The Ancient Library

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besieging warriors and winged sphinxes showing the influence of Assyrian and Egyptian art (Cesnola's Cyprus, p. 277; Daremberg, fig. 927); the Munich vase, with representations of captive Trojans, in low relief ; the magnificent amphora of the 4th century b.c., found at Nicopol in South Russia in the tomb of a Scythian king with a frieze in high relief running round the upper part, representing Scythians tarn-

cup, found at the ancient Antium, and sometimes supposed to be copied from a Greek original by Zop^rus (ib., fig. 976); the paterae of Hildesheim (g.v.), about the time of Augustus ; that of Rennes, of the 3rd century a.d., in the Paris Cabinet des Antiques (ib. 972); and the vases from Bernay in the same collection. Further, in the British Museum we have a number of embossed and chased caskets, vases, or

(5) * THE CA6TELLANI CISTA. (British Musenro.)

ing and tending their horses, while the body of the vase is covered with ornaments


(Berlin Museum.)

in repousse", including large birds and flowers (Daremberg, fig. 975); the Corsini

ornaments, found at Rome in 1793, and ascribed to the end of the 5th century a.d. As a late Roman specimen of 6pusinterr0.sUl, or open work in which part of the silver is cut away on the same general principle as in fig. 5, we have a canthdrus of dark red glass mounted in silver gilt, found near Tiflis in 1871, and now in the Museum of the Hermitage, St. Petersburg (fig. 7).

One of the richest collections of Greek jewellery, that of the Hermitage Museum, comes from the ancient Panticapseum (Kertch). The Vatican and the Louvre con­tain remarkable specimens of Etrusco-Greek jewels, mainly found at Vulci and Caere. Modern ingenuity has at present failed to recover the secret of the process of " granu­lation " employed in many of these jewela, a kind of decoration in which the surface of the gold leaf is covered with minute and almost invisible globules of gold (see fron­tispiece to Martha's L''Art Etrusque). The Antiquarium of Munich possesses a votive crown of gold, superbly executed, with

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