Ariadne Galleries

London Art Week 2016
30 June - 8 July 2016, 10.00 - 18.00
6 Hill Street, London
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The world’s first civilizations were united in their need to defend themselves in the name of their chiefdom, kingdom or empire. Yet, they were also united by a shared desire to project artistic and personal expression through their weapons and armour. This exhibition centres on the often overlooked importance of the artistic adornment of arms and armour, which helped to reinforce these objects’ protective capabilities, enhance pomp and ceremony, and promote social status. It is a celebration of cross-cultural aesthetics as represented in the style and symbolism of diverse militaria, from the simple brilliant elegance of a third millennium BC Phoenician gold axe head, and the ceremonial significance of a Chinese helmet from the Zhou Dynasty, to the ritually mutilated state of two fine swords – all of which celebrated the military prowess and achievements of their owners on the battlefield and beyond.