museums – Terpomuloj Mon, 10 May 2021 23:01:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 museums – Terpomuloj 32 32 British Museum Helps Return 2000-Year-Old Looted Statue to Libya | English museum Mon, 10 May 2021 23:01:00 +0000

A 2,000-year-old marble statue of a Greek goddess, from a rare illegal trafficking, has been returned to Libya after a lengthy repatriation case involving experts from the British Museum.

The well-preserved marble statue, dating from the 2nd century BC and probably representing Persephone, is said to have been fixed on a grave in a cemetery in the ancient Libyan city of Cyrene. She has snake bracelets etched into her wrists and holds a small doll, making her, according to the museum, “one of the rarest funerary statues in Cyrenaica.”

The museum was first involved in 2013 when UK Customs asked for help in identifying the statue seized by border officials at Heathrow Airport.

Peter Higgs, a curator, remembers going to Heathrow and knowing right away what it was and where it came from.

“It’s beautiful,” he said. “It’s a beautiful three-quarter-length statue, very well preserved with a few missing fingers. It is technically brilliant in the way it has been carved, with very crisp detail, and the face is very well preserved as many Greek statues have lost their noses.

British Museum staff Peter Higgs (left) and Hannah Boulton with Libyan Embassy charge d'affaires Mohamed Elkoni admire the statue at the Libyan Embassy in London.
British Museum staff Peter Higgs (left) and Hannah Boulton, accompanied by Libyan Embassy Chargé d’affaires, Mohamed Elkoni, admire the statue at the Libyan Embassy in London. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski / PA

It was made to be inserted into a cavity above a tomb and is believed to represent the Greek goddess Persephone. It is believed to show her emerging from the underworld where, according to Greek mythology, she spent a third of the year with Hades.

“It would have been a grave of very high status,” Higgs said. “There are other statues, most of which are still in Libya, in museums. I personally think it is one of the best in terms of conservation and quality of sculpture.

The doll figurine probably represents a memory taken to the afterlife, while the snake bracelets are associated with death and rebirth.

The coolness of its surface suggested that it had only recently been illegally searched, and it was likely exported during the upheavals of 2011 when dictator Muammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed.

The museum testified for the prosecution in a court case in 2015 and the judge ruled that it belonged to the Libyan state.

Since then, the statue has been stored in a basement of the British Museum as the wheels involved in the process of returning to Libya slowly turned. His repatriation was announced Monday at the Libyan embassy in London.

“It’s just nice to be a part of a story that has a happy ending,” Higgs said. “It will go back to Libya and be held in one of its museums as a flagship piece, it’s a nice feeling to be a part of it.”

Hartwig Fischer, Director of the British Museum, said: “An important part of the museum’s work on cultural heritage involves our close partnership with law enforcement agencies concerned with illicit trafficking.

“This case is another good example of the benefits of all parties working together to fight looting and protect cultural heritage.”

Kentucky Coal Museum Celebrates 50th Anniversary of ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ Mon, 10 May 2021 01:58:00 +0000

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) – The Kentucky Coal Museum is hosting a month-long celebration for the “Daughter of the Coal Miner” of Eastern Kentucky.

“During the month of May, anyone who comes in and mentions Loretta Lynn or the Coal Miner’s Daughter will receive a student discount instead of regular admission,” said Amanda Hughes.

The Harlan County Museum is dedicating the entire month of May to the 50th anniversary of one of Loretta Lynn’s most famous hits.

“One of her number one songs was the Coal Miner’s Daughter and it was about her, she’s the Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Hughes said.

The event also features a new exhibit courtesy of Lynn herself.

“The exhibit features some of her everyday clothes that she donated to the museum,” said Hughes. “We have a few summer dresses and one that’s a little more dressy like she maybe would for an interview.”

This is in addition to the existing display on the second floor of the building which includes a bedroom and other miscellaneous personal items.

“This is in addition to our already displayed stage dresses that are in cases where she also donated to us,” said Hughes.

Hughes said it symbolizes the fact that Lynn, a country music star, is like the rest of the mountains.

“It kind of shows looking at her everyday clothes, it kind of shows that she’s just a down to earth person just like us,” Hughes said.

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Lego exhibition at the museum a beautiful work of art Sun, 02 May 2021 10:25:10 +0000

At least 1 million LEGO have gone into a model of Columbus that is both real and imagined, and is on display at the Columbus Museum of Art.

However, according to the members of the OHIOLug (Ohio LEGO Users Group) who built the model, the number of Legos is probably closer to 5 million.

“We stopped counting after a million,” said Josh Wilke, president of OHIOLug. “It’s a funny question that we don’t have an answer to. There are a lot of Legos that are completely hidden in the exhibit. “

“Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of LEGO,” the museum’s annual Lego exhibit, runs until August 20. In addition to the model that depicts Columbus – 8 feet by 30 and 6 feet tall – in the museum’s Forum Room, there is a smaller LEGO exhibit that features holidays and activities for 12 months of the year and is located in an auxiliary space just outside the room.

Hannah Dow, left, and Josh Wilke from OhioLUG pose next to the big LEGO display they helped create at the Columbus Museum of Art.

All were built by OHIOLug – whose members are between 20 and 70 years old and at least a third of them are women. The exhibit, which has been on display at the museum for nine years, features real parts of Columbus, including buildings, rivers, and people, as well as fantastic items. Look for these new ones: Underwater features such as aquatic animals and sunken treasures; a flying saucer sailing over the city; the return of the 6-foot-high Rhodes Tower (the model had to be rebuilt after some structural damage) and, in a nod to the upcoming Memorial Tournament, an 18-hole putt-putt course that includes holes with Super Mario dinosaur themes and outer space, among others.