Saturday, April 26, 2008

Susa Archers

I took a glorious walk in the sunshine down to the Louvre yesterday. And then spent several hours inside, which might seem silly except that the sunlight really helps with taking photos in there. And it's a 45 minute walk each way so I was outside. Enough justification.

The Louvre's special exhibition right now is on Babylon. I just did a quick walk through since I'll be going back with my sweetie. Does bother me that all of the labels are in French and boy I'd have paid that exhorbitant amount for the coffeetable book if I could just understand it.

No photography was allowed in the exhibition, but I did take a wander over to the permanent collection to see remains of the Palace of Darius from Susa (in current day Iran). Also Babylonian and for obvious reasons too big to move over for the special show.


I'm so madly in love with the colors and patterns on the tilework. There are multiple sets of archers. The colors are so incredible, I wish you could see them. Soft yellow and turquoise.

A lone archer

This particular pattern appears often.

Another set of archers. You can't see it but the top has arrows pointing upwards.

There's cunieform writing in the middle:

I know, I know, more of the same. I took soooo many photos of the feet and robes, just be glad I narrowed it down some.

These remind me of antique quilts, the way the "fabric" in some blocks has aged more than in others. The colors are no longer like the makers intended, but still glorious all the same. I wish I hand-dyed fabrics - I'd love to try and duplicate the range of colors here.

18 comments:

Tanya said...

Some of those patterns and "blocks" on the clothing look like old friends!

Annemiek said...

Wauw! Love the colours! I visited the Pergamon museum last year in Berlin and saw The Babylonian Ishtar gate. Amazingly blue!

Clare said...

The column is stunning. I love the heads.

So so beautiful and the colours are inspiring.

Karen said...

That's all so beautiful, thank you so much for posting. Indeed looks like quilts.

Joyce said...

i think the archer's wives must have been quilters given the patterns on their tunics. A quilt in those colors would be fantastic. You may have to take up hand dyeing.

jovaliquilts said...

Keats got it right -- a thing of beauty is a joy forever. Those are amazing. I would never have expected the blue and yellow like that, but I suppose they are much softer now than they used to be.

Katie said...

I really enjoyed walking with you today. Thanks for taking me along.

Violette Severin said...

What a fascinating exhibition. Wish I could see it. I am planning on a Baltic Sea cruise next year and will be stopping in Berlin where you can get a bus tour to the museum that has the Pergamom Altar that an earlier commenter mentioned. I wonder if there is a book on the exhibition that the museum sells?

French Lady said...

why don't you take French class, you
will enjoy your stay in Paris much more. I spike from experience I
am a French lady living in Ontario Canada. Take a chance and enjoy the
French culture from a oder angel.

Françoise said...

i agree with the the canadian lady who lives in Ontario. take a French class. you will certainly better enjoy your stay in Paris. i encourage you. go ahead... i live in Switzerland and here almost every people can speak French, German, Italian and/or Spanish.
Congratulation for your patchwork i like to come visiting you every day.

KathieB said...

I love your photos of the Louvre. So many tourists have to run through and only hit the high spots. You have such a great opportunity to see it all at your own pace. And to share it with us!

McIrish Annie said...

If you stay long enuf and take enuf pictures, i won't have to include the Louvre in my visit, since I'll have already seen it!! LOL.

Love the little blocks surrounded by the big. how about a super skinny border separate and define them?? just a thought

Elaine Adair said...

"Everything old is new again" - amazing blend of the old stonework to our 'new' patchword. Incredible work!

YankeeQuilter said...

Now I feel the need to rummage through my hand-dyed to see if I can match it to the photos for you! I think a hand dying weekend would be fun...

Marsha said...

These are gorgeous!! Love the designs. So powerful yet so quiet. The colors are fantastic.

Lynda said...

magnificent. the best way to visit a museum is to visit one bit at a time - lucky you.

Kucki68 said...

If you ever go to Berlin check out the Pergamonmuseum (http://www.smb.museum/smb/standorte/index.php?lang=en&p=2&objID=27&n=2&r=4). They have a great babylonian gate there.

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