-Bes, protector against evil-Roman copy from Cyprus -Hittite Lion 6C BCE -ALEXANDER -Midas tomb bracelets -pitcher -Phrygia 740 BCE -Alexander rides from Hittite lions across the ancient gods & griffins to Midas gold at the Archeological Museum ©TriciVenola 2012 Solid Bronze Baubles
-Bronze cart ornaments -Nicomedia (Ismit) 3rdC AD -Terracotta bull’s head 3rd C BC -Empress Galla Placida, Early 5thC AD -Good Shepherd marble 6thC AD -Ceramic plate Byzantine -Istanbul Arkeolocikal Muse -More running around the museum. ©TriciVenola 2012
Just love drawing this stuff.
-Vize Tumulus -Bronze -Roman Period -Kirklareli 1st C BC -Tykhe Goddess of Destiny -2ndC AD -Bronze bust of Aelia Eudocia: early 5thC AD -Marble satyr mask 2ndC AD Bithynia -Terracotta 1-2C AD -Bronze bulls 1C AD Thrace -Male Bronze stand Claudiopolis (Bolu) 1C AD -Big Faces Agape at the Archeological Museum
A favorite drawing. The bust of Empress Eudocia at center is a weight for measuring goods. She was the much-loved Empress of Theodosius II.
-Medeni Çinar from Siirt -Sea God Niomedia 2C AD ©TriciVenola 2012
Two great big mugs~ One in a cafe and one at the entrance to the Byzantine Museum.
Nizam in 2004
-A good session drawing Nizam from a photo taken 9 years ago in 2004. Balkan rollick and BB King, it’s snowing outside. 8 January 2013. ©TriciVenola 2013
Another mug: probably my last drawing of this guy, but what a subject: the model for “Kazim” in my short story “A Fine Kettle of Fish,” in
Tales From the Expat Harem and Best Travel Writing 2006.
His wife and daughter were undoubtedly inside, lost in raptures at being completely surrounded by ormolu. After a couple of days drawing all this French Ottoman froufrou, I was just finishing up when this guy stomped out of the palace and flopped down on the bench. I couldn’t resist!
The tree and the palace decor are likely the same vintage: 18thC. The Ottomans built this palace after 1453. One Sultan’s mother was French, and it shows.
Topkapi Palace in progress. Sorry, lovely couple who took this picture, I’ve lost your name!