Sunday, January 06, 2008

The First Emperor exhibition and Twelfth Night

I went to the British Museum yesterday with Ruth, to see the First Emperor exhibition. I had been surprised at how booked up the exhibition had been, we had to wait a couple of months to get these tickets. It seems blockbuster exhibitions are the places to be seen to go to.
There are because of this, too many people to make looking at most of the objects in the cases easy or enjoyable. The larger terracotta figures are impressive, but there are really only a few of them. Having seen documentary films of the army of figures in China, where there are thousands, it's a little disappointing.
I did attempt to do some sketches of some of the larger figures, tracing their outline with my pen helped my seeing and appreciation of the craftsmanship and individuality of the figures. ( not easy when I was being bumped all the time by people, and a few almost pushing me over, as they were talking to other people and carrying on walking )
As it's Twelfth Night, the decorations are coming down, more attempts at photos. The tree will be out for recycling, I always miss having a tree inside after Christmas.

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