“This lekythos has an unusually large shape is subdivided into three zones, each with a mythological subject. The middle zone features Thetis and her sister Nereids bringing armor to replace the set that Achilles had given Patroklos. The lower zone depicts Theseus and Hippolyte in combat among Greeks and Amazons. The uppermost scene has been interpreted as the abduction of Persephone but more likely shows a god (or goddess) departing on a mission of divine intervention.” http://met.org/2mMVO99
Featured Artwork of the Day: Attributed to the Eretria Painter | Terracotta lekythos (oil flask) | ca. 420 B.C. | Greek, Attic.
Union Jack fragment from Lord Nelson’s ship fetches $515,000 at Sotheby’s auction
“A piece of the Union Jack believed to have been flown from the flagship of Britain’s Lord Horatio Nelson’s fleet during the Battle of Trafalgar has sold for $515,000 at an auction in London.
Memorabilia belonging to Lord Nelson auctioned off by Sotheby’s
Lord Nelson died in the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar
Last surviving complete Union Jack flag flown at the battle fetched $666,000
The item was part of a collection of Lord Nelson’s memorabilia that went up for sale at auctioneers Sotheby’s on Thursday, and included weapons, his “grog chest” and personal letters.”