Thursday, April 16, 2015


Subway Exit
Childrens Playground
Fifth Avenue at 84th Street

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
InsideThe Rotunda

Madonna  and Child
Near the Main Staircase

We Meet Again
Fifty Four Years after High School
Blair Boudreaux, a very fine artist, and me
 Blair's friend Michael

 A little more Looking
Oedipus and the Sphinx
Gustave Moreau
(French, Paris 1826–1898 Paris)
Date: 1864
Medium: Oil on canvas

The Hand of God
by Auguste Rodin
(French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Date: modeled ca. 1896–1902, commissioned 1906, carved ca. 1907
Medium: Marble

 Fatal Attractions
Selections from the  Permanent Collection
Curated by Piotr Uklanski
Two Examples and A Link
 "This striking fragment is from a statue composed of different materials. The back of the piece shows remains of the mortise that fitted onto a tenon extending from the statue's body which may have been made of Egyptian alabaster to represent a white garment.  The royal woman represented here cannot be identified with certainty. It is difficult to imagine that the already aged Queen Tiye—the mother of Akhenaten and highly respected as a wise woman at Amarna—was shown as a beauty of such sensuous character. Queens Nefertiti and Kiya, however, are both possible subjects."
Skull Hook (Agiba)

19th–early 20th century

 Papua New Guinea, Papuan Gulf, Pai'ia'a village, Omati River, Kikori Delta
Kerewa people
Wood, paint
 H. 55 7/8 x W. 29 1/2 x D. 5 in.
Large "agiba" or "skull hooks" were used to display trophy skulls within the men's ceremonial houses of the Kerewa people of the Papuan Gulf region, on the south coast of New Guinea. Agiba depict important ancestors, often the mythical founders of village clans. Each clan owned one or two agiba which were kept in the clan's allotted space within the ceremonial house. The skulls of slain enemies were hung from the agiba with loops of rattan. As time passed, a platform was often constructed in front of the agiba to support the weight of the growing pile of skulls. Together with its skulls, the agiba was both a shrine and a source of supernatural power. The displays of trophy skulls were also status symbols, which marked the clan's prowess in warfare and headhunting.

Heading for the Exit


Mo Crow said...

such a treasure of a post Michelle

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

you are so so LUCKY to be close
to This....i cannot