Saturday, March 24, 2007

Museum: Getty Villa

Yesterday we visited the Getty Villa with Shawn and Dawnita:

It was a beautiful experience to walk through the gardens, around the fountains with the fog rolling in from the ocean (the museum is located on a hill above the Malibu coastline).

As far as the works from antiquity... here are a few of my favorites (please excuse the poor quality of photography! "No flash photography.")

Polyhymnia: one of nine Muses, she was the Muse of mime - meant to inspire the poets and philosophers, but probably worshiped as a goddess. Roman A.D. 200.

Spouted Horn with a Stag - I love the intricate detail on this silver horn. It dates back to Parthian 50 B.C. - 50 A.D.

Griffen head: used by the Greeks as a guardian of valuable things, 650 B.C. (the Harry Potter books have quite a bit of Griffen imagery woven into the story - symbolic of the good guys and loyalty.)

As a math teacher I've used dice a lot in lessons to discuss probability etc. It was fun to see such an ancient pair of dice!

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  1. Sounds like you had a cool time. We'll have to go visit next time we have some visitors to take!

  2. Well, I was grossed out with one photo. Oh and Ang, that's a much better photo than that one in a restaurant. Glad you had a good time out.

  3. Great post.

    Miss you.

    We need to go somewhere cool this year sometime...

  4. Looks like fun! I love museums.