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Kath Girdler Engler, shredded news paper, glue, water and (a mix introduced by Louisiana sculptor, Clyde Conell) that makes the dried material both rigid and archival. Pulp mixture is used to encrust figurative forms with rocks, vine, bone, barnacles and man made objects aged and altered by the sun, wind and water.

Kath Girdler Engler, shredded news paper, glue, water and (a mix introduced by Louisiana sculptor, Clyde Conell) that makes the dried material both rigid and archival. Pulp mixture is used to encrust figurative forms with rocks, vine, bone, barnacles and man made objects aged and altered by the sun, wind and water.

Ah Xian is a senior Chinese–Australian artist who is best known for his contemporary use of the ancient mediums of porcelain, lacquer, cloisonné and jade. ‘Metaphysica’ is the title given by Ah Xian to this ongoing series of bronze busts. Cast from life in a lengthy process, each figure is subtly different in patina and expression. Also distinguishing each one are the objects which rest on top of the busts’ heads, ranging from deities and temples to animals and lamps.

Ah Xian is a senior Chinese–Australian artist who is best known for his contemporary use of the ancient mediums of porcelain, lacquer, cloisonné and jade. ‘Metaphysica’ is the title given by Ah Xian to this ongoing series of bronze busts. Cast from life in a lengthy process, each figure is subtly different in patina and expression. Also distinguishing each one are the objects which rest on top of the busts’ heads, ranging from deities and temples to animals and lamps.

Head from a bronze statue of the Roman Emperor Alexander Severus, A.D. 222-235, Arcaeological Museum in Dion, Greece, 2009. Photo: Sofia Eulgem.

Head from a bronze statue of the Roman Emperor Alexander Severus, A.D. 222-235, Arcaeological Museum in Dion, Greece, 2009. Photo: Sofia Eulgem.

Ancient Roman silver dinari coins 40397  Silver denari coins with a side portraits and inscriptions to the front and full figures in different poses with inscription to the back. 150 AD (¾”)

Ancient Roman silver dinari coins 40397 Silver denari coins with a side portraits and inscriptions to the front and full figures in different poses with inscription to the back. 150 AD (¾”)

Portrait of a Roman Woman, Ancient Rome, 1st century Title: Portrait of a Roman Woman Place: Ancient Rome

Portrait of a Roman Woman, Ancient Rome, 1st century Title: Portrait of a Roman Woman Place: Ancient Rome

This 8 cm high carving of a human face on mammoth ivory is 26,000 years old, and was found in former Czechoslovakia. The object is the oldest portrait of a human being yet discovered. The head appears to have been fastened to a staff or baton.

This 8 cm high carving of a human face on mammoth ivory is 26,000 years old, and was found in former Czechoslovakia. The object is the oldest portrait of a human being yet discovered. The head appears to have been fastened to a staff or baton.

Embroidered Portraits by Melissa Zexter | iGNANT.de

Embroidered Portraits by Melissa Zexter

South America: The Original Cultures - Ancient Man and His First Civilizations:  Moche

South America: The Original Cultures - Ancient Man and His First Civilizations: Moche

Portraits of three reindeer and a Bouquetin (Ibex), engraved on rib bone; Fragment of decorated rib bone; Found in Courbet Cave.

Portraits of three reindeer and a Bouquetin (Ibex), engraved on rib bone; Fragment of decorated rib bone; Found in Courbet Cave.

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