as with the british museum I spent the best part of two days exploring the ledendary Louvre, and have a myriad of images to add to my visual resource.
here are a few pics of some small object with faces
Museum Reich der Kristalle
the next stop was the kingdom of crystals which is part of the mineralogical state collection of Bavaria..the museum on display are varying displays of minerals form all over the worlds it is a small museum from a huge petrified wood stump examples of lab grown gems to paua shell and coral specimens the selection is broad and well worth a visit. I was surprised to find a small darkened room displaying suspended and rotating crystal display the rock glowed iridescent orange ,green pink and yellow these forms reminded me of mini Judy Darragh limbo sculptures
of the numerous and wonderful works on show at the Pinothek der moderne, this work titled Passage, by Roman Ondak, 2004 was my pick of the lot. these small sculptural peices are actually made by japaenes steel workers. The Artist gave the workers bars of chocolate and aked them to eat the chocolate and then make a sculpture from the silver foil wrapper.
the trip to the markets was great I managed to buy some interesting crystals one of which looked like a fossilized corn cob, I later found out its probably some sort of petrified coral.
There were untold collections of badges and scrappy costume jewellery and I did come across this wonderful felt hat and an interesting ebony and paua brooch
St peters church was built in the early 1300s
it is incredible in its baroque archetecture and gold detail every where
my main aim in visiting was to see the relics of St Munditia The patron saint of “spinsters”. The skeleton lies in a gilt glass coffin lined with red velvet, her bones have been Sewn into a transparent body stocking and then studed somehow with large jewels and pearls and gold, with glass eyes staring on. her remains have been here since their transfer from the Roman catacombs in 1675. In her hand she holds a glass container filled with dried blood, a relic of her martyrdom from her beheading in 310 AD
It was actually really creepy, this bejewlling skeletons is not uncommon in Germany. What does this about the value of the jewel? do these skeletons perform a function to the church as macabre, life size souvenirs?