Around the World in 80 Treasures

9 03 2012

Recently I’ve been “filling the well” … reading my favourite books, watching favourite and new art and science documentaries …

One of the series I’ve enjoyed very much is ‘Around the World in 80 Treasures. The wiki page has all the 80 listed, but the ones I especially liked are (not ranked by importance, but by the order they appeared in the series):

#4: Spider necklace of Sipán; Lambayeque, Peru

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  • though the way the narrator of the series behaves in this segment is cringe-worthy
  • Sipán is a Moche archaeological site in northern Peru that is famous for the tomb of El Señor de Sipán (Lord of Sipán). It is considered to be one of the most important archaeological discoveries in the last 30 years, because the main tomb was found intact” [source]
  • The art metalwork sculpture spider necklace was made for the warrior priest Old Lord of Sipan about 400-500 A.D. The gold spider beads are anthropomorphic and feature a human face on the spider. The spider necklace is resting on gilded copper jewelry and ornament (now corroded green)” [source]

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#22: Gold elephant; Ayutthaya, Thailand

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  • sadly, the series narrator is again a bit of a ninny; feeling the need to be in the shot at all times
  • Elephant kneeling with a howdah. A beautifully finished masterpiece of the goldsmith’s art. Studded and encrusted with gems. Made in about 1420, the same time as the tower in which it was found.” [source]

#39: Jantar Mantar observatory, Jaipur, India

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  • The Jantar Mantar was built by Jai Singh II (emperor of the Amber dynasty) in between the years 1727 and 1734… The Jantar Mantar was built with marble, several stones and bronze sheets; the placement of these materials is very accurate. The Jantar Mantar observatory is also known as “time machine”. It contains 14 numerical devices which are used in time measurement, approaching eclipses, discovering new planets, present condition of the planets and predicting about the outer space altitudes.” [source]
  • screen shot from the series

  • it has the largest sun dial in the world

More tomorrow



One response

9 03 2012

Thanks for posting this! I was only recently introduced to the Jantar Mantar through an image Elizabeth took and posted on the Heat Exchange blog (it’s here but I had no idea what it was. It’s now all been explained to me. xx m

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