|Waiting to go to the subway station|
It worked out really well. I whisked the kids up to the Byzantine section and countered the numerous, ongoing protests by telling them about some of the things we were seeing, tying it in to things we've read about and talked about. I tried to tie the Mithras panel below to a book on Roman solders that we have.
|Nat and the glowing screen|
I love the glowing, opalescent ancient glass. I can't remember if that's a patina caused by time, or intentional on the part of the glassblowers, but so pretty.
Melanie asked me if that's a Byzantine representation of Artemis, and I didn't check but I will next visit. It certainly looks like it. Byzantine eyes are so distinctive. I just re-read Sailing to Sarantium, so I told the kids a little about Justinian, who made a slave girl his Empress.
|Blurry Ancient Crete. Bull dancers and the goddess of bull dancers|
|This was extant|
Nineteenth century riding habit, cut so the shirt would fall sidesaddle. Hard to take a picture, the lighting wsa very low and the flash caused light bursts. There's a pair of pants made for wearing under it. They're beautifully tailored.
Neat tunic with interesting design. I can't remember what century but I'm thinking Middle Eastern and 14th century or later.
We also spent a lot of time in the kids' section, where all of them found new friends and the boys played the totally logical game Dinosaurs Attack the Toy Castle, which happens every time we go. The girls, like little gender stereotypes, gathered up dolls and mothered them, and did puzzles quietly, and had tea parties.
A really good trip.