There’s A Red One And A Blue One And A Pink One And A Yellow One

Look, beloved!   There are more brightly-colored trinkets over here.

Sigyn has a fondness for red glass, but I have my eye on that green one…


In my previous post, I made the connection between fish and glass, and  you thought I was just making a wild simile metaphor analogy literary device thingy.

Shows what you know.  Behold:


That is a genuine fish vase.   The human female says it is probably for putting trout lilies in.  (She needs a smacking soooo bad.)

And, as if that were not enough, here is a fish pitcher.


I thought about inserting a baseball-themed fish pun here, but decided this was not the proper plaice for one.

Sigyn, come look at this weird little piece.  What do you think it is?


The card says it’s a perfume bottle, but wouldn’t it spend its whole life rolling off the dressing table?  Some artist spent weeks working on something that is just going to fall and smash on its first day of use.  Pathetic. That’s what it is—pathetic.

The theme of this next part of the exhibit seems to be the Exotic East or some such.

Hence: pyramids!


Why the storks overflying the  Egyptian pyramids are drawn in the Chinese style is explained on the little exhibit card.  Sloppy curating, that’s what that is.

More Egyptian-themed goodies:


A glass vase shaped like a chunk of elephant tusk.


News flash:  No one actually believes that is ivory.

This one, on the other hand, does look sort of ivory-ish.

cabochon vase

The cabochons, alas, are not actual rubies.  Too bad–I’d have had enough to buy my own fish vase.

Sigyn, I think we have found the stereotype portion of the exhibit.

Scratch that.  I think we have found the three-legged camel portion of the collection.  Exhibit A :


Aaaaand, Exhibit B:


Quite possibly, these unbalanced ships of the desert are a bit odd when it comes to limb number and placement.  No sleek luxury craft, these.  No, indeed!  These are ancient tripedal scows, paint peeling and crew swearing, lurching their way across a glassy sea.

A body could get motion sick just looking at this stuff.

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The Gift of Glass, Part II: A Cameo Appearance

The glass collection is notable for including a good number of cameo glass pieces.  Talk about fiddly!  These are made by layering different colors of glass and then carving the top layer away.  For a species with such short lives, humans seem to be willing to spend huge chunks of their allotted spans working on items that have no practical purpose.  I don’t know about Sigyn, but I know I would never have the patience to do this.

Carving on a flat surface would be hard enough…


but working on curves must be very difficult.


Sigyn wishes she could get a little closer.  I shouldn’t magic her inside the case, but I can make the vase easier to see.  Magnify!


Some of the vessels seem to be depicting stories, which aren’t always on the cards.  For example, why is the flying baby poking the floppy lady with a twig?


Sigyn likes the cute little owl on this vase, while I am more interested in the serpent on its foot.


Watch out, little glass squirrel–that snake cannot be distracted by waving bits of vegetation!

Sigyn says she thinks maybe this one has three layers, with some dark blue between the white and the turquoise.


After looking at all the pieces, she’s decided this is the most beautiful piece on display, and I wouldn’t say she’s wrong.


It could only be more beautiful if it were red.



Anything my lady desires.

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