Castor or Pollux
Mid-2nd century c.e.
Probably Italy, marble.
"This youth is either Castor or Pollux. These two brothers were the offspring of a mortal woman. They had different fathers: Castor was the son of a mortal prince while Pollux was the son of the king of the gods, Jupiter. Thus Castor was mortal and Pollux, immortal. At the death of Castor, Jupiter offered the immortal Pollux a choice. He could remain immortal or he could divide immortality with his slain brother. They could live on alternate days in heaven and the Underworld. Out of love for his brother, Pollux chose to divide his immortality. The youths were associated with the constellation Gemini and thus they are portrayed with a star on their caps. Our figure cradles in his left arm a sheath.
The statue may be an approximate copy of a famous fifth-century B.C.E. sculpture that stood at the entrance of the Acropolis in Athens."
Nine Crow Clowns, 2012
Wendy Red Star
Crow, Montana, born 1981
Pigment prints on satin canvas
Clowns have long been a part of Crow ceremonial life, and here Wendt Red Star celebrates their contemporary incarnation. The painting -- a series of nine photographic pigment prints transferred to canvas -- depicts the mischievous figures against a unifying blue background. Only men portrayed clowns in the past; now, both men and women participate. They costume themselves as elders, wear pillows to distort their bodies, and don masks to hide their faces.
Liberate my soul.
Fill me with your love and
release me from the two worlds.
If I set my heart on anything but you
let fire burn me from inside.
take away what I want.
Take away what I do.
Take away what I need.
Take away everything
that takes me from you.
Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi
“When Henry Ford decided to produce his famous V-8 motor, he chose to build an engine with the entire eight cylinders cast in one block, and instructed his engineers to produce a design for the engine. The design was placed on paper, but the engineers agreed, to a man, that it was simply impossible to cast an eight-cylinder engine-block in one piece.”
Ford replied,”Produce it anyway.”
My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird
I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
— George Eliot
It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing
can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world – Chaos Theory
Drug Jar (albarello)
Italy, probably Pesaro
Earthenware, tin glazed (maiolica)
Pharmacies were great patrons of maiolica potteries from the early fifteenth century onward. Usually housed in monastic hospitals or royal residences, pharmacies often commissioned large sets of matching jars which were displayed in rows on shelves around the walls. Each jar was marked with the name of the drug it contained. Spouted jars were used to store and dispense liquid medicine. Early examples were closed by tying parchment over the top.