Tuesday, 18 February 2014

National Archaeological Museum - Athens Day 3 - The Antikythera Wreck

The Antikythera Wreck dates from the 1st Century BC. It was discovered off the Greek island of Antikythera in 1900.

Glass bowl with two multi-leaved olive branches extending around it. On the bottom is an eight petalled rosette.

 Glass striped mosaic bowl.

 Left arm of a larger than life sized bronze boxer statue. Heavy thongs are wrapped around the wrist, thumb and hand for protection.

 Statue of a boy made of Parian marble. The boy is depicted nude and half bent over with his head raised. The upper part of his torso leans sharply forward. It may be the statue of a wrestler assuming his position before a match. The left side of the statue has been corroded by sea organisms. The right side was buried under sediment and well preserved.

The Antikythera Mechanism - 7 large pieces and 75 smaller fragments made of bronze. The fragments may or may not belong to the mechanism. The mechanism contained gears, dials, scales, axles and pointers. The Greek inscriptions refer to astronomical and calendar calculations, with instructions for its use. It was contained in a wooden box. Originally thought to be an astrolabe, it is now believed to be an advanced mechanical calculator.

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