A few months ago, my friend Maria informed me that the National Archaeological Museum had opened its doors again after having been closed for aeons (6 years!) for renovations. And finally, this Friday, we scurried off to Madrid to edify ourselves on a dose of culture.
Everyone loves a perky reception 😉
They let you take photos inside. Since flash is not allowed, the pics are a bit fuzzy, apologies for that. Let’s go straight to the museum’s most glamorous A-lister:
The Lady of Elche (Elche is a town in Valencia, where this beauty was unearthed), believed to date from the 4th century BC
It is rumoured that she was wearing a gold bikini on her (unfortunately still missing) bottom half.
This one’s drawing much admiration from his brethren…
..because he’s the only one who needs a wedge under his pedestal to keep him upright
The devil’s in the detail
*WANTED* Suspect fleeing crime scene. Last seen ca. 2000 yrs ago
A beautiful maiden bringing some freshly picked fruit along for a picnic…?
Uhm…nope. It’s a frisky fertility god named Priapus with a different kind of proposition… The marble statue dates from the 1st century and turned up (or on?) near Málaga.
Food? Of course there was food!
Our Ethiopian lunch 🙂 So pretty. So spicy!
I may be responsible for some of what’s missing there…