Any chronological account of the origin and evolution of a sculpture should occupy several volumes, if not a whole library, respectively, its summary means that most of the historical facts will inevitably be omitted. Nevertheless, even such a far from complete excursion into the history of sculpture will be replete with wonderful stories of extraordinary masters who directed their talent to create marble, terracotta, bronze sculptures and reliefs. The works of sculptors do not lose relevance in our time.
Prehistoric and Neolithic sculpture
The history of sculpture originates in the Stone Age. The earliest known works (for example, “Venus from Berekhat Rama” and “Venus from Tan-Tan”) date from about 230,000–200,000 BC.
Venus from Berehat Ram
The objects of prehistoric sculpture were various animals and human figures. The material for the works was mammoth Continue reading
For many people, winter is clearly associated with snowdrifts, New Year, Christmas tree, the smell of fresh needles, tangerines and cinnamon. But do you know what a real winter fairy tale looks like? Harbin’s annual snow and ice festival can let you see first-hand what it is! How can I turn ordinary snow into an exciting magical country. Where everyone can again feel that same, forgotten by adults, children’s sense of faith in miracles.
Every year in Harbin, in the province of Heilongjiang (China), an event is held, which, today, without a doubt, can be called one of the most ambitious in the world – this is an international festival of snow and ice. Participants create ice and snow sculptures that amaze their imagination with their filigree Continue reading
Nowhere is a cat revered like in Egypt. The complex metaphorical meaning that world mythology endowed with the image of this beautiful intelligent animal, the Egyptians reduced to positive, pleasant to human consciousness concepts – such as kindness, home hearth, fun, love, motherhood, fertility, protective forces.
In ancient Egypt, there was a very significant cult of the goddess – the cat Bastet (Bast), which was also considered the personification of sunlight and moonlight. The goddess was portrayed as a maiden with a cat’s head or in the form of a lioness. Bastet was considered the daughter of Osiris and Isis. Prayers were dedicated to her: “She can bestow life and strength, all the health and joy of the heart” or “I am a cat, the mother of life.” In her honor, cats were worshiped, mummified, a mouse was placed next to them so that cats had something to have fun and eat in the afterlife.
In Egypt, cats were mummified, a mouse was placed nearby, so that cats had something to have fun and eat in the afterlife Continue reading