You probably know how vast is the Louvre and the wealth of its collections: if you stand one minute in front of each exposed piece you need about 2 month and a half to see them all considering 8 hours a day of visit. Of course, such conditions make it hard to pay to each piece the attention it deserves. We would rather focus on the Stars of the museum and pass by less renown pieces. In this video we are going to talk about some of those less famous pieces we usually don’t stop for, but which diserve more recognition. Our visit starts with the eastern antiquity’s department we can see an amont of wonders like the huge winged taurus, with human head of mesopotamia or the colossal Amathus vase but aside these monumental things the first object that I’ll talk you about can pass totally unnoticed and with good reason It’s actually no bigger than 1.5 centimeter. The small dog of Suse is a 5000 years old gold pendant it represents a pet dog with a curved tail and a collar around the neck but the suspension ring on its back makes it so unique it’s the first known example of welding in the history of humanity it’s also one of the first testimonial of goldsmith and a true metallurgical achievement in its own time. The next artwork is located in room D still in the departement of oriental antiquity Passing by this plaster statue, we would find nothing extraordinary at it however it’s the oldest artwork showed in the Louvre. Old of 9000 years, it was discovered in 1985 on the site of Ain Gazhal in Jordan Because it comes from a neolithic society without writing, we ignore what it was used for or what signification it had. However we know that it was shaped by hand on a bamboo frame and it was probably ornated with wig and clothes. But its bitumen-drawn eyes still remain sharp despite the past millenaries. Nearby, in room 10 we can see a surprising statue without head. that represents the queen Napirasu. Napirasu was the spouse of the king Untash-Napirisha who reigned around 1300 BC in Elam, an ancient country in southwest Iran. This statue made of metal is a testimony of the Elamite kingdom’s wealth. Contrary to what we’d think, the statue is not hollow, but filled with a tremendous amount of metal. The workpiece weighs around 2 tons (440 lb). The most astonishing afterwards, is that the metal of the inside part is more precious than the medal on the outside. The core of the statue is made of bronze, while the outside is made of copper. Why choose a more valuable metal for the invisible part? This question remains an enigma. Speaking of enigma, the next artifact I’m gonna show you presents some of them. It is a brass basin incrusted with gold and silver, called the baptistery of Saint-Louis. Despite its christian name, it stays at the Arts of Islam section. It has been made around AD 1330, being 60 years after Saint-Louis’ death. We don’t know precisely when and how it came to France, but it appears in the treasure of the kings of France in the middle of the 15th century. What we know, is that it’s been made in Egypt under the Mamluk dynasty. and is one of the ultimate masterpiece of the Islamic Art. The basin is decorated with patterns and characters carefullly engraved on the inside as on the outside. We can see horseriders, notables of the Mamluk court, and a collection of real or imaginary animals. We find some surprising details too, for example, every animals are showed on the side in a traditional style, except for one rabbit, hiding in a frieze and looking full-face at the visitor. The fact that the artist – Muhammad Ibn Al-Zaïd – signed six times his work, is an other exceptional curiosity. But the oddest is certainly the artefact’s destiny. Made in the islamic lands in the 14th century, It has been used for the baptism of Louis XIII in 1606 and for the one of the son of Napoleon III. The baptism was in 1856 and the basin left temporarily the Louvre just for the occasion. In Room 10, a scene will draw immediately your attention. Eight characters with black veils carrying a slab where lies a recumbant statue, wearing an armor. These ghostly figures are solemn and troubling This sculpture of polychrome limestone is a funerary monument in memory of Philippe Pot, Great Seneschal of Burgundy and Knight of the Golden Fleece in the 15th c. He is represented on the slab with a dog at his feet. The setup glorifies the knight. His long epitaph is written on the sides of the slab. Philippe’s tomb is amazing for many reasons but his funeral procession intrigues the most. The eight mourners are very expressive. Each one has his own posture and they seem to bow under their heavy load. The realism is accentuated by the characters life-size and give the impression to attend real funerals frozen in the past. The most astonishing is that Philippe Pot himself ordered it when he was still alive. He might have been the silent partner of this unique setup in the funeral art of the late Middle Ages. In Room C – the mezzanine floor – a masterpiece of the german sculpture waits for us. This lime tree wood sculpture represents Mary Magdalene during a mystical ecstasy According to legend she lived naked in a cave and angels took her in the skies everyday. This scene was precisely represented here because angels lifted the statue and the ensemble was hung from the celling of a church. As proved by this ring in the back of the Saint. The great beauty of this Mary Magdalene comes from the canons of the Renaissance and from the gothic tradition. The details of her face and her body are chiseled with great delicacy and her curves have an oddly sensual expression for a religious work. But her hair are impressive above all. A long golden stream that waves to mid-thigh and partially hides her nudity. The ensemble gives to the statue an amazing aura that spreads through the room. The next artifact is both an artwork and a true scientific curiosity. Made in Paris in 1754, the Clock of the Creation of the World is so ambitious that it needed the collaboration of three people. The clock has in it an engraved globe of the World, the Sun, the Moon, and a representation of the Solar System. The ensemble reunited among the violent elements. It used to give the time in every part of the world, and every celestial body used to rotate. This masterpiece was a request of Joseph-François Dupleix, a general governor of trading posts in India in 18th c. Dupleix wanted a royal gift for the Nabab of Golkonda, but he has been dismissed before and the clock has never been given. It stays until today in Room 41 of the works of art section. Our tour comes to an end but I hope you will want to see by yourself the unknown masterpieces of the museum. The few objects I presented you are just a tiny part of the collections and there’s plenty more wonders to discover. By the way, if you want more you can watch this other video on the Axolot channel where I talk about the curiosities of the Louvre. Waiting to see you in one of the galleries, See you!