Friday 26 December 2008

Istanbul: The Archeological Museum, 24 December 08

At the Archeological Museum, I found the sarcophagi the most interesting, perhaps on account of the juxtaposition between the scenes on them and death. The most effecting, for me, was the Sarcophagus of the Mourning Women; yesterday I drafted a poem about it.

I found this scene (it goes all the way around the sarcophagus, which is not always the case) curious--did the artist or owner imagine death as a return to youth?

a detail of the famous Alexander Sarcophagus

one length of the Sarcophagus of the Mourning Women

detail of the figure on the far right

the other length of the sarcophagus

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