The British Museum – through the Lens of a Camera pt. 1

So, on Monday 31st of August, I found myself in London, yet once again, as part of what I have called the London August Cultural Rave 2015- watch out for the reviews coming from Somerset House! Now, as we stepped into the British Museum on a rainy day as many others did, I realised every time in the last 5 years I have thought “Should take some pics and put them up on the blog”. Well, this time…I did! The greatness of modern technology-warning, I am not the best photographer, however I hope that my walk around is somewhat thematic and brings through some cultural/historical aspects we sometimes overlook in everyday history talks and even in out updates. So, taken on the spot- me in an intentionally not Western tour of the BM. Enjoy.

Assyrian

Now, in case you haven’t noticed-and despite my wide range- Egypt is not really my thing. So upon entrance I decided that everyone looks lots around mini Cairo-in-London and went straight for the Assyrian culture. Notice the trend in protective spirits, deities and other otherworldly beings…This will continue for the rest of the show.

Statute found in the temple of Nabu c.800 BC
Statute found in the temple of Nabu c.800 BC

 

Protective spirit from Ninruda, c. 865 BC
Protective spirit from Ninruda, c. 865 BC

 

The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III 858-824 BC
The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III 858-824 BC

 

"The capture of Astartu and the king in his chariot", found in Nimrud, c.730-727 BC
“The capture of Astartu and the king in his chariot”, found in Nimrud, c.730-727 BC

 

 

Protective spirits from Nimrud, found in the North West Palace
Protective spirits from Nimrud, found in the North West Palace

 

Symbolic scene found in Nimrud North West Palace
Symbolic scene found in Nimrud North West Palace

 

General view of one of the Assyrian rooms in the British Museum
General view of one of the Assyrian rooms in the British Museum

 

 

Campaigning Assyrian army 7th Century BC
Campaigning Assyrian army 7th Century BC

 

"Human-headed winged lion", from Nimrud, North West Palace c. 865-860 BC
“Human-headed winged lion”, from Nimrud, North    West Palace c. 865-860 BC

 

"Eagle-headed protective spirit" from Nimrud, Temple of Ninurta c. 865-860 BC
“Eagle-headed protective spirit” from Nimrud, Temple of Ninurta c. 865-860 BC

 

Pair of protective spirits c.700-692 BC from the Nineveh Palace
Pair of protective spirits c.700-692 BC from the Nineveh Palace

 

 

"Glazed brick relief of a lion from Babylon's Processional Way. Reign of King Nebuchadnezzar II (605–562 BC). On loan from the musée du Louvre, Paris. "
“Glazed brick relief of a lion from Babylon’s Processional Way. Reign of King Nebuchadnezzar II (605–562 BC). On loan from the musée du Louvre, Paris. “

 

"Glazed brick guardsman" from Susa, (Iran), from the late 6th century BC. Supposedly belonged at the palace of Darius I
“Glazed brick guardsman” from Susa, (Iran), from the late 6th century BC. Supposedly belonged at the palace of Darius I

 

A couple of photos taken from the finds at the Mausoleum of Halikarnassos

Statues in marble of a woman and a man at the mausoleum; Maussollos c. 350 BC
Statues in marble of a woman and a man at the mausoleum; Maussollos
c. 350 BC

 

Horse from the Mausoleum, which would have formed part of a chariot. Statue in marble dating from c. 350 BC
Horse from the Mausoleum, which would have formed part of a chariot.
Statue in marble dating from c. 350 BC
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