Photography in the exhibition was not permitted, but the book has finely detailed images and the url above also displays some of the items on exhibit.
The themes are mostly religious, with the occasional moment of regal and baronial bling thrown in - such as fragments of horse trappings and seal bags bearing the lions of England. The ecclesiastical copes are just stunning. My particular favourite exhibit was the one on the way out and is a pall belonging to the guild of Fishmongers, made in the early 16th century and depicting a wonderful golden-haired mermaid holding up her mirror and with her reflection stitched inside it. I also rather liked some of the facial expression on the exhibits, especially the jolly, mischievous horses!
Although I couldn't take photographs at the exhibition, photography was permitted elsewhere in the museum and I took the opportunity to visit several galleries. As well as the European Medieval galleries which I often visit, I was particularly interested in Islamic Art of the Middle East this time around because my current work in progress, TEMPLAR SILKS, has deposited my hero William Marshal in the Middle East for two years of his life and there was so much cross culture in the region that he would have seen very similar items to those on display. Here is a selection of the pictures I took for my visual archive.
|13th century Syrian glass lamp depicting a falconer
|Rock crystal ewer 1000-1050 Egypt
|Rock crystal container 975-1050 Egypt
|Incense burner 1250-1300 Egypt or Syria
|writing box Egypt 1302
|moulded earthenware water flask 1200-1400 Syria
|Filter in the neck of a water jar to protect from impurities.