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Today, we conclude our journey through Animals in Ancient Art [Part 1 here; Part 2 here], featuring works on view at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA. The Chrysler Museum is free to the public, so you can enjoy a day strolling amongst the exhibits.

These works of art, used for everyday purposes or ritualistic activities, come from the Roman Empire, Greece, and Egypt. As shown here, animals have long inspired the imaginations of artists and artisans. The oldest object featured in this gallery is an Egyptian tomb lintel with hieroglyphs, dated to 2375-2287 B.C.E. [Before Common Era] — which means it is over 4,300 years old!

[Related: How Do Scientists Date Ancient Things?]

Note: Photos of 4 Egyptian figurines are from Chrysler.org website; my photos of those objects did not turn out well.

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Today we continue our journey through Animals in Ancient Art, featuring works on view at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia. The Chrysler Museum is free to the public, so you can see how impressive these works are, up-close.

As shown here, animals have inspired objects created for daily use and ritual use for many centuries. The bond between humans and animals is not a modern creation; animals have been revered for their strength, wisdom, and as symbols of good fortune throughout history.

Learn more about the symbolism of animals in ancient Chinese art. 

The artworks in this gallery were collected in Persia, China, and Japan. The oldest object in the selection presented here is a Chinese wine jug featuring birds and fish; it is dated to approximately 500 B.C.E. [Before Common Era].

This is only a sampling of the items you’ll find in the museum’s collection. Enjoy!

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Recently, we blogged about Animals In Art, featuring contemporary artworks spotlighting our beloved pets. At Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, we know that animals have been revered throughout human history as a source of fascination and inspiration.

Today, we begin a walk through Animals in Ancient Art, featuring works on view at the Chrysler Museum. The Chrysler Museum is free to the public, so grab a friend or loved one and see these amazing works [some estimated at over a thousand years old!] for yourself.

Today’s journey through Animals in Ancient Art begins in the Americas (Mesoamerica). Many of these sculptures are estimated to have been created in the years 100-900 C.E. [Common Era, aka A.D.], and one may have originated in 100 B.C.E. [Before Common Era]. The “cat cloth” is estimated to have been created in the years 1100 – 1460 C.E. For complete details on the age and origin of each piece, visit the Chrysler Museum. 

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