MuseumInsel #2

Pergamon Museum #2

There’s a fair bit more at the Pergamon Museum than just the Ishtar Gate.

The Market Gate from Miletus, for example. Graeco-Roman.
Assyrian(ish) Lammasu – guardian protectors placed on either side of important City or Palace Gates
Assorted bits of really nice Near Eastern Jewellery … this necklace (?) is of gold and lapis lazuli.

The Neues Museum

Despite the name, this contains much in the way of Egyptian and Germanic antiquities … it is a separate institution (at least nominally) but with the new construction on Museuminsel it is now connected to the Pergamon Museum by an underground walkway.

What’s an Egyptian Museum without a statue of Bast for cat lovers?
And ritual cart statues – sadly, as is almost always the case, the golden earrings that were in the statuettes pierced ears were long gone by the time it was discovered,
A nice set of Canopic Jars – to contain the internal organs removed during the mummification process.
Gold jewellery and other items from high status burials – evidently Gold was something of a royal monopoly and only high status individuals would be granted the right to possess any, either as direct gifts of jewellery from the royal court or as raw gold to have their own pieces made to order.
On the upper floors there is some surprisingly interesting Roman stuff – like this very well preserved example of a warded roman barrel padlock and original chains.
And the remains of a set of Phalerae, silver medallions issued by the Emperor to soldiers, usually Centurions and above, as rewards – sort of like a cross between a Medal for Valour, a Campaign Medal and a retirement bonus (it wasn’t uncommon for such awards to be made multiple times to a single individual – and you could only actually wear one of them). They were evidently worn attached to a leather harness which was worn over the armour.
And there’s the usual suits of plate armour – most of it late Medieval or even early Renaissance.
Though some of it is much earlier – like this piece, probably 11th or 12th century.

There’s much more on Berlin to follow … but that will be in a later post

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