Part 1 of 3: the British Museum (plus silly video) by da-AL


The British Museum is amazing!!! Join my husband and me for the eye-opening stroll we enjoyed…

The British Museum’s outside isn’t nearly as interesting as its inside.

During this vacation, we visited jam-packed London, Bath, Avebury Henge, Stokesay Castle, Harlech and Conwy and Penrith and Ullswater, and the Kelpies of Scotland. The British Museum (here’s Part 2 and Part 3 of our trip to see it) is best known for the Rosetta Stone that helped scholars decipher ancient Egypt’s hieroglyphic writing. Here’s the front of it at another site. So dense was the crowd that I could only snap these photos…

Rosetta stone from the back.
Rosetta stone from the side.

There’s much of the relief sculpture from the Parthenon, a Greek temple finished in 438 BC. (Btw, ever visited Tennessee’s Parthenon, from 1897?)…

My fave art at the Parthenon’s frieze is on the left, wearing a llama t-shirt…
The Parthenon frieze is huge! This is only a small portion.

On it, the faces of hunters are differentiated by their postures, rather than by their features…

Galloping around the Parthenon…
Sacrificial animals on the frieze weren’t thrilled about their lot.
Iris, the winged messenger goddess, roomed at the Parthenon.

The British Museum’s collection is overwhelming. We only had time to see a smattering of it…

Clay mastiffs warded off devils and demons in about 645 BC, northern Iraq.
This god has appreciated his mastiff’s protection from evil since 800-700 BC, in southern Iraq.
Lely’s Venus (Aphrodite) does what she can to stay strategically covered. She’s a copy from 1st or 2nd AD.
Compared to lots of other items at the British Museum, these poker-style game cards from Iran, are freshly minted — they’re from 1800-1900.
This protective spirit lost his sheaf of twigs. Palace of Sargon II, Khorsabad, Iraq, 710-705 BC.

After the museum, we meandered across the street — where a gift shop offered a different type of show…

What’s the silliest thing you’ve seen in or around a museum?…

57 thoughts on “Part 1 of 3: the British Museum (plus silly video) by da-AL

  1. I always enjoy visiting such museums as it takes me to the different world few hundreds/ thousands of years ago, and it thrills me when I could perceive the hard work & creative work behind every piece of art.
    Thanks for taking me to a short virtual tour to this museum. 🙂

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  2. Like a couple of your other commenters, I haven’t been to the British Museum for years.

    As we normally tend to have youngsters with us when we go up to London, we generally end up at the Natural History and Science Museum, which are slightly more oriented to their ages.

    I have to admit that these days, our visits to London are few and far between and we tend to stay outside the City limits if we visit Kew Gardens.

    I have often thought it a shame that our museums are full of priceless relics we have ‘borrowed’ from our past incursions into overseas territories, but at least they are on display somewhere in the World, where they can be viewed and admired by the general public.

    Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures 🙂

    Yvonne
    xx

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  3. I do love the British Museum. We used to take it an hour at a time, to not be overwhelmed.
    I have never looked at the Rosetta Stone from the back. It looks like the rock has its own story written there.
    Thanks for a fun blog!

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