Beauty has many faces – Violins

Violins are beautiful instruments. This is a Stradivarius, the gold standard of violins. This one in the photo, is called The Messiah, and is considered to be the only Stradivarius in existence in as new state. It is in the collection of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England.  Antonio Stradivari was born in 1644, and … Continue reading Beauty has many faces – Violins

Assyrians – A mighty kingdom

I had the time of my life in the Assyrian galleries at The British Museum. The collection is remarkable and as expected conveys the sense of power and strategy of this great civilization. The Assyrian empire stretched from Babylonia to the Mediterranean Sea and into Egypt. Parts of Iran and Anatolia were subject to the … Continue reading Assyrians – A mighty kingdom

Alabaster | Egyptian gems

Alabaster a hard calcite or aragonite sedimentary rock hat is translucent and sometimes banded. Alabaster has been used through history for carving decorative artifacts.The material used in antiquity by the Egyptian was a fine-grained banded type of calcite, called Oriental Alabaster.  The name may be derived further from Ancient Egyptian "a-labaste", which refers to vessels of the Egyptian goddess Bast.© 2019 … Continue reading Alabaster | Egyptian gems

A perfect love | Sonnet 130: My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun; Coral is far more red than her lips' red; If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. I have seen roses damasked, red and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks; And … Continue reading A perfect love | Sonnet 130: My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE