In the Bardo Museum IV. - Odysseus Room (WS photo – The Odysseus mosaic)
Room 27 is called the Odysseus Room, after a mosaic from Dougga of which four fragments have been preserved; one of them shows Odysseus tied to the mast as he listens to the Sirens (third century).
A mosaic from El Djem depicts the musical contest between Apollo and the satyr Marsyas (second century), another the "Triumph of Venus" (Kasserine, third century).
This is the oldest and the most important of Tunisian museums. Over a century ago, it was established in the premises of a Beylical palace, for the most part built in the mid XIXth century, and which has retained all the features of a princely residence. It underwent several refurbishments to adapt to the expanding collections and to the ever-increasing flows of visitors, but today it is undergoing a huge restructuring plan to improve its visibility and legibility.
Thousands of objects originating from excavations carried out all over the country during the XIXth and XXth centuries are on display. These are divided into departments between fifty or so rooms and galleries, illustrating the various stages of Tunisia’s history, from prehistory to the middle of the last century, which in chronological order are prehistory, the Punic-Libyic period, the Roman and early Christian periods, with the Vandal and Byzantine eras, and finally, the Islamic period running to contemporary times.
Thanks to its collection of mosaics, the Bardo museum has gained an international reputation for the richest, the most varied and the most refined collection. Amongst the finest pieces it holds are the representation of Virgil surrounded by muses, or the pavement of Dionysos giving Ikarios the gift of the vine, or another celebrating the triumph of Neptune, to mention only a few of the key exhibits. But these are not the museum’s only assets.
Amongst the Bardo’s major exhibits is the “hermaion”, an altar dating to the Mousterian period (-40 000 years ) considered as one of the very earliest forms of human spiritual expression: a conical shaped pile 75cm high and 1.50 m wide , composed of more than 4000 pieces of flint, bones and limestone balls.
From the Punic period there is a superb solid gold armour belonging to a Campanian warrior, jewellery, the stele of a priest carrying a child for sacrifice as well as many refined funerary furnishings originating from various Mediterranean countries belonging to the Museum’s Greek and Egyptian collection.
The Greek collection was providentially enriched by underwater excavations carried out during the 40’s off the town of Mahdia, in the wreak of a ship that sank during a storm around the first century and that was carrying furniture and architectural elements for a Hellenistic era patrician dwelling. Amongst the masterpieces retrieved from the seabed is a superb 1,20m high bronze Agon.
The Roman period has provided the Bardo with most of its collections: mosaics, of course, but also statues, pottery, jewellery, coins, religious objects, utilitarian objects etc.
The Islamic department, housed in an Arab-Islamic setting, encloses objects from various periods, manuscripts, jewellery, carved stone and wood, utilitarian objects. Two small rooms, around an elegant patio, enclose objects that once belonged to the reigning family and a third room contains Jewish religious objects. (Source: planetware & tunisguide & wikipedia)
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besnard (52467) 2009-11-05 0:45
Une bonne prise en hauteur qui nous permet de voir tous les détails de cette salle de musée.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
jurek1951 (40949) 2009-11-05 0:46
very good perspective.Very beautiful picture with splendid colours.
Great focus and clarity. Wonderful light,
Royaldevon (27515) 2009-11-05 1:47
You have had so much to see and enjoy!
History is a wonderful subject!
I love your composition of this shot; the corner of the room is perfectly placed to give 'thirds' radiating from it. To view the room from this pov was inspirational!
Excellent details in the warm-hued environment.
Have a good day,
John_F_Kennedy (42048) 2009-11-05 1:56
Wonderful interior. Beautiful picture. Perfect POV and composition with this interestign colour. Well done.
ChrisJ (95100) 2009-11-05 2:07
Very good sharpness, & an unusual, angled pov. The person provides scale. Nice warm cold colour contrasts & tfs!
delpeoples (52773) 2009-11-05 2:24
Hi George, I like the cropping and POV. Nice DOF and management of the light. We are given a great idea of height and scale with this POV and the gld tones are beautiful. TFS and have a wonderful day, Lisa.
leonorkuhn (16235) 2009-11-05 2:45
Great capture! This is a rarity, mosaics of nearly two thousand years so well preserved! Very good POV, magnificent details in good colors and excellent light.
snunney (80619) 2009-11-05 4:29
The unusual and plunging angle of view works well to show us as much of possible of the lovely mosaics. The people stood in the doorway provide a sense of scale. I like the muted tones. Very good detail.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2009-11-05 4:39
These testimonies of antiquity and its legends are extraordinary. The very big size of the mosaics was difficult to frame, but you found a good solution. Superb and interesting note and image. Cheer.
Have a nice day
jhm (136660) 2009-11-05 4:54
Thank you very much for these interesting note.
Lovely interior picture, nevertheless difficult for take.
I find your picture very nice; pleasant for look at.
Splendid detailed image, amazing colours too.
Very well composition and presentation. TFS.
saxo042 (37054) 2009-11-05 7:35
A very interesting POV again, with a fine composition of all different angles here. A soft and pleasant colour scale and what little can be seen here of the mosaics look indeed very interesting.
bona (12387) 2009-11-05 11:31
The colors tons are good, almost monochromatic. Did you try a B&W photo here? I made it on the WS tell me what you think.
The painel seems very preserved, it is a good thing the history on the walls.
vasilpro (40881) 2009-11-05 12:45
Very nice interior composition from a high POV with very good perspective and soft colors. Interesting museum, useful notes.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
JT50 (1491) 2009-11-05 13:56
Unusual POV but
great. Lovely details
Dashab (2564) 2009-11-05 22:49
I like the "top-down" POV you have chosen for your photo, it shows the room very well. A very nice light and colours and smart inclusion of those visitors to put some life into the scene.
Have a nice day, Dasha
subhendu_bagchi (25398) 2009-11-05 23:51
great perspective taken from a nice higher POV. Excellent golden tone here. Nice the DOF and sharpness. Great to the painted walls. Light is perfect. Very good photojob.
npecanhuk (62498) 2009-11-06 0:58
Pretty interesting photograph with original high pov and composition!
Sharpness, exposure and colors are very good too!
Wonderful details inside that building!
It was a great idea and you got very eye-catching visual results in this one!
TFS - congratulations!
My warmest regards,
xavshot (69835) 2009-11-08 4:46
très joli point de vue. J'aime bien ce cadrage et le graphisme qu'il apporte. Belles couleurs également.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-09
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/90 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Discovery of Tunis [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-11-05 0:29