Shard with palmette

Shard with palmette, Hellenistic, Apulian-red figure, 2nd half 4th century BCE, Clay.
Courtesy of Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg

At the beginning of the 19th century the English robbed the Acropolis. The so-called “Elgin Marbles” (the marble frieze from the Parthenon) went to the British Museum and influenced the English taste of the time. Half a century later, the son of Lord Elgin will order the storming and plundering of the imperial summer palace in Beijing.