Unexpected publication!

When I submitted a paper for a provenance workshop at the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in January 2017, I never expected a publication to come out it. I was just excited that my first presentation at an AIA meeting was actually held in Toronto (my old graduate stomping grounds) and that for once I knew where to go for lunch without Googling restaurants! (And, unlike so many, I knew how to dress for -20 Celsius weather!)

It was a pleasant surprise when our workshop moderator let us know that our session had been chosen (along with two others) for publication on the theme of collecting and collectors in the Selected Papers on Ancient Art and Architecture (SPAAA) series. (Contributions to that series are ‘by invitation only’ so this was very exciting.) I submitted the article version of my presentation and it was accepted by the peer review committee… and after a few months of delay the volume is now available!

Well, that was an unexpected publication… swiftly added to my CV!

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In case you were wondering…

…Tut’s tomb has no hidden chambers after all.

The third radar scan of the pharaoh’s burial site conclusively shows that no additional mysteries lurk immediately behind its walls. You can read the National Geographic article by Kristin Romey and get the details.

If you’re not sure what this is all about, go back to my Has Nefertiti’s tomb been discovered? and Infrared thermography to be applied to Tutankhamun’s tomb posts of 2015.

Art in Bloom 2018: Egypt

Let’s finish our floral journey in the Egyptian galleries. Let’s take a look at the two arrangements found there.

Inspired by the Jar, Black-topped Ware
By Susan Hooper

I looked at the arrangement for 10 seconds and left. Nothing Egyptian here.
(And you thought my Herakles critique was scathing.)

Inspired by Horus Falcon
By Carol Dowd

Delightful! Really fun floral design and well researched as well. I love how the upside down flower/plant was used to create the sculpted face of a falcon and how the leaves (petals?) look like feathers. He’s a rather chubby Horus, but he’s incredibly adorable! The designer really did some research about Horus and the association of his eyes with celestial bodies as well as Upper and Lower Egypt and the colours associated with them–this wins her extra points!  (Read the label.)  Horus is the winner this year!

Voilà! That’s it for this year’s ancient art inspired floral designs. It also seems that spring has final arrived in Raleigh. ‘Til next year!

Art in Bloom 2018: Greece and Rome

Let’s go from Mesoamerica to the ancient Mediterranean with the floral arrangements inspired by works of art in the Classical galleries.

Inspired by Herakles
By Trisha Bettencourt

Dare I say it? Yes, I do. I’m disappointed.  It’s too easy to use white flowers to create a design inspired by a marble sculpture.  It works for an elegant Venus or Aphrodite, but for this statue? Nah.  It’s Herakles!!!  The guy has been plagued by Hera all his life and Eurystheus has given him 12 Labours that are so crazy as to appear impossible. He’s had a hard day, he’s exhausted and, here, he’s possibly drunk!  While I sort of see in the arrangement the club he holds in his right hand, those flowers and twigs are just too delicate to represent a mythological hero who’s just about had it…


Inspired by the Etrusco-Corinthian Neck Amphora

By Stacey Burkert

Ah! That’s more like it. Much better!  What is absolutely fantastic about this floral arrangement is how the colours of the flowers and plants actually match those of the rather colourful amphora. A perfect colour match! You really need to see the amphora in person to see these incredible earth colours. On the down side, those same autumnal colours also make the flowers look dead even though they are live flowers.  I don’t like dead flowers (dead leaves on trees in autumn, yes; dead flowers, generally not). So that puts a damper on my enthusiasm for this arrangement. However, the designer gets a gold star because she did exactly was she set out to do (read the label) and she did that to perfection.

In my next post, we’ll see what arrangements were placed in the Egyptian galleries. Stay tuned!

Art in Bloom 2018: Mesoamerica

It’s been an odd winter and it’s hard to believe that spring has sprung… Yet, that blooming time of the year has arrived at the NCMA!  Art in Bloom was held on March 22-25 and, of course, I attended with friends and took photos of the floral arrangements in my galleries. My personal impressions are below and I’m starting with the Mesoamerican gallery.

Inspired by the Standing Male Figure
By The English Garden

 

There’s always a first. In the past, I have always enjoyed the arrangements created for the works of art in this gallery, but this floral design does nothing for me. I really cannot feel the Mesoamerican-ness (yes, I just made up that word) with the combination of plants selected here. I don’t feel the earthiness, the traditions, the culture…  I don’t see or feel the warrior either… I just don’t.