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#1 Dewtey

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 10:34 AM

Incredible detail on this 1.4" carved rock.

 

https://www.scienced...71107092910.htm

 

Archaeologists are documenting artifacts contained within their amazing 2015 find, the tomb of the Griffin Warrior in Greece. But the 3,500-year-old treasures include their most stunning historical offering yet: an intricately carved gem, or sealstone, that represents one of the finest works of prehistoric Greek art ever found.

 

 

Can't upload image, but the link has a fantastic closeup.


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Posted 08 November 2017 - 11:14 AM

The art is incredible, and it was a 1200 years before the classical Greek civilization.

 

You may like this link too, long article with more details and pictures of the dig and other artifacts.

 

GRAVE OF THE GRIFFIN WARRIOR FOUND AT THE
PALACE OF NESTOR, Pylos, GREECE

 

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 11:20 AM

Amazing. I hope they show the artifacts after the cleanup.



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Posted 08 November 2017 - 11:50 AM

Very good find.



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Posted 08 November 2017 - 07:30 PM

Better link for the seal here:

http://magazine.uc.e...asterpiece.html
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#6 Ath3na

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 07:59 PM

Tracing:
 
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#7 silylene

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 12:02 AM

Many of the seal’s details, such as the intricate weaponry ornamentation, become clear only when viewed via photomicroscopy.

 

The seal artist's attention to detail and use of stylized faces make the Pylos Combat Agate one of the finest works of prehistoric Greek art ever discovered.

 

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And from the photogallery link I posted earlier:

 

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The gold box-weave chain with “sacral ivy” finials.


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Close-up of beads of the gold chain.


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Close-up of chain and beads.


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Close-up of “sacral ivy” finials.



#8 Bill Slugg

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 09:17 PM

Agate is quartz, Moh's hardness of 7. This was carved long before the iron age. The most likely carving tool materials would have been corundum (ruby, sapphire) at hardness 9, or diamond at hardness 10.



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Posted 09 November 2017 - 10:12 PM

Or my [alleged] heart:  hardness = +1


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Posted 10 November 2017 - 11:25 AM

That's the one in a jar on your desk, right, Ath3na?   :moose:


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Posted 10 November 2017 - 11:33 AM

This one?

 

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 11:43 AM

Agate is quartz, Moh's hardness of 7. This was carved long before the iron age. The most likely carving tool materials would have been corundum (ruby, sapphire) at hardness 9, or diamond at hardness 10.

 

 

Given the rarity/expense of the tooling required, this seal stone was made for someone important.  But how would the craftsman have shaped corundum or diamond into useable bits?  Hit one with a hammer(stone), and root through the shrapnel?  Kind of a pricey way to make tools, and not done for your average apprentice stone-carver, I would think.


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Posted 11 November 2017 - 11:38 AM

Yes, rubies and diamonds occur naturally in India. Smash one with a hammer and sort out the tiny pieces, mount on the end of a stick with resin. Had to have good eyesight too. Probably a youngster.

 

BTW, Ath3na's heart comes in at 11 on the enhanced Moh's scale. It is not linear. Obviously.


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