Serpentarium Mundi by Alexei Alexeev The Ancient Ophidian Iconography Resource (Mundus Vetus, 3000 BC - 650 AD)
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  SCULPTURES & RELIEFS ADORNMENTS & TOOLS COINS VASES PAINTINGS & MOSAICS MANUSCRIPTS
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T HE COMPENDIUM focuses on iconographical (visual) records, with the textual component limited to brief descriptions and references.

The contents are divided into six specialized volumes, organized according to artistic medium or object function:

VOLUME I: SCULPTURES & RELEFS. Selection of three-dimensional art objects: sculptures and reliefs in a variety of materials (stone, terracotta, bronze, wood, etc.).

VOLUME II: ADORNMENTS & TOOLS. Selection of decorative art objects: jewellery, talismans, seals, and arma-ments in a variety of materials (gemstone, gold, ivory, etc.).

VOLUME III: COINS. Selection of numismatic and exonumic objects: coins, contourniates, and medallions in a variety of materials (bronze, silver, electrum, gold, etc.).

VOLUME IV: VASES. Selection of decorated vessels: vases, urns, bottles, jugs, cups, bowls, and plates in a variety of materials (ceramic, bronze, silver, gold, glass, etc.).

VOLUME V: PAINTINGS & MOSAICS. Selection of two-dimensional art objects: paintings, murals, and mosaics in a variety of materials (encaustic, tempera, stone, etc.).

VOLUME VI: MANUSCRIPTS. Selection of illuminated manuscripts: scrolls and codices in a variety of materials (papyrus, vellum, parchment, palm leaf, etc.).
 
Each volume is divided into six specialized chapters, based on the type of iconographical subject and the context:

Chapter 1: Reptiles & Amphibians. Iconographical record of reptiles (snakes, lizards, crocodilians, turtles) and amphibians (salamanders, frogs).

Chapter 2: Real Animals. Iconographical record of real animals (bulls, eagles, elephants, lions, etc.), associated with ophiomorphs, and "pseudo-ophiomorphic" species (octopus).

Chapter 3: Fantastic Creatures. Iconographical record of mythological herpetomorphs (serpents, etc.), ichthyomorphs (ketea, etc.), and ornithomorphs (gryphon, etc.).

Chapter 4: Deities & Spirits. Iconographical record of deities (Apollo, Asclepios, Athena, etc.), nature spirits (river-gods, nymphs), and personifications (Aegyptos, etc.).

Chapter 5: Heroes & Notables. Iconographical record of heroes (Cadmos, Heracles, Perseus, etc.), historical figures (Olympias, etc.), and anonymous personages (emperor, etc.).

Chapter 6: Objects & Symbols. Iconographical record of ophiomorphic objects (aegis, caduceus, etc.) and other items, associated with ophiomorphs (altar, bow, cista mystica, etc.).

Each chapter constitutes a unique (inter-)section of the compendium and consists of various numbers of articles, each focused on a specific subject.
Page 002. General overview of the compendium's structure.

All figures are prepared individually and come in one standard size (930 x 620 pixels). All source-images are subjected to meticulous digital enhancement (adjustment of saturation, brightness, contrast, and sharpness). Most figures are rendered in black and white, except when colours are crucial for interpretation, such as for paintings, mosaics, manuscripts, and textiles.

Note(s): (1) The detailed descriptions of artefacts (dates, provenance, etc.) are generally taken verbatim from the providers of the original source-images. (2) Every effort is made to use source-images of the highest possible quality. In cases when the quality of the only available source-image is poor, it is used as a placeholder until a higher-quality image is found.

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