Antiques from the Hellenistic Period

Art during the Hellenistic period was focused on bronze and marble sculptures, as well as on striking mosaics.  It followed the time of Alexander the Great’s conquest, although  there was very little Greek cultural influence in either Asia or Europe at the time.  The period  is often seen as one of decline, not at all similar to what precluded it (Greek Classical Era) or what followed it (Roman Empire).

One example of a Hellenistic piece is a Bronze figure of Serapis seated on a throne.  It depicts a man with long hair which covers his neck.  He has a strong, bold look to him, with a quite distant expression.  Serapis was a Hellenistic-Egyptian god, well-known for his Serapium of Alexandria Temple.

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