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Bust of Aristotle. Marble, after a Greek bronze original by Lysippos from 330 BC; the alabaster mantle is a modern addition. National Museum of Rome - Palazzo Altemps

Bust of Aristotle. Marble, after a Greek bronze original by Lysippos from 330 BC; the alabaster mantle is a modern addition. National Museum of Rome - Palazzo Altemps

Flying Eros holding a hare. Black-figure olpe. Greek, early 5th century BC.  Capitoline Museums, Rome

Flying Eros holding a hare. Black-figure olpe. Greek, early 5th century BC. Capitoline Museums, Rome

Offering vessel in the shape of a seashell, dates to about 425 B.C. Greek, made of marble.  Getty Villa Museum.

Offering vessel in the shape of a seashell, dates to about 425 B.C. Greek, made of marble. Getty Villa Museum.

Originally painted in bright colors, this marble sphinx has the head of a young woman, the body of a young lioness, avian wings, and a snakelike tail. “This makes you think about beauty and especially female beauty as being both enchanting and dangerous,” says curator Kiki Karoglou.  |  Marble capital and finial in the form of a sphinx (detail) | ca. 530 BCE | Greek, Attic  |  Metropolitan Museum of Art

Originally painted in bright colors, this marble sphinx has the head of a young woman, the body of a young lioness, avian wings, and a snakelike tail. “This makes you think about beauty and especially female beauty as being both enchanting and dangerous,” says curator Kiki Karoglou. | Marble capital and finial in the form of a sphinx (detail) | ca. 530 BCE | Greek, Attic | Metropolitan Museum of Art

Head of Ptolemy II or III  Period: Ptolemaic Period Reign: reign of Ptolemy III Euergetes I Date: 246–222 B.C. Geography: Egypt Medium: Black bronze

Head of Ptolemy II or III Period: Ptolemaic Period Reign: reign of Ptolemy III Euergetes I Date: 246–222 B.C. Geography: Egypt Medium: Black bronze

Earring from Egypt New Kingdom, Ramesside Dynasty, ca. 1295–1186 B.C. Gold, lapis lazuli

Earring from Egypt New Kingdom, Ramesside Dynasty, ca. 1295–1186 B.C. Gold, lapis lazuli

Ancient Egyptian arched harp (shoulder harp) frem c. 1390-1295 BCE, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ancient Egyptian arched harp (shoulder harp) frem c. 1390-1295 BCE, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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