Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Menorah in sepia

I visited British Museum in London for the first time this February.
One may consider the exhibition as the world's most gigantic theft.
Nevertheless British archaeologists searched for and took care of world heritage, at a time most countries hardly could support themselves.
I also find it positive that the priceless, tremendous exhibition is public, and even has free admission.
I chose to make this Babylonian finding, a Menorah carved in a gold plate, with reverse letters?? Is it kind of a stamp? I guess it's from the time when the people of Israel were abducted to Babylon.

Psalms Chapter 137

1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
2 Upon the willows in the midst thereof we hanged up our harps.
3 For there they that led us captive asked of us words of song, and our tormentors asked of us mirth:
'Sing us one of the songs of Zion.'
4 How shall we sing the LORD'S song in a foreign land?
5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
6 Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember thee not;
if I set not Jerusalem above my chiefest joy.
7 Remember, O LORD, against the children of Edom the day of Jerusalem;
who said: 'Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.'
8 O daughter of Babylon, that art to be destroyed;
happy shall he be, that repayeth thee as thou hast served us.

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anemonen said...

Interesting post.

Annie Jeffries said...

Good morning, Elise. What a marvelous bit of history to display for us and the psalm that give insight to us.

I also appreciate your comment " . . British archaeologists searched for and took care of world heritage . . ." One can only wonder at what might have been lost had they NOT.

Amrita said...

I have also heard of the untold treasures of the British museum. Many are from India.

I guess there are Norwegian ones too.

This is a lovely piece you have displayed.

By the Rivers of Babylon, I like the song.

Leora said...

Felisol, I looked on the British Museum website, but I couldn't find anything more about this piece. Thanks for showing.

Yes, Jews spent a lot of time in Babylon, even after they could have returned to Israel.

The British Museum also has the famous Cyrus cylinder.

B i r g i t t a said...

A beautiful entry!

Felisol said...

This tablet was pretty small and hung among lots of other items, which I think was excavated in Babylon.They were assembled on a wall behind glass cases. I see that the letters are Roman, so I may be misled by my poor memory. What caught my eye was the Menorah and the photos I took just before this definitely were from the Babylonian area.
It would have been so interesting to learn what this tablet is all about.

There were lots and lots of items from India, I took pictures of just a few of them.
Then there were treasures from China and Egypt as well.
Not many Norwegian though. You'll find more Norwegian antiques in Dublin. Dublin was founded by Norwegian vikings and there are huge exhibitions of recent (1970-80) viking findings in Ireland.
The Norwegian vikings did fight in England too, but England never got to send archaeologists to Norway...
Perhaps they aren't that proud of being beaten by the vikings.

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