March 3, 2019

Egypt's Sunken Cities at the Minneapolis Institute of Art

Egypt's Sunken Cities at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for March 3, 2019

On Sunday night, Miss Sheri and I had the opportunity to sub-in for a team in a curling match.  Unfortunately we didn't help our team win, but it ended up being a more competitive match than I thought it would be for our first time.

Our friends, Guy and Jeanine Perea, are basically professional curlers.  They help teach the instructional class at the Lakeville Curling Club and were the ones who asked us to fill-in for the night.  We just may have to join a league next year because it was a whole bunch of fun.

We joined our friends, The Browns and Zitzewitzes, for a visit to the Minneapolis Institute of Art.  It's a pretty incredible place.

I can't believe we'd never been here before.  The place is huge and has such an amazing collection of art from all over the world and so many different eras.  We could have spent hours and hours here and probably not seen everything.

We were excited that Luke and Avery were able to join us for the trip.  We hadn't seen either one of them for several weeks.  Luke's spring break started this week and we were pretty close to Avery's apartment so he decided to join us for the day.  We always enjoy seeing angry statue dudes with our favorite sons.  

It takes pretty big balls to make an exhibit like this.

I thought this guy looked a little familiar.

The main reason for our trip was to see a special exhibit called Egypt's Sunken Cities.

It's a pretty cool exhibit featuring pieces that were recovered by an underwater archaeologist named Franck Goddio and his team back in 2000.  They discovered the lost city of Thonis-Heracleion off the coast of Egypt and recovered a huge treasure trove of artifacts.

This is the Stele of Thonis-Heracleion.  My understanding is that it was deciphered to reveal that it primarily regards payments to the local temple.  Quickbooks seems to be a much easier way to do that, but maybe their computers weren't working or something.

I'm not sure who this lady was, but I just keep thinking what it must have been like being the person that discovered her.  I can't imagine swimming around the ocean and suddenly stumbling across a huge statue like this with her eyes missing.  Talk about Spooky.  I would have thought she was going to suddenly come to life and pull me down into the depths of hell.  But I just get funny thoughts like that sometimes.

Of course, you aren't supposed to touch any of the exhibits but we found with some of them you could put your hand over the top of the statue, it would set off a small alarm.  Naturally making that happen was the highlight of our day.

Not all of the items in the exhibit were discovered underwater.  Some of them were discovered on land in Eqypt.  Sadly, I don't know which ones are which but this guy looks just a little bit too clean to have been under the water for 1200 years like the others.  I wonder if he realized that his shadow makes him look like a bishop in Chess?  Probably not. 

Miss Sheri thought this guy might have been the inspiration for Weeble Wobbles.  If he was, I'm sure he really regrets missing out on all those royalties.

This guy wasn't in the Egypt exhibit, but I think we found him in the Asia area.  In any case, he probably should have been in the Christmas exhibit so he could stand next to his buddy, Cold Miser.

This is a God named Hapy and he was too big to fit in the actual exhibit, so they stuck him out in the hall instead.  I'm sure he wasn't too Hapy about that!

It must be nice to have a statue like this made in your image that lasts for a millennium or two.  I'm going to see if I can get one of these created of me sometime.  Then I'll dump it in the ocean for someone to discover in a thousand years.  That'll show 'em.

I'm going to buy myself a casket in the shape of a big bird.  I think I'd rather go with a duck, though.  I'll also add some sound effects so if you lift the lid of my casket, it makes loud quacking sounds.  That will be so fun.

I wish I would have lived during the times of the Hippo People.  I bet they were pretty nice.

This guy had some really nice, thick hair.  Not sure why he'd smash it down with that bucket hat though.  

What a fun day at the Minneapolis Institute of Art!

After our visit to the museum, we visited a nearby restaurant called Lake and Irving which happens to be located at the intersection of Lake Street and Irving.  Really good food, but they are going to have a heck of a time opening a second location.  What other city has a Lake Street that crosses Irving Street?

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