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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Harvard Art Museums : Room 3460

Harvard Art Museums – Room 3460

Art From Us, Museum Guide

Art From Us presents a must-see Museum Guide daily, where we showcase specific artworks in specific museums – from across the globe. Today, for Art From Us, Museum Guide #890 the spotlight is on the Harvard Art Museums’ Room 3460. Showcasing a collection of Art of the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East

The three works in focus are :

Fragment of a Wall Relief : Head of a Winged Protective Spirit, 883-859 BCE
Mosaic Pavement Fragment with a Peahen, 5th-6th centuries 
Sphinx, 550-540 BCE

The significance of the 3 works chosen for Art From Us, Museum Guide

According to the digital catalogue of the Harvard Art Museums :

“The colonnades and galleries around the courtyard are dedicated to the art of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East, from the third millennium BCE to the first millennium CE. The galleries show objects from Egypt, Iran and Mesopotamia, Greece, and the Roman Empire, respectively…”

The objects of Room 3460 are all fragments of larger pieces that were destroyed over time. These pieces however survived due to their durability, since they are made from stone.

As is seen from the works above, artists of the time drew inspiration from nature – including plants, animals, birds etc. Apart from this, their works also perhaps echoed folklore and mythology of the time, as is suggested by the head of the protective spirit.

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