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Punishment of Ixion: in the center is Mercury holding the caduceus. On the right is Juno on her throne, and behind her Iris stands and gestures. On the left is Vulcanus (blond figure) manning the wheel, with Ixion already tied to the wheel. Nephele sits at Mercury’s feet. Roman fresco from the eastern wall of the triclinium in the Casa dei Vettii , Pompeii
The Hasanlu Lovers, commonly referred to as “The 2800 Years Old Kiss” is an image depicting two human skeletons seemingly in an embrace, hence the title to the picture.
These human remains were unearthed in 1972 at the Teppe Hasanlu archaeological site, located in the Solduz Valley in the West Azerbaijan Province of Iran. The site was burned after a military attack. People from both fighting sides were killed in the fire, which apparently spread quite unexpectedly and quickly through the town. The skeletons were found in a plaster grain bin, probably hiding from soldiers, and they almost certainly asphyxiated quickly. The “head wound” is actually from modern-day excavators.
As fascinating as it is, this image is commonly interpreted as the embodiment of the immortality of love. It reminds me of the last scene from the movie Pompeii(2014).