Location: Louvre

Preparations for a Sacrifice, fragment from an architectural relief, c. mid-first century C.E., marble, 172 x 211 cm / 67¾ x 83⅛ inches (Musée du Louvre, Paris)
Animal sacrifice played an important role in ancient Roman religion, but what was involved in the preparation?

Preparations for a Sacrifice

Bits of the Parthenon have been spirited all over the world—in Paris, a fragment shows religious life in Athens.

Plaque of the Ergastines

Niobid Painter, "Niobid Krater," Attic red-figure calyx-krater, c. 460-50 B.C.E., 54 x 56 cm (Musée du Louvre)
The gods Apollo and Artemis exact revenge for their mother, in an early attempt at showing depth in ancient Greek art.

Niobid Krater

Statue of a woman, known as the "Lady of Auxerre," c. 650-625 B.C.E., Daedalic style, limestone, 75 cm high, Eleutherna, Crete (?), Greece, (Musée du Louvre, Paris)
The Lady of Auxerre stands at the beginning of the history of Greek sculpture, offering a promise of what is to come.

Lady of Auxerre

Bushel with ibex motifs
This beautiful pot was created over 5,000 years ago, and its decoration echoes its shape.

Bushel with ibex motifs