate the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak. Dating back to the 4th century BC, the paintings are Bulgaria’s best-preserved artistic masterpieces from the Hellenistic period.
Guennol Lioness, 5,000 year old Proto-Elamite sculpture of a muscular female lion/human figure found in Iraq.
The 2000-year-old clothes of the Huldremose Woman, a bog body recovered in 1879 from a peat bog near Ramten in Denmark. It consists of a checked woollen skirt, a checked woollen scarf and two skin capes. Now on display at the National Museum of Denmark.
The 4000-year-old skeletons of a mother shielding her child from a massive earthquake that struck China in 2000 BC and triggered massive floods, in an event that is sometimes referred to as ‘China’s Pompeii’. Now located at the Lajia Ruins Museum in northwest China.
Terracotta lekythos (oil flask) ca. 470–460 B.C. Attributed to the Painter of the Yale Lekythos. Attic Greek.