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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


A Turtle's Pace


So I posted Monday's Cheerful Weather for the Wedding production design tribute without a turtle (the slow-moving creature has a key place in the story). Here, better late than never, some varied interpretations from The Met.

Clockwise from the top:

19th or mid-20th century copper alloy turtle amulet from northern Côte d'Ivoire-southwestern Burkina Faso.

Circa 1550–1450 B.C. carnelian turtle amulet from Egypt, New Kingdom.

11th - 16th century gold turtle bell pendant from Costa Rica, Chiriqui culture.

Circa 3500–2650 B.C. alabaster turtle-form vessel lid from Egypt, Predynastic, Naqada II–Early Dynastic Period.

Update 6.7.13
Thanks to textile designer Zak Profera for sharing a related painting he spied on a recent trip to the Pera Museum, The Tortoise Trainer by Late-Ottoman-Empire artist Osman Hamdi Bey.

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