First time I'd been to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh since the West Building was completed in 2010. Definitely worth exploring, especially the permanent collection. Above: Reclining Bull, circa 305-30 B.C., Greco-Egyptian. Thanks to the gestalt effect, we can tell it's a bull, apparently in the same essential way as people living more than 2,000 years ago did.
Roman Mosaic, approximately 1800 years old: marble, glass, pattern and color. Groovy contemplation.
This painted Sicilian vase from about 2,250 years ago is downright astonishing. Its accompanying information card is a bit saucy: "A woman with a tambourine leads the procession toward a door, a symbol of both the groom's house and that of Hades, god of the Underworld . . . The appearance of protective friends, Erotes and a Nike, is appropriate for both the major transitions in a woman's life: marriage and death." Today's Rune: Signals.