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April 6, 2005

Egyptian treasure at the V&A


I had been talking earlier about our visit to the V&A in London in January. There are so many wonderful things in this museum that anyone could find a corner in which to enjoy themsleves. There are galleries of of Chinese, Egpytian, Roman and African antiquities. Other galleries hold beautiful examples of art work in gold and silver. Somewhere else is a gallery holding modern pieces of design that showcases the work of current young designers. Two very large rooms are filled with plaster reproductions of everything from Michelangelo's David to the doors of an Italian basillica.

In a corridor that runs between the two plaster reproduction galleries are 3 or 4 small plinths holding small items. It was here that I found this wonderful jug. At first glance it appeared to be a fin example of the glass makers art. It is only when you stop to read the information label that accompanies the jug that you discover that it was carved from a single piece of rock crystal. The walls of the jug are extremely thin and the surface is covered with stunning carvings. I find it amazing that this delicate piece has survived since it was made in Egypt in about 1000 CE. The story that it would be able to tell would be well worth the hearing.

In Amsterdam, I wanted to bring home the Delft violin from the Rijksmuseum. From the V&A, my favourite item that I want to bring home with me is this crystal jug. I suppose that it is a good thing that both pieces are stored behind glass or by now I might be in really big trouble.

Posted by robynls at April 6, 2005 8:05 PM

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This is simply beautiful and mind boggling to think of creating it. Thank you for sharing part of the world with me. :-)

Posted by: Bonnie at April 7, 2005 1:32 AM

This is absolutely gorgeous. I wonder how they hollowed it out, with such a narrow neck? Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Pseudo at April 9, 2005 7:42 AM

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