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Born Of The Sea - Rare Greek Artifact Found! by QueenHalloween Born Of The Sea - Rare Greek Artifact Found! by QueenHalloween
:iconnox-openquoteplz:A glittering mosaic of colored tile-stones once decorated the wall of a worship temple for the great Greek god Poseidon with scenes of four white horses of supernatural origin.

This newly excavated discovery, found in a small, abandoned village of Greece, not only depicts a rare subject, but it's also extremely good-quality for something that had been abused for so long, said dig archaeologist Max Buckingham. Ironically there are signs of water damage and many cracks run through the faded tiles. Regardless, the mosaic is very breathtaking and one of a kind.
In a mosaic, "the smaller the tiles, the finer and more detailed the art," Buckingham told us. "These tiles are very small and fine, perfect for such a piece. Each one had been hand painted individually and put into place directly on the wall. If you consider all the detail that has survived all these years, we can conclude the artist was using extremely advance methods for their time." And perhaps even had the favor of the gods?

The mosaic depicts the four white horses of Poseidon, said to be of a breed that had been created by the gods themselves and had been blessed with great powers. According to the legend, Poseidon chose four of these heroic steeds to pull his chariot all across the seas. The horses were always white stallions and had cropped manes and long, wavy feathering. Every century, a new team of horses was selected from the foals born for their bravery, speed and intelligence. The chosen horses had their manes grown out and braided til the day of their initiation, in which Poseidon himself would clip their manes into the valiant mohawk that was like a medal of honor for these water horses. The myth of this fictional breed of horse goes on to tell of their banishment from Olympus because of two forbidden lovers. Eventually these horses were replaced by hippocampi, literally "sea horses", which you usually see in more modern Greek art. "The hippocampus stole the spotlight when it comes to Greek mythology," Buckingham said. "You hardly find any art or literature about these mysterious horses. Therefore we don't know a lot about them, like what powers they had and what happened to them. This shows that this piece is extremely old." It was indeed an unique find.

The archaeologists uncovered the mosaic last month. A student on his first dig was carefully scraping away at the dirt with a brush when he felt the hard surface of the mosaic and called Buckingham over to help.
Together they uncovered the ancient mosaic, which has been titled "Born Of The Sea". This is the first time this beautiful piece of art has seen the light of the sun in over a thousand years. Archaeologists will continue to dig around in this area to see what other clues to the past they can find. The fate of the mosaic is currently undetermined. :iconnox-closequoteplz:
~ BBK News


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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my, this is so amazing. Everything about it. It's just... brilliant! Wonderful work :heart:
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QueenHalloween Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Thank you so much :D
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome (:
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blanjojo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing idea :la: awesome!!!
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StableDaydreams Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just pure amazing! Such an awesome idea!
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ShadowRaven1 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
I love how you did this. Not only is the image amazing but I love how you gave us a look at his past without having anything revealed to him. Incredibly creative! :heart:
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QueenHalloween Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Ahh, I'm so excited someone noticed/appreciated that. :la:
Thank you so much! :heart:
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ShadowRaven1 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
I definitely did and do! Very clever! :D
You're welcome!
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Sammy-Harlan Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013   General Artist
THIS LOOKS FABUUUUUUUUUUUUU SLAYA!!!! :la: Really, the shading and color composition is marvelous!!!! :D AWESOME WORKS BY TEH SLAYA :dummy:
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QueenHalloween Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Eee! :happybounce:, thank ya kindly mista~ :la: <3
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Sammy-Harlan Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013   General Artist
But of course! 8-)
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alexpeanut Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart:
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Cloudrunner64 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just too gorgeous. At first I was super confused like hay wtf, white horses yes that's nice but how does this relate--ooooh. :lol: Beautiful work! Love the glowing eyes, the way there are tiles missing in some places...just amazing. :heart:
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QueenHalloween Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
LMAO! :lmao:
I actually stuck my Lucien in there - the third horse from the left. Hey, getting a few extra points doesn't hurt~ :giggle:
Thank you so much! :la: <3
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Cloudrunner64 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ALL THE POINTS! :iconallthethingsplz: I don't see why not, he fits in quite well after all!
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QueenHalloween Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Exactly! :giggle:
Also it kinda explains why his hair is braided like it is. I'm so smartical! :dummy: /shot
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Cloudrunner64 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The smartest! :eyes:
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Mirackles Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy- :icondeanoplz:

This.
This is brilliance.
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QueenHalloween Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
LOL squee~ Yay, thank you so much! :la: <3
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Kamieno Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
W... Wow ;.;
THANK GOD FOR TEXTURES AMIRIGHT?! XD
... Unless you painted this pixel for pixel o_o I commend you. :worship:
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QueenHalloween Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
LOL
I can safely say I'm not that crazy. GOTTA LOVE TEXTURES! :lmao:
Thanks! :heart:
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StormCoyote Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! :D
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beerbaumb Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart: simply stunning! :la:
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QueenHalloween Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Thank you so much!! :glomp:
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beerbaumb Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:love: you're welcome :iconletmehugyouplz:
<3
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