December 15, 2010

Monsters coming to Carlos Museum

The worst nightmares of the ancient world will be explored beginning in February at the Carlos Museum.

 “Monsters, Demons, and Winged-Beasts: Composite Creatures of the Ancient World” opens Feb. 5 to June 19. 

Over 150 objects — cylinder seals, vases, decorated armor — explore richly imagined creatures from imagery the Greeks borrowed from ancient Egypt and the Near East.

From the human-headed bird to the winged horse Pegasus and the fire-snorting lion with a serpent’s tail, this exhibition illustrates the ways in which these creatures have appeared through millennia, and how their significance changed over time.

“The oldest object in ‘Monsters, Demons, and Winged-Beasts’ dates from 4000 BCE, while the most recent is approximately 1400 years old,” says Jasper Gaunt, Carlos curator of Greek and Roman art. “More than a dozen independent civilizations are represented, in a geographical area stretching from Spain to Northwest China, from Egypt to France.”

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