Happy Chinese New Year
Year of the Snake
|Chinese Lantern Plant|
I took this photo back in the Autumn. My daughter is learning piano, and this lovely Chinese lantern plant was in her teacher's garden. I love the way it gets more beautiful as it ages (just like some people). Do you know anyone who is getting more beautiful as they get older?
I had a second trip to the British Museum, and on the journey there my son decided what I should try to photograph. He suggested snakes, as it is the Chinese Year of the Snake.
Snakes were much harder to find than I had imagined. At first I had to really hunt to find any. But they were there in nearly every culture. And eventually I did find some ...
|in Ancient Egypt|
|and in Egyptian Hieroglyphics|
|with the Romans|
|and an Aztec Rattle Snake|
|and finally in Ancient Greece with some other animals.|
I really love this Greek bowl. The painting is so fresh it is hard to believe it is so old.
In fact the only part of the museum where I couldn't find snakes was Ancient Britain.