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London: British Museum part 2

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On to Grecian relics!

We begin with Lely’s Venus:
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Another Venus statue.
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A reconstruction of the Nereid Monument from Xanthos. They’re frank about the fact that the “original place of many of the sculptures on the building is open the question and [this reconstruction] is disputed.”
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There are the original Nereid statues.
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More consideration for the blind. The info boards in some sections had Braille letters embossed on them:
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Part of a frieze from the Parthenon, I think.
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A couple of metopes from a series showing battles between the centaurs and Lapith. Kind of amusing how statues and carvings tend to lose the heads and limbs most often.
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*inserts random pretty floor tile picture*
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Those statues again :P
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More views of the hall and the friezes and statues, click for bigger versions:
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And look, a metope that still has the heads and most limbs attached! lol.
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Of course, besides the Parthenon stuff they had Grecian pottery and smaller artifacts as well. Here’s some Athenian pottery and small carvings:
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Coins, also Athenian.
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The room with all the pottery samples from the – err.. the pre-Classical Greek era? – were kept in a room that was surprisingly “normal” to me. It even had a kind of old-ish feel… dunno how to describe it properly. hahah Well-maintained still, but it just felt rather different from the other parts of the museum.
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Early Greek alabastra (oil/perfume flasks) from approximately 650-600 BC. Quite a far cry from the later Athenian black and red pots.
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There was this small aryballos (perfume bottle) from Corinth that had a magnifying glass in front of it…Photobucket

It really allowed for the painted details to show up. I was surprised – such fine painting!
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A ring-shaped aryballos, also from Corinth. Iiinteresting…
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Artifacts from Ephesus:
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And also from Sparta:
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One more post to after this for the British Museum! :D

3 Comments

  1. Nice commentaries to go along with the pictures! I only spent a sad 1 hour in the British Museum because we were rushing.

  2. I have a question though… what’s the point of having the signs in braille if the blind can’t see the displays? :P

  3. Mark: Ooooh you’ve been there before?

    anna: That’s why they allow them to touch some of the stuff. ^^

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