Pictish Symbol Stones

The National Museum of Scotland has a wonderful collection of Pictish symbol stones; monumental stelae carved by the Pictish inhabitants of Scotland during the 6th-9th centuries.

Pictish symbol stone showing a goose and a fish, Pictish, from Easterton of Roseisle, Moray, Scotland, 500-800 AD
Pictish symbol stone showing a boar from Dores, Scotland, 500-800 AD
Pictish symbol stone of schist with crescent and double discs from Fiscovuig, Skye, Scotland 500-800 AD
Pictish symbol stone of rough sandstone with the incised figure of a bull, Pictish, from Burghead, Moray, Scotland, 500-800 AD
Pictish symbol stone sculptured on both sides with incised figure of a crescent, from South Ronaldsay, Scotland, 500-800 AD
Pictish symbol stone of granite, with circles and square-shaped figures, from Strome Shunnamal, Benbecula, Inverness-shire, 500-800 AD.
Pictish symbol stone from Scotland, 500-800 AD

 

The Ballachulish Figure, an Iron Age Sculpture

The Ballachulish Figure 

The mysterious Ballachulish figure is a roughly life-sized figure of a girl or goddess, carved from a single piece of alder, with pebbles for eyes. It was found in 1880, in Ballachulish, in Inverness-shire, Scotland and dates to the Iron Age, around 600 BC. The wooden sculpture was found in a bog overlooking the entrance to a sea loch, covered by the remains of a wickerwork structure.

Skeletons from the Natural History Museum

Whales: Beneath the Surface was the Natural History Museum’s latest exhibition, timed to coincide with the unveiling of the new entrance hall, where childhood favourite Dippy has been replaced by a blue whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling. It was open to the public from 14 July 2017 until 28 February 2018.

Pakicetus skeleton cast, Natural History Museum
Pakicetus skeleton cast, 50 million year old earliest ancestor of the whale, Natural History Museum
Dorudon skeleton, 40 million year old ancestor of the whale, Natural History Museum
Dorudon skeleton, 40 million year old ancestor of the whale, Natural History Museum
Bottlenose dolphin skeleton, Natural History Museum
Bottlenose dolphin skeleton, Natural History Museum
Fish skeleton, Natural History Museum
Fish skeleton, Natural History Museum
Whale baleen, Natural History Museum
Whale baleen used to filter feed, Natural History Museum

 

Hope, the Blue Whale Skeleton at the Natural History Museum

Hope, the Blue Whale has recently been installed as the star exhibit of the Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum in London
The whale’s pose reflects the latest research into how these huge animals eat krill, their tiny prey
Its new diving pose was devised by Museum experts to better reflect how the species behaves in the oceans
It dominates the Hintze Hall, dramatically setting off the opulent Waterhouse ceiling

 

Hetepni, an Ancient Egyptian Tax Collector

Seated statue of Hetepni, chamberlain of the King. Old Kingdom, 6th Dynasty, 2200 BC, from Saqqara, Egypt, now at Neues Museum AM 34428
Seated statue of Hetepni, chamberlain of the King, 2200 BC

 

Hetepni was an accountant and tax collector in the revenue office of the king over 4000 years ago in Egypt. Found in Saqqara, this mortuary statue tells us that he was was responsible:

‘…for the counting of everything that crawled or flew in the water and in the marshland‘.

The statue dates from the end of the 6th Dynasty, the last of the Old Kingdom, after which Egypt entered a period of political unrest. He may have served was Pepi II, who is credited at being one of the longest reigning monarchs in history at 94 years.

Seated statue of Hetepni, chamberlain of the King. Old Kingdom, 6th Dynasty, 2200BC, from Saqqara, Neues Museum AM 34428
Seated statue of Hetepni, chamberlain of the King, 2200 BC

‘Lasts’ Art Installation by Elena Hutchcroft and Karolina Nieduza

I was pleased to be involved in the exciting collaboration between artists Elena Hutchcroft, Karolina Nieduza and the Alfred Gillett Trust for Somerset Art Weeks 2017.

‘Lasts’ is an art installation in response to Street’s rich history of shoe making, bringing traditional lasts to life in a contemporary installation.

‘Lasts’ art installation by Elena Hutchcroft and Karolina Nieduza in the Alfred Gillett Trust barn for Somerset Art Weeks 2017
‘Lasts’ art installation by Elena Hutchcroft and Karolina Nieduza in the Alfred Gillett Trust barn for Somerset Art Weeks 2017
‘Lasts’ art installation by Elena Hutchcroft and Karolina Nieduza in the Alfred Gillett Trust barn for Somerset Art Weeks 2017
‘Lasts’ art installation by Elena Hutchcroft and Karolina Nieduza in the Alfred Gillett Trust barn for Somerset Art Weeks 2017