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Rare acrolithic marble sculptures of Demeter and Kore, from the extramural S. Francesco Bisconti sanctuary, Morgantina, central Sicily.
An acrolith is a composite sculpture made of stone and other materials, as in the case of a figure whose torso is made of wood, while the head, hands, and feet are made of marble. The wood was concealed either by drapery or by gilding; only the marble parts were exposed to view. This type of statuary was common and widespread in Classical antiquity.

Minotaur in Labyrinth, Roman mosaic at Conímbriga, Portugal.

Minotaur in Labyrinth, Roman mosaic at Conímbriga, Portugal.

King Minos and The Labyrinth, silver coin from Knossos, 200 BC.
In Greek mythology, the Labyrinth (probably derived from the Lydian word labrys ) was an elaborate structure designed and built by the legendary artificer Daedalus for King Minos of Crete at Knossos. Its function was to hold the Minotaur, a mythical creature that was half man and half bull and was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus. Daedalus had so cunningly made the Labyrinth that he could barely escape it after he built it. Theseus was aided by Ariadne, who provided him with a skein of thread, so he could find his way out again.

King Minos and The Labyrinth, silver coin from Knossos, 200 BC.
In Greek mythology, the Labyrinth (probably derived from the Lydian word labrys ) was an elaborate structure designed and built by the legendary artificer Daedalus for King Minos of Crete at Knossos. Its function was to hold the Minotaur, a mythical creature that was half man and half bull and was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus. Daedalus had so cunningly made the Labyrinth that he could barely escape it after he built it. Theseus was aided by Ariadne, who provided him with a skein of thread, so he could find his way out again.

Sacred Minoan symbols: Bull and Labrys.

Sacred Minoan symbols: Bull and Labrys.

An ornamented golden Minoan labrys.

An ornamented golden Minoan labrys.

Libation scene on the famous painted sarcophagus (dated to 1400 BC) found at Haghia Triada (ancient Minoan settlement in south central Crete). The priestess and her handmaiden are pouring the content of conical vessels on an altar adorned with double-axes (labrys).

Libation scene on the famous painted sarcophagus (dated to 1400 BC) found at Haghia Triada (ancient Minoan settlement in south central Crete). The priestess and her handmaiden are pouring the content of conical vessels on an altar adorned with double-axes (labrys).

Colossal statue of a hero, ‘Gilgamesh’, plaster cast, original in Khorsabad,late 8th c. BCE © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum / photo: Olaf M. Teßmer

Colossal statue of a hero, ‘Gilgamesh’, plaster cast, original in Khorsabad,late 8th c. BCE © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum / photo: Olaf M. Teßmer

The ceremonial vase from Uruk (copy), Original end of 4th millennium BCE © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum / Olaf M. Teßmer

The ceremonial vase from Uruk (copy), Original end of 4th millennium BCE © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum / Olaf M. Teßmer

Discovery of the statuette of a “high priest” in a vessel from Uruk/Warka Excavation
© Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Orient Abteilung

Discovery of the statuette of a “high priest” in a vessel from Uruk/Warka Excavation
© Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Orient Abteilung

Reconstruction of a clay cone mosaic from Uruk facade in the Vorderasiatischen Museum © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum / Olaf M. Teßmer

Reconstruction of a clay cone mosaic from Uruk facade in the Vorderasiatischen Museum © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum / Olaf M. Teßmer

Terracotta relief: Gilgamesh and Enkidu fight Humbaba, beginning 2nd millennium BCE © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum / Olaf M. Teßmer

Terracotta relief: Gilgamesh and Enkidu fight Humbaba, beginning 2nd millennium BCE © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum / Olaf M. Teßmer

A list of Sumerian deities, ca. 2400 BC. Each list entry is prefixed by the DIĜIR determinative. 
The Sumerian sign DIĜIR  originated as a star-shaped ideogram indicating a god in general, or the Sumerian god An, the supreme father of the gods. Dingir also meant sky or heaven in contrast with ki which meant earth.

A list of Sumerian deities, ca. 2400 BC. Each list entry is prefixed by the DIĜIR determinative.
The Sumerian sign DIĜIR originated as a star-shaped ideogram indicating a god in general, or the Sumerian god An, the supreme father of the gods. Dingir also meant sky or heaven in contrast with ki which meant earth.

Pegasus with the foal Equuleus next to it, as depicted in Urania’s Mirror, a set of constellation cards published in London c.1825. The horses appear upside-down in relation to the constellations around them.

Pegasus with the foal Equuleus next to it, as depicted in Urania’s Mirror, a set of constellation cards published in London c.1825. The horses appear upside-down in relation to the constellations around them.

Roman mosaic from the 2nd century AD depicting Pegasus. (Michel wal/Wikimedia Commons)

Roman mosaic from the 2nd century AD depicting Pegasus. (Michel wal/Wikimedia Commons)

Statue of Heracles (Hercules), Gilded bronze, Roman artwork, 2nd century CE.

Statue of Heracles (Hercules), Gilded bronze, Roman artwork, 2nd century CE.