London Day 4
I think this was the day our host made us apple fritters. It was soooOOOOooo good. Thus armed with full bellies, we headed to the British Museum.
David caught this pic of the quintessential older British gentleman.
The Rosetta Stone! Like, for reals! It's one of those things I've read about my whole life but never really thought I'd see in the real world.
Slug and bunny.
The Assyrian art! So scary and unsettling after the cold and simple majesty of Egyptian design. But I can't stop thinking about it. I especially loved this lion hunt mural (this is a detail from it) and the giant stone figures that guarded its entrance.
Ahhh, the Greeks.
The Nereid monument was my favorite room in the whole museum. Something about the grace and fluidity of these gorgeous sea nymphs took my breath away. These statues surrounded a tomb and these goddesses were coming out of the sea to escort the soul to the Underworld. I can't think of a nicer way to go.
The outside panels of the Nereid monument depict battles, and here a woman holds her head in dismay at an influx of invaders.
Easter Island statue - silent, creepy, mysterious.
The story behind this crystal skull is almost more exciting than the piece itself. It was originally thought to be a genuine Aztec relic, and recently was found to be made in the 1800s. The museum does suggest, however, that the genuine skulls are quite possibly in the hands of private collectors. Regardless of when it was made, it's still a beautiful piece of art.
Mummies! Mummies GALORE! Never have I seen so many complete, in-tact mummies and sarcophagi.
This is a REAL MUMMIFIED CAT. Also there were mummified birds, eels, dogs, and calfs. All this mummification produced a real, visceral reaction in me. I'm still feeling a bit woozy weird just writing about it now. How wonderful for something to be so affecting! The thing that was fun was watching children enjoy this part of the museum. They were SO into it.
The Lewis Chessmen. These were found hidden in a sand dune in Scotland! One thing I really loved about the museum was seeing the wealth of Iron Age and Celtic artifacts from different areas in the UK. It's just something I've never seen in America.
This was a lot of world history to process. I think we got to see about 60% of the museum, so I definitely want to return there to see the whole giant wings that we missed.
We then made our way to the Novello Theatre (after taking in another great Indian meal nearby) to see the RSC production of The Taming Of The Shrew.
It was like no production I'd seen of the play before. The show is, in our present age, problematic at best and they managed to find a way to make it utterly searing and devastating by the play's end. Kate's journey ends up being one of the taming of Woman through several centuries and it was a bold interpretation of the piece.