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Heron Signet Ring


The model for the drawing was a photograph of a flying heron on a chalcedony gem signed by the artist, Dexamenos of Chios. Let’s say 450 BCE when the ring was made, so it’s at least 2,400 years old. It’s not apparent from my effort, but the heron on the ring is depicted in a naturalistic, dynamic manner. Dexamenos was truly a master of his craft. Many of the photos that I use as models are from an old copy of John Boardman’s Greek Art. I bought it at a used book stall and it was already falling apart so I feel no compunctions about pulling the book to pieces for my use. People interested in obtaining a recent copy of the work (which I highly recommend) may click the Amazon link below:

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