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Friday, July 12, 2013
Update to Ancient Doll/ True Colors and a comment from Anne Rice
Above is "The “Alexander Sarcophagus” (c. 320 B.C.), was found in the royal necropolis of the Phoenician city of Sidon. But it was named for the illustrious Macedonian ruler, Alexander the Great, depicted in battle against the Persians in this painted replica. Alexander’s sleeved tunic suggests his conquests have thrust him into the new role of Eastern King, but his lion-skin cap ties him to the mythical hero, Herakles, and alludes to divine descent." Retreived from Smithsonian Magazine. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/multimedia/photos/?c=y&articleID=19828084&page=3 (July 12, 2013).
I was born in Athens, and these relics are beloved and part of my heritage. These, and other ancient statues from various cultures, and the dolls and toys, were originally painted in bright colors. This exhibit courtesy of Smithsonian, shows us what they may have been like.
Below is Anne Rice's Comment from Facebook, and we than her:
"True Colors" from the Smithsonian Magazine may shock some people. The ancient Greeks actually painted their marble gods and goddesses in very bright colors. The dignified white marble fragments we view today in museums were in fact originally presented in hyper-realistic flesh tones with brightly painted eyes and with clothes in different hues. I've known this for decades but can't claim I was overjoyed to learn it when I was younger. Thanks to Phillip Cohen for this interesting story.