We generally like to post beautiful and interesting images. This post is different.
While in Prague this April, we toured several of the synagogues near our AirBnB. One was the Pinkas Synagogue which includes an exhibit of art made by Jewish children who were incarcerated in the Terezín ghetto during the Second World War. The ghetto was used for propaganda to convince international observers, such as the Red Cross, that German treatment of the Jews was humane. The children were props and almost all were murdered in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau after being put on display to show how well they were being treated.
We found the exhibit to be emotionally challenging. Many visitors were in tears. We looked at every piece of work and were heartsick.
This is our second response to The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Transformation.
Here is another slide show featuring Woody. His first story is at Transformation.
This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Music.
This photo was taken in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece. These Early Cycladic figurines, carved in parian marble, are a harpist and a flutist. According to a plaque near the figurines, the “Harpist of Keros, seated in an elegant throne, holds a stringed instrument, lyre or harp (trigonon).” Of the flutist, the plaque says “The musician plays the double flute standing firmly on the ground.” These figurines date from 3200 to 2700 BC.
Early Cycladic Harpist and Flutist
This photo was taken on September 23, 2016. Specs are:
Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/2.4, 1/3 sec, 5.9 mm
Last month we visited the National Archeological Museum in Athens, Greece. One of the major attractions is a statue of a Greek god posed mid-stride to hurl a weapon. This statue was recovered in 1928 from a shipwreck off Cape Artemision in north Euboea, Greece. Because the weapon itself was not recovered, it is uncertain exactly which god is represented. If the weapon was a thunderbolt, then this is most likely Zeus, the god of sky and thunder who lived on Mount Olympus as king of the gods. If the weapon was a trident, then this is probably Poseidon, god of the sea (and brother to Zeus). The museum believes that Zeus is the more probable answer.
Greek God (arm)
Greek God (arm)
Greek God (head)
This statue was created in bronze around 460 B.C.E. in the Early Classical (Severe) style. The beauty and detail of the statue is amazing and seems so advanced for something from a far distant past.