Sketches for 2014, number 17 — Nutcracker

Location: Taranto, Italy
A Greek bronze and gold nutcracker from late 4th to early 3rd century BC.

Description at the Taranto Archaeological National Museum (on show here):

Female forearms with pressed hands, with internal hinge for real use; below the wrist, spiralled gold lamina bracelets with terminals in the shape of serpent heads.

140307 taranto nutcracker



My sketch debt

I owe 5 sketches!
Sketch 18: Sunday 23rd February
Sketch 19: Wednesday 26th February
Sketch 20: Saturday 1st March
Sketch 21: Tuesday 4th March
Sketch 22: Friday 7th March

This post is part of a series of sketches for 2014 that I will be posting every 3rd day. I will draw people and things from around the world that I find beautiful or interesting. The series will end on 29th December 2014 with post number 121.



  1. ELW Essence

    Hi Tim, I was in Taranto yesterday with work, didn’t visit the museum as I was dashing to the different offices I had to visit, the place is so old and hardly well kept on one side and so pretty on the other. Great scenery drawing inspiration!

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