But I was struck by just how many ancient artworks have a strangely contemporary feel to them. I've posted a few photos to show what I mean. The first set of figurines is over 3000 years old. The wall plaque is native American and is over 100 years old. The curious polar bear type outfit is also about a century old but looks like it's walked off the set of The Mighty Boosh. The wooden statue dates from around 1000 years ago. However, the crystal skull is surprisingly new. For a long time, it was believed to be Aztec but modern dating techniques now show that this one, at least, was made in the late 19th century.
Wouldn't it be just hilarious if someone used the same tests on the Venus de Milo and found that it was made of Das sometime in the 1950s?
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