Antiquity Art 
/5th century BC 3rd century AD/
hall 16
 
As an intermediary in the multiform exchange between the two worlds the Mediterranean and the Thrace, the antique Odessos became a center for development of culture and fine arts. Some early sculptures from the 5th century BC hint that the town art developed parallel to the great Mediterranean art. One of those masterpieces is the head of Apollo /from Odessos/ which belongs to a group of monuments created by the great Greek sculptor Kalamis and his students.
Among the other sculptural monuments, for their high quality, should be distinguished the portrait of a young woman from Odessos /2nd 3rd century AD/, the head of Dionisius, the statue group representing playing children /from Marcianopolis 2nd 3rd century AD/, as well as Dionisius on horseback from Odessos /2nd 3rd century AD/. Exceptionally beautiful are the marble heads of the health-bringing deities Asklepius and Hygia found in a sanctuary in Odessos /1st 3rd century AD/, a child's head from Odessos /1st century BC/, a statuette of Herculais from Varna region /2nd 3rd century AD/.
The small stone plastics also represent the art of Odessos from 1st 3rd centuries AD among which prevail the images of Apollo, Aphrodite, Cybella, Hygia, Asklepius and Artemis.
Exhibited is also a part of the rich museum collection of bronze plastics gathered from Odessos and its vicinities. Among the exhibits of special interest are the wonderful vessels for keeping balm oils in the form of various figures busts of a young and of an old barbarian, a sitting monkey, statuettes of Tuhe, Dionisius, Hermes, Darzalas, and many others.

Central place in the exhibition takes the bronze ritual vessel which is the only vessel of that kind in the world found wholly preserved in Dionisopolis /today's town of Baltchik/. The vessel is decorated with relieves representing the ancient Greek myth about Ephigeny in Tauris /1st century AD/.

 
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