Local Heart, Global Soul

May 16, 2016

Does My Butt Look Big In This? This Rear End Is Delicious…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I will come back to a few bits and pieces in the first gallery later, but first I wanted to show you something that made my heart skip a beat.

My friends and I walked through a doorway and found a room full of stunning exhibits, we split up and started reading some of the information boards that went with each piece depending on what first caught our eye.

Once I had read through this one I went to find my friends to make certain that they didn’t miss this.

Amazingly this massive piece of ornate carving used to adorn the stern of a ship from the 1600’s, it has seen thousands of kilometres slip away underneath it, the spray of countless waves has rested on these boards, and all of this precious detail has been lashed by numerous storms.

The information board reads: “Stern carving from the Royal Charles” polychromed wood, circa 1660, England. This coat of arms of King Charles II of England once adorned the stern transom, or “counter”, of the English flagship the “Royal Charles”. The vessel was captured by Dutch forces in 1667 at it’s home port of Chatham, near London and towed over the North Sea to the Netherlands, where it was scrapped. The counter decoration was preserved to commemorate this extraordinary Dutch triumph and England’s defeat.”

I always thought that the rear end of a sailing ship from this time probably had  painted ornamentation rather than carved ones, and I never could have dreamed that if there had been carved decoration that it would be anywhere near as stunningly detailed as this.

Both my friends had managed to enter the room without looking up or behind them, so my excited discovered was met with amazed surprise, they too staring in disbelief at the colossal scale of this carving and the amount of  detail contained within in it.  Mind you with a butt this beautiful who cares it if looks big…Yet again I discover a new item to add to my Arty favourites list… to say that Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is full of treasures is one of the understatements of the year…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum

2 Comments »

  1. Amazing! I think one of my favorite parts is the carved chain links around the horse’s body. So much dimension & detail!

    Comment by Carrie — May 25, 2016 @ 2:46 am | Reply

    • Carrie,
      I liked those chain links too! Did you see the top of the Lion’s tail ? it looks almost completely free of the back side of the carving, so many details so many more that I discover every time I look at this anew. Just as well it was up high, I soooo wanted to touch this!

      Comment by kiwidutch — May 26, 2016 @ 6:43 pm | Reply


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