Thursday doors…at the Penn Museum

Posted: December 5, 2019 in Thursday doors
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On Tuesday I introduced you to the Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, Queen Puabi, Ur, and fabulous jewelry. Today we’re looking at doors. This first one is the imposing front door, but not one used by the general public. I believe it might be used when part of the facility is rented for a wedding or similar event. What about that tile or brick work?

Glass makes taking a photo without reflections difficult to impossible. However, this door in the African gallery is worth putting up with the reflections!

And then there’s this latch! I was stunned by the beauty of both.

When is a door not a door? When it’s a false door. (Reminds me of the lines from “The King and I.” Anna: “Oh, but this is a lie.” King: “It is a false lie!”) As you can see when you read the information, there are several important offerings shown in the hieroglyphics: beer and bread. 🙂 And in that spirit, happy Thursday!

for Thursday Doors (and that is not a false lie!)

  1. Joanne Sisco says:

    Great finds! That latch is truly stunning.

  2. What a delightful collection of doors this time!! How exciting to find a museum exhibit on doors, of all things.

    • Good morning, Madison. The museum didn’t actually have an exhibit on doors, I just took photos of the two that were in the African and Egyptian galleries and then the outside door (and a few other actual doors from the museum as well.) A door exhibit would be quite cool!

  3. So many years later, you still manage to find the best, most interesting doors! I honestly love the first shot particularly for the angle. It looks so important, captured from below, looming large above the viewer.

    • It’s an enormous door, Hannah, but so attractive. I have one from the inside as well, which will probably appear another time. Happy Thursday to you and I hope you’re doing well.

  4. That latch is gorgeous. I think it’s so neat that museums save and curate doors! Great finds, Janet.

  5. Amy says:

    Beautifully captured, Janet! I love the angle you took for the first image.

  6. Oh my, what a magnificent offering. Thank you!

  7. TCast says:

    Wow, amazing find!

  8. Very cool stuff. Craftsmen spent so much time and thought with their work in past eras

  9. Norm 2.0 says:

    Some amazing finds, but that’s what I love most about museums. I keep going back and looking at that latch and wondering how it was made…
    Really cool post Janet!

  10. jazzytower says:

    The 2nd one is awesome.


  11. Junieper2 says:

    Both very beautiful, the wood work as well as the white engraved stone!

  12. marianallen says:

    Oh, them doors! Them tiles! Them offerings! What a great post!

  13. Love the door in the African gallery especially!

  14. I love museum tours. That second door is amazing, Janet, and that latch, wow.

  15. Wow, very nice, Janet! Loved that latch!

  16. Prior... says:

    ok – so now I am super glad I spent a little time to catch up on a few missed posts tonight – because a false door – very cool

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