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Armento, Lukania

Ancient Greece. Birth land of civilization. The year…2nd half of
the 5th century, B.C. The place…Armento, Lukania.

I marvel at the ancient craftsmen. How did they do it? Enormous
patience, I imagine. Enormous patience…coupled–I imagine
again–with a no-need-for- a-quick-buck economy. Even if the skills of
the craftsmen of old were around today…they could not afford to
produce what they produced when the world was younger.

There resides–if my German translation is on the mark–in the
National Antique Collection in Munich, Germany (Staatliche
Antikensammlungen), a wreath of gold foil and gold wire created by the
hands of what was surely the most skilled of artisans of the
day…name unknown. Of course, I scanned it for you to see…for what
good are words without pictures? Well, actually words without pictures
ain’t half bad…but in this case pictures help.

I will describe it to you as I doubt you will be able to see all the
details due to the fact that the graphic would be far too large to do
justice to it. Our wreath, blessed and sanctified by a man named
Creithonius whose name is inscribed on the piece, is a cluster of ivy
enhanced with blossoms, bees, and winged figures of gods.

There is no other history on this piece available to me…so…I am
sorry to say…this Tidbit is short and sweet. However…there is this
to look forward to. In finding this wreath…I found a stunning
graphic that I will present to you next week. It consists of a
creature in nature that has both male and female organs…and when
they meet…they really meet. I give you that little tidbit to look
forward to. In the meantime…I wish you all a most Happy Mother’s
Day…and apologize for the brevity of this week’s issue.

Now then…for those of you who are new to this thing called
Tidbits…may I direct you to my home page at
where you will scroll down the table menu till you get to the box
that says Tidbits…and inside the box where it says Tidbit
Graphics…click on the link that says: Wreath…where you will see a
rendering of a true work of art.

And there ya have it.
That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.
Benjamin Mark

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