My last day in London was spent at the British Museum. Again, there was so much to see that I barely skimmed the surface. I made a bee line to the ancient gold jewelry of the Minoans and Mycenaeans, then through the sculptures of the Parthenon into ancient Assyria, Egypt and Mesopotamia. Of course, this is where I always go, creature of habit that I am. This time I took photos and notes. There is a special energy in these rooms which I cannot explain but is definitely awe inspiring. After browsing the antiquities, I had a fabulous lunch in the upper atrium cafe which included the most beautiful caesar salad I've even seen then off to browse the fabulous bookshop. As I was leaving I walked quickly through a room filled with Native American antiquities as I was late for a meeting....Ohhhhhhhhh....had I known! There are so many more treasures yet to see. Maybe someday I will live in London for a time just so I can see every inch of this magnificent museum. I ended the day with a visit to a dear high school friend who is a full time resident in the UK and her delightful business partner and friend .... a great end to a lovely trip.
I took more photographs than I can share here but here are some highlights....
atrium at British museum
gold & carnelian necklace from Cyprus 1400BC
Minoan earring from Crete 1850-1550BC
Aphrodite 2nd cent. AD Roman
flying eagle necklace from Turkey 1400BC
goddess Hathor 1400BC Egypt
Nebamun, Hatshepsut & daughter hunting the marshes 1400BC
Egyptian limestone game "mehen" 2890BC
Egyptian faience necklace
Assyrian limestone letter and envelope 1850BC
funerary headdress & necklace from Ur 2500BC
Pheonician carnelian & gold necklace from Tarros Sardinia 500BC
Hellenistic oak wreath from Turkey 350BC
"If you are truthful you will have as much gold as you want."
~ Greek proverb ~