This Kakiemon elephant is on display at the British Museum.
This is apparently made between 1660-1690 in the Kakiemon style. Kakiemon is the first to create the enamel porcelain. What is interesting about this sculpture is that the artist has never seen an elephant.
You might have noticed that the elephant trunk in the photo is pointing downward. There is a superstition in the east that pointing downward is for good luck. In the west, it is the opposite. It should be upward. Another case of east and west not meeting. LOL
What do we know about elephants?
Their gestation period is 22 months, 2 months short of 2 years pregnancy. Ouch
Their life span is between 50 – 70 years but their was a recorded one of 82 years of age.
There are two types of elephants:
Asian (Indian) Elephants which smaller in stature, smaller ears and only the male have tusks.
African Elephants are larger with larger ears. Both male and female have tusks. They are also less hairy than the Asian elephants.
The photos were taken of Liverpool love locks on the dockside of the River Mersey in Liverpool.
A love lock or love padlock is a normal small padlock, which is locked to accessible bridges, fences, gates, or similar fixtures, by lovers, sweethearts and friends, to symbolize their love. The sweethearts’ names or initials are typically inscribed on the padlock.
To further symbolize unbreakable love, the padlock’s key is then thrown away. How many cast away keys now reside at the bottom of the the River Mersey? 🙂
Love locks originated in Serbia 100 years ago from a sad Serbian World War One (WW1) story.
This expression of undying love then spread to many countries. Some authorities regard them as a nuisance, health hazard etc., and remove them. When the padlocks get rusty over the years, a poignancy is seems to be added.
These masks can be currently and readily admired at the V&A Museum, East Asian gallery.
Masks are used for protection, disguise, performance and entertainment.
The above masks were Japanese and were sculpted from wood. They were based from the 14th century classical Japanese theatre called Noh which was much loved and patronised by the Shogun, supreme military leader.
The above beautiful shining solid sliver abstract fine silver work which is an exhibit, rather caught my eye. The silver smith craftsman made five and from what I learned cost £72,000.00 each. If I were a multi millionaire+. I think I would indulge myself 🙂
The Maker’s diagonally stamped Hallmark can just be seen near the top.
This is just one of many wonderful silver work exhibits many dating back hundreds of years, in the ‘Silver Speaks’ exhibition, held in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. The V&A is well worth a visit if you can when in London.
Telephone book art of Sting at Ripley’s – Photo by PH Morton
Yellow Pages – Telephone Book
Peter was doing his daily recycling when he got hold of the yellow pages which was delivered on our letter box a few days ago. He was flabbergasted and found it antiquated to still use yellow pages when it is easier to just go online to search for anything under the sun.
He has a point, I have not used the yellow pages since the early 90s and yet we get them year after year, though decidedly thinner that the 2 inches thick yellow pages of a few years ago.
I remember when we went to visit Ripley’s there were several outstanding arts made from different everyday things. One of which was the telephone book. I think the portrait of Sting was rather good.