My IKEA glasses seem a bit boring now…

My IKEA glasses seem a bit boring now...

Things I’ve learned this morning:

1) My morning coffee would be that much more awesome if I could drink it from a gold lion cup.

2) The definition of the word “leonine”: it means to resemble a lion or its characteristics. Why haven’t I been using this word before? The problem will now be fixed.

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, this is a gold “vessel terminating in the forepart of a fantastic leonine creature” from the Achaemenid Persian Empire, c. the 5th century BC.

For more info about the Achaemenid Empire, see the Wikipedia article and this Met Timeline (with links to pdf files for their Metropolitan Museum Journal containing great photos of more artefacts).

For another cool ancient vessel/cup, see: So the Ancient Hittites Seem Awesome.  Which one’s your favourite?

Source for artefact and photo: [Met accession no.54.3.3]

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2 Responses to My IKEA glasses seem a bit boring now…

  1. Ha! Yes indeed, and you made me giggle (thank you)! To continue your sentiment (which I share), many modern creations are disappointingly drab when compared to ancient artistic, ornamental standards. Modern architecture is another irritatingly bleak example – plain boxy, shelters with meager attempts to add decorative elements to spruce them up a bit (Frank Lloyd right and some others excluded, but that’s still a little while ago). Not long ago (as compared to the ancient world – but eons ago by contemporary technology standards), the Victorian era left a legacy of beautiful homes, with the workmanship exhibiting great attention to detail, quality materials, etc. But ah yes, even the British were influenced by the styles and motifs of more ancient cultures that were incorporated. Although to be fair, we are also talking about a difference in status/monetary resources – since the wealthy today do have access better quality goods. But even so…I am partial to antique and ancient objects too 🙂 Beautiful photo by the way.

    • I know what you mean, about architectural elements that were created in order to awe and impress – I can’t honestly say that that was a deciding factor in how I chose and furnished my home! 🙂 Every time period, including ours, has its status and power symbols that you’ll spend too much money on instead of something simple and functional. I just always find it neat to see what those status symbols are (or were) in each culture! For example, spoons were valued status items to early Modern Europeans, tyrian purple cloth dye was the Louis Vuitton of ancient Rome, and blue paint was a sign you were a top dog in the Renaissance – and none of those things matter much today. And thanks! The Met museum (where I got the photo from) actually has a great online database collection (from both their stuff on display and in their archives) with really clear photos – sometimes, when the museum is super busy, it’s actually easier seeing their online version instead of trying to see over people’s heads!

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