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Six More Acts of Creativity

Let me see how quickly I can get this post together since I got caught up in emailing a good friend and I'm running about 20 minutes late today. I have six more things of beauty from the Minneapolis Institute of Art to share with you today - things that I love that I wanted to share with all of you. I'll start with the oldest and one that I so adore...


This is a Corinthian Bronze warrior's helmet from 540 BCE. This is a functional piece of beauty and when I compare the sleek lines and patina with those shiny over-the-top metal condoms that PJ had his Gondorian warriors wearing in Return of the King, I am once more appalled at how truly horrible the armor in Lord of the Rings really was. I've had the opportunity to see a lot of different plate armor, helmets and weapons as I grew up - I'm a museum nut. Those helmets from Gondor always make me laugh. They are so stupidly ridiculous. Why couldn't PJ have allowed his warriors to be lean, mean, fighting machines instead? Why not use a helmet like this one?




Now, here's a lovely pottery horse from China. He's not huge, less than two feet tall all around, but just look at that face. What expression. Once again I find myself in love with horses.


I love the Art Deco movement and have three different lights to share with you that fit into that timeframe and style. This is the first. This is a ceiling lamp and it's beauty is in the form and materials. It's heavy, yet light. I'm totally in love.


The second of the lamps is this smaller wood and glass piece that stands on a shelf. It is not a large piece - less than one foot in height, but the balance of materials and the shape of them makes art from something that would normally be totally utilitarian.


My third lamp is this silver and glass oil lamp. The swirls of metal cause my mind to flow and the different angles would reflect the flickering lamplight in so many ways. I probably could sit in front of a lamp like this for hours, just watching the changing light on the swirls of silver.


And finally, because ... well, just because they are super kewl, I present these coral topped gold and silver personal eating utensils. These were made for European royalty and were used in an age when people attended banquets, but they provided their own utensils. The coral was supposed to ward off poisoning, so whoever used these couldn't be poisoned in their food. Such is the trust of man in the higher echelons of society. Maybe it's better to be poor and middle class...
The coral topped cutlery is beautiful. They would be fun to get out at a banquet.
I could make a similar set, but really, it seems a bit pretentious - LOL. The coral is quite large, however, and thus very rare and valuable. These were part of a Shakespearean banquet exhibit that the museum was putting on.

- Erulisse (one L)
Great exhibits! ;)
I hope you'll be able to visit British Museum some day - you'd fall in love with it. The only problem is that you'd probably never want to get out, ever. :)
Oh, I've been to the British Museum as well as the Museum of Man and the Victoria and Albert. Of the three, I could move into the V&A because costumery and style are great loves of mine and they had some of the most exquisite fabrics and outfits...really amazing. I loved going through the British museums in London and actually ended up purchasing another suitcase for nothing more than the variety of books I purchased in their various gift shops. I still shop from the British Museum giftshop getting exhibit catalogs when one interests me, as well as a variety of books that I have regarding translating and writing Egyptian hieroglyphics.

- Erulisse (one L)
That silver and glass oil lamp is fascinating. I think it's from Tol Eressea. :)
I could very easily see this in Tol Eressea or Rivendell or Lothlorien. I adore it.

- Erulisse (one L)
Love the horse! And those ancient helmets always look so wonderfully business-like, don't they? Not a bit Hollywood.
I don't think any armor in movies has annoyed me more than the Gondorian helmets. They are nothing short of ridiculous. Yes, I truly wish they had used a more functional helmet, something that looked more business-like instead of true "fake" costume.

I must say that I loved the helmets of Rohan, though. They were functional and much more real and the horsetails and cheek guards were sensible for horse-borne warriors.

- Erulisse (one L)
Quick comment before I run in to work.
RE: LoTR's film helmets... oh come on!

If you think those were horrid, you should have seen Tolkien's original helmets! yuck! At least PJ's had some credence. LOL Better than that Saxony-conch shell Tolkien had.

Gotta run. Will read the rest and comment during my nuncheon.

Be well!
Oh, I agree, JRRT's initial concept of helmets was horrific but I'm still not fond of Gondor's condom helmets - LOL.

- Erulisse (one L)
Now that I've finally seen the rest of this entry I'm drooling over the art deco. Something to fluid in the solid designs just makes my toes wibble. The designers of that time had such an eye for the futuristic melded with nature.

And as for the helmet, I like a lot of things Greek, and this helmet is incredible for its simplicity and function, but it TOO suffers from a certain anatomically shaped confusion. Or am I just quibbling. LOL
Well compare the Gondor helmets to the Corinthian one above. You see? Squat, round, with this nipple on the top...serious condom material all the way around.

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I adore Art Deco and would love a house full of it. Maybe if I ever retire I'll make myself some items influenced by that time period.

- Erulisse (one L)
My pleasure, happy to show beauty to anyone I can :-) Have a great weekend!

- Erulisse (one L)