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Fri Dec 22nd, 2017

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09:54 pm - Not so colourless
Way back in the day, the ROM had a scale model of the Parthenon with a regrettably fat-faced Athena which one of my Classics profs basically ascribed to 'I told them but they wouldn't listen to me.' It was coloured, because even fifty years ago people knew that Greek statues were painted. Looked like crap, I must say.

Now there's an exhibit of Greek statuary models coloured with the kind of dyes the Greeks would have used. The linked German page presumably has more, but they won't load in my browser. And, um, yes. The 18th and 19th century Hellenist fanbois would have had fits at the gaudiness of the thing.

The coloured terracotta warriors were much more refined.

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Date:December 23rd, 2017 03:29 am (UTC)
Ouch. Yes, those are ... vigorous.
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Date:December 26th, 2017 08:16 am (UTC)
Color was expensive, it makes sense. And I like the gaudiness of the things!

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