This. This is an actual mummified body from Egypt. I stared at this thing for a good 10 minutes because I'm a little morose like that.
On an ancient Persian wall.
Weapons!!! Swords!!! Spears!!! I'm obsessed.
The first known mosaic of Jesus Christ.
The old Christian symbol.
Besides mummies and weapons, old jewelry is the other thing that I can stare at for hours. I feel as though these pieces are maybe the most personal things you can find in the museum. It's almost as though a little bit of someone's soul is trapped in the object; thus, I am entranced. God, I love history!
This is the same museum that "owns" the Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles. Of course, this is an interesting controversy as Greece has asked for the marbles back, but the British have sort of a 'finders, keepers' mentality about it all. There was even a plaque up explaining, in a very politically spun way, that if the British hadn't taken the marbles they may have been eroded, vandalized and destroyed. In a conservation effort, they say, they had to take and keep the valuable pieces.
Ok, fair enough, I suppose. But maybe it's time to give it back?
What do you think?