Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Afternoon At The Museum

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxROYAL CROWN
of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Remember? Afghanistan:
Hidden Treasures from
the National Museum,
Kabul. Now you remember!!
So where were you? There I
was, clutching my red rose,
so you'd spot me...Well, since
you couldn't make it, I'll tell
you all about it.
As I previously mentioned,
the exhibit celebrates the heritage
and rescue of precious treasures,
thought to have been stolen or
destroyed. Thankfully saved and
gathered, organized by the National
Geographic Society, and the National
Gallery of Art, Washington.
Upon entering the exhibit, bright
lights find a huge Corinthian Capital,
limestone, 145 B.C. Found
at Ai Khanum.
Turning, one sees a fragment of a
glass bowl, clear, beautifully etched,
2200-1900 B.C. found at Tepe Fullol.
Next, a ceremonial plaque of Cybele
and Her Chariot, from the 3rd century B.C.,
shimmering with a gilded silver,
as if it were in the sunlight.
An impressive Hemispherical Sundial,
limestone, large enough to sit on.
145 B.C., the fragment was actually
calibrated for Ai Khanum's Northern
Amazingly preserved, a tiny bone
statuette of a Nude Female,
6 inches tall, as detailed as if
it were life size. Ai Khanum.
There were a number of fish-shaped
glass flasks, well preserved, used
as perfume bottles, which were
popular throughout the Roman Empire.
I would wish to have one of these,
just to dip into some seductive scent.
There was creamy alabaster dish,
with a Ram's head handle, Roman
tableware, used for offerings of wine
during ceremonies.
Dozens and dozens more spectacular
pieces, huge and tiny, gilt and glass.
One of my favorites is shown above
in the photo. A Royal Crown, gold,
having belonged to a Princess, has
a remarkable and practical property.
It can be collapsed, taken apart into
6 separate sections for easy travel.
And then put together again,
when the Princess wishes.
If this extraordinary exhibit finds its
way to your neighborhood museum,
run, do not walk...


Tess Kincaid said...

It wasn't my fault! Really, it wasn't! An old friend came in out of town! The car ran out of gas! I got a flat tire! I didn't have enough money for cab fare! The tux didn't come back from the cleaners! There was an earthquake! A terrible flood! Locusts! It wasn't my fault I swear to God!!!

Lyn said...

Hi Willow-
I have 2 requirements of my friends:
One, that they make me laugh out loud...
Two, that they're nutty...

Jeane Myers said...

everything Willow said! it must have been jaw droppingly wonderful!

Linda S. Socha said...


I love this post. I am sorry I was not looking for the red rose!! How could I mniss it? The color of I AM and passion for life!!

Those Locusts!.....Incredible how life intervenes

If the opportunity of the rose presents again...I am on the way of the call

Lyn said...

Hi Jeane-
It was stunning, and not too crowded.. going back for a lecture on an extra ticket..hmmm...

Lyn said...

Hi Linda-
What I love is that even though that part of the world is always aflame, the history of art and culture survive!
Opportunity of the rose.....nice phrase!!

Unknown said...

Hi Lyn,

A collapsable crown? What more does a girl need?! Except maybe a chariot like Cybele and some beautiful fish-shaped flasks!

I did think that rose wouldn't stand out enough, remember?

Lyn said...

Hi Derrick-
You were so time I'll leave a trail of petals!!
I'm glad to know that a princesses needs were in place 2000 years ago!

Unknown said...

Like Willow said...would go in a heartbeat if it comes even close to our small town!

Lyn said...

Hi Gaston-
When I was a kid, in NYC, I promised myself that someday I'd live close to the MMA..came to pass that is one promise I regrets!!!When you come to visit....


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