“He who knows nothing, loves nothing. He who can do nothing understands nothing. He who understands nothing is worthless. But he who understands also loves, notices, sees … The more knowledge is inherent in a thing, the greater the love.… Anyone who imagines that all fruits ripen at the same time as the strawberries knows nothing about grapes.”
Finally the photos of the visit to the Anthropology and Archaeology Museum in Cambridge. Travelling is amazing and visiting a museum is the next best thing – you not only travel to other exotic places but it also allows you to travel in time. I find it extremely stimulating. I always feel like sitting down and drawing after visiting these places, too bad I’m normally on the go and don’t have that much time for it.
The museum has an archeological collection with some local artifacts, which is quite small. I found the anthropology section a lot more fascinating. It was a small but very good collection, with specimens from all over the globe. I am fascinated by textiles and embroidery and of course traditional costumes as their richness is fascinating and inspiring. The colours and textures have a huge effect on my imagination and as always, I took some photos for reference and hope you enjoy them too.
The museum is situated across from the Sedgwick Earth Sciences Museum, which I have already covered here.
Excuse the glare on these last 2 photos but I had to take photos to somehow document what I experienced when I saw this transformation mask. You see, transformation masks are fairly common but they usually have an animal shape which then reveals a human face. I have seen many throughout the years – in museums and books – but have never seen an anthropomorphic one. I have no idea why but it nearly moved me to tears as I stood there contemplating its beauty and spiritual meaning. My eyes felt a little wet, I must say. Call me crazy if you like.
There was an exhibition of works by a British artist that had gone to Africa and was doing a project based on conversations with some people infected by HIV. I have misplaced the leaflet in the meantime and can’t remember the name, but I did enjoy some of the pieces.
Moche pottery from Peru, 100-800 AD. I found the expressions of some of these pots amusing. I am also interested in Peruvian artifacts and culture as Mr D is of Peruvian ancestry, so that is kind of an incentive to try and learn more about it.