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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Queen of the Night

Today my main topic won't be mosaic, but the beautiful Queen of the Night...

I met her on June 8 at the British Museum, but had known her for a long long time, and was thrilled to meet her in person for the first time.

Interestingly enough, the Sumerian Goddess from about 1750 BC comes 1300 years later to haunt Odysseus on a Greek Crater from around 450 BC.

1600 years later as a funerary mermaid.

and 2100 years later on a beautiful Roman mosaic in Tunisia, as a mermaid again, taunting Odysseus...

So you see here, we have an old symbol, sometimes we call it an archetype, which has survived 2000 years, and somehow is still alive in collective memories... 
Kongelige Bibliotek, Gl. kgl. S. 3466 8ยบ, Folio 37r

That is why studying Art, History and Mythology  might help us understand present times. There is a reason why dictators don't want us to study humanities (or finance education systems which would teach these materials). Humanities allow us to understand what people did it in the past, why they did it, what happened to them as a consequence, and may help us make sure  we won't get fooled again...

I am a modern mosaic artist with a deep admiration for ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine Arts. You can see some of my own mosaics on my site mosaicblues.


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