Laser Engraving in Ancient Greece?

engraving

#1

This is a fascinating story, the piece it is talking about is shown about half-way down.

Anyone feel like trying to engrave an agate in response?


Gave leather a try (Grecian cuff)
#2

lol, saw it this afternoon and already tucked it into the Artsy folder.
Looks pretty detailed


#3

For something hand-carved with bronze tools it appears almost miraculous


#4

Wow. An archeologist’s dream. And they are not done with the excavation and cleaning–imagine what else could be in there.

Thanks for the link!


#5

That is extraordinary. What astounds me is the detail in the muscles of the Human body. I have 30+ years experience with crafting precious metal and gems into jewelry with the cutting power of diamond and modern tools. Lapidary is among those skills and I know I couldn’t come close to this level.

In terms of the wonder this inspires, it’s on the level of the Antikythera mechanism.


#6

That was the first thing I thought of, too.


#7

I’d give that a like, but i’m exhausted in supply. :+1:

Edit; because there is too much going on here now and not enough likes @dan


#8

How little we know, and how odd we give our ancestors so little credit for being driven by the same imagination that drives us.

John


#9

You said it much better than I could. I tend to think of our ancestors as people who were only concerned about how to keep themselves and their families alive for another day in a world that was usually harsh and unforgiving. Then I see something like this and it reminds me that they loved beauty as much as we do – maybe more for the very reason that life was so much harder then.


#10

And they weren’t distracted by TV :grinning:


#11

Would reply to this, but currently watching a movie while surfing the Internet…


#12

Wow!


#13

What a thing of beauty and aww. Just had to do it.

(Edited to add this was done done the “photo” engrave settings on draftboard. I saved the picture from the article. Converted to grey-scale, adjusted the contrast, highlights and shadows and sharpened it. I then did a lot of touching up with a the paintbrush. Added black lines that were missing and, more importantly, used white to clean up some of the muddy grey pixles in the face and other dark areas.)


#14

Amazing!


#15

Another must-have after the founder’s ruler ?
Badge for forgers ?


#16

Ancient Astronauts :nerd_face:


#17

great read and incredible art :slight_smile:


#18

What’s wrong, can’t multitask? :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


#19

Well I was also having a drink, so that’s three things at once!


#20

Hahaha the “I have slayed the GF” badge for advanced users lol