History of art rewritten as archaeologists unearth 3,500-year-old carving of ancient Greek battle
The history of art has been rewritten after archeologists unearthed an astonishing 3,500 year old carving of an ancient Greek battle, depicting human bodies in anatomical detail which was thought way beyond the skill of Bronze Age artisans. In 2015, the tomb of the so-called ʽGriffin Warriorʼ was discovered near the ancient city of Pylos, southwest Greece, containing the remains of a powerful Myceneaen warrior and a treasure trove of burial riches. Dating from around 1,500BC the grave also held a intricately carved gem, or sealstone, which was covered in limestone. The seal, named the ʽPylos Combat Agateʼ has been hailed as one of the finest works of prehistoric Greek art ever discovered and may depict the mythological war between the Trojans and Mycenaeans, which was told in Homerʼs Iliad hundreds of years later. The find is all the more remarkable because of its tiny size. The tiny piece of agate measures just 1.4 inches in length (3.6cm) and many of the details such as the ornamentation on the shields and jewellery are too small to be viewed with the naked eye.
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