TIMUTEO TUT by Siphillis Bronchitus Avon 300BC
A common misconception that artwork of this era is based is based on plant life, this piece is widely believed to be a representation of the form of a tree, or in Greek-Aremaic, Traius.
On closer inspection, one can see the subtle and deft details the craftsman has created on the form, though some of this may have worn away with time (acidic compounds in an advanced sewer system may have contributed to soil deconstruction).
Small markings; the hint of an eye, a slight indentation of a mouth, small holes for a nose.
It I impossible to separate the art work from the artist, and if we look to Avon’s diaries, we can see the special bond he (and many BC Greek Aramaics) had with their household (or pet) tortoises.
This is a piece crafted with love, akin to the Egyptian’s desire for intimacy with their feline counterparts. It is perhaps appropriate to mention the incredible colouring, which is both original, beyond its time, and has survived through the centuries to blind us now with its purity and brilliance. To achieve such a green in clay work such as this, and would have taken much time and talent from Avon. I personally believe the colour is achieved from a year long process of…