I’m a Magnet

Yesterday my friend Renee and I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Last week, I thought, “I love museums, and I always go when I travel: Why not in my own town?” It had been a while since I’d been to The Met, so I proposed it. Of course, I wanted to go to the Greek and Roman Art gallery–I know, I know, I’m so predictable! Well, not only that–I am also a magnet because tucked in the corner of room 163, I found the three cases of antiquities on loan from the Region of Sicily. I can’t make this stuff up. 

I walked in the room, and I recognized the pieces immediately because I’d seen them in Aidone in 2014. Seriously! It was like they called my name. (NB, I had no idea they are here in New York City!) If you are a geek like me, and you find this stuff fascinating, go find them. They are really extraordinary. 

So, here’s an edited version of The Met’s description of the photographed (4.5 inches in diameter) medallion (that I blogged about in May 2015). “Gilt-sliver emblema representing Scylla” Greek, Sicilian, 3rd century B.C. “Scylla, the Homeric sea monster who lived in a cave in a cliff off the Straits of Messina, is shown about to hurl a boulder she holds over her head. She is depicted in the characteristic way, with the upper body of a beautiful woman and three dogs springing from her hips [devouring fish] amid her scaly extremities.” It’s made of silver and gilt and is from the archaeological site Morgantina.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Allison, that is truly amazing! You are not only a magnet, I believe your intuition could actually sense their presence. I believe in synchronicity – not just simple coincidence. Besides that amazing part, this medallion is absolutely stunning, not just in its artwork but in what it depicts. This powerful woman Scylla tossing a huge boulder over her head with 3 powerful dogs springing from her hips, like aides in her activity. Wow!

    Well, you had quite the day. Exhilarating to say the least. <3

    1. You completely understand the synchronicity of this Dana! I mean, it’s just so strange… I haven’t been to The Met in years, and I thought, I must go, and go this week! They were calling me to go. And yes, she’s very powerful.

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