Ancient Greek artefacts don't have to be large to impress: take this tiny carved gemstone

By Lily Withycombe, Curator
January 14 2022 - 1:00pm
Nike on a gemstone - engraved seal stone (detail), chalcedony, about 350-300 BCE

As you can imagine, it's tough to choose favourites from over 170 exquisite pieces, which vary so greatly in terms of their size and material - from huge statues of victorious athletes, standing to around two metres tall, to much smaller coins, arrowheads, and pieces of jewellery. It can sometimes be easy to overlook some of the smaller pieces in an exhibition of this scale. So I'm going to begin these profiles by focusing on one of the smallest objects in the exhibition to encourage you to seek it out during your visit. It's worth it!

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