We also tried to read the bumph for this exhibit in the English pamphlet. Incomprehensible. Completely. We ended up copy-editing the work over coffee. It was truly terrible. Truly. I lodged a formal complaint and affixed my marked up copy of the work. Here's hoping we get some work out of it! Cheeky, no?
Then we went into another exhibit Rutes d'Aràbia which was amazing. I found that my view of the Arabian peninsula was embarrassingly flat and uni-dimensional. There has been such a rich mass of activity going on there for thousands of years and there is so much amazing archaeology going on there which I knew nothing at all about, and frankly know I now mostly know a sense of how little I know. Absolutely fascinating.
Another point which I found fascinating I can only illustrate with some rather poor photos of my sketches from today. If you look at the three faces at the bottom of the first photo, they are quite stylised. prominent eyebrows formed by shallow half-circles, really half-elipses and a roughly long rectangular nose widening to a flat bottom wider than the top, though not significantly. See?
Now these noses are drawn from a variety of images through the show, which begins with the neolithic and moves right on through the modern day. Once the advent of Islam appears, however, there are fewer images of faces as one would expect.
Then at the very end of the show there was a photo of one of the kings, from 1910. I was strongly struck by the basic similarities between his face and the older ones. Strong largely rounded eyebrows, clearly outlined almond shaped eyes and a strong largely rectangular nose ending slightly wider than at the top and quite flat. See?
OK, I am not sure how striking this is in the sketches I have to work with, but it struck me hard.
I am not sure where to go with this. I wonder if the image was curated that way, probably so. These things are hardly tossed together on the back of a napkin. Maybe, as Youngest put it, maybe some of his great-great-great-great ancestors were the very ones in the images earlier in the exhibit.
Maybe some of them were.
Lovely, lovely fascinating day.