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The Museo Nacional de Antropología

The Museo Nacional de Antropología

(12 shots) | The next day we visited The Museo Nacional de Antropología. A huge , heavy buiding, designed in 1964. In the middle is a large patio. I rushed outside when a heavy rain came pouring down.

El Paraguas (the Umbrella)

El Paraguas (the Umbrella)

Modern Gargoyles

Modern Gargoyles

The Museo Nacional de Antropología “contains significant archaeological and anthropological artifacts from the pre-Columbian heritage of Mexico”. The masterpiece is the Aztec calendar stone of the sun. And of course “The exact purpose and meaning of the Calendar Stone are unclear”, so let’s keep it that way and just look…

Aztec calendar stone of the sun

Aztec calendar stone of the sun

Xiuhcoatl, the mythological serpent; the spirit form, of the Aztec fire god Xiuhtecuhtli

Xiuhcoatl, the mythological serpent; the spirit form, of the Aztec fire god Xiuhtecuhtli

Dintel No. 53, Yaxchilan

Dintel No. 53, Yaxchilan

San Lorenzo Olmec Colossal Head 2

San Lorenzo Olmec Colossal Head 2

Flat forehead Beauty

Flat forehead Beauty

It was said that a flat forehead was a ‘beauty-ideal’ in those days; small kids got a heavy, flat thing on their head, to ‘sculpt’ it that way… (I once had plastic splints, to correct my X-legs… horror). And after all that hard beauty-work, ‘this’ (next shot), could happen to your scull, when you grew up…

In the Grave

In the Grave

The Nose

The Nose

The Ears

The Ears

I liked those funny sculptures. May be Walt Disney once got inspired by them..

Relief

Relief

Revisited prt5

Revisited prt5

This was the second time I revisited this ‘Head’. The first time I saw him, he had a companion; and looked like THIS. The second time he was lying in the back of a boat and looked a bit sad (the 2nd shot). But now he’s up right again; not on top of things; but pretty much alive.

Revisited prt4

Revisited prt 4

Last time it looked like THIS (prt3). Strangely it seems to have ‘grown’, rather than ‘faded’ in the two years that lie between them; due to over-laying layers of paint that are worn down from the black text-layer, so that more of the text has become visible again …

Strandbeesten prt22

Strandbeesten prt22 | Nikon D700 | Nikkor 24-70mm. f/2.8G ED | 26mm. | 1/80 | F7.1 | ISO 2800

A focus on the new ‘Strandbeest’. (More info: http://www.strandbeest.com/)

Strandbeesten prt23

Strandbeesten prt23 | Nikon D700 | Nikkor 24-70mm. f/2.8G ED | 29mm. | 1/80 | F4 | ISO 220

Strandbeesten prt24

Strandbeesten prt24 | Nikon D700 | Nikkor 24-70mm. f/2.8G ED | 70mm. | 1/80 | F2.8 | ISO 250

Strandbeesten prt25

Strandbeesten prt25 | Nikon D700 | Nikkor 24-70mm. f/2.8G ED | 24mm. | 1/80 | F4 | ISO 560

Strandbeesten prt26

Strandbeesten prt26 | Nikon D700 | Nikkor 24-70mm. f/2.8G ED | 70mm. | 1/80 | F3.5 | ISO 360

Strandbeesten prt27

Strandbeesten prt27 | Nikon D700 | Nikkor 24-70mm. f/2.8G ED | 31mm. | 1/80 | F4 | ISO 560

Strandbeesten prt28

Strandbeesten prt28 | SONY A7 | Zeiss Makro-Planar 50mm. f/2 ZF.2 | 1/100 | F? | ISO 400

Strandbeesten prt29

Strandbeesten prt29 | Nikon D700 | Nikkor 24-70mm. f/2.8G ED | 40mm. | 1/80 | F4 | ISO 450

Strandbeesten prt30

Strandbeesten prt30 | Nikon D700 | Nikkor 24-70mm. f/2.8G ED | 26mm. | 1/80 | F4 | ISO 400

Strandbeesten prt31

Strandbeesten prt31 | Nikon D700 | Nikkor 24-70mm. f/2.8G ED | 24mm. | 1/80 | F5 | ISO 280

Strandbeesten prt32

Strandbeesten prt32 | Nikon D700 | Nikkor 24-70mm. f/2.8G ED | 70mm. | 1/80 | F5 | ISO 320

And finally it walked!

Strandbeesten prt33

Strandbeesten prt33 | SONY A7 | Zeiss Makro-Planar 50mm. f/2 ZF.2 | 0,4 | F? | ISO 400

Strandbeesten prt10

Strandbeesten prt10 | SONY A7 | Zeiss Makro-Planar 50mm. f/2 ZF.2 | 1/60 | F? | ISO 640

Strandbeesten (go to: http://www.strandbeest.com/), made of PVC-electricity-tubes; exposed in a former Electricity-Factory; nice combi! The movement was present as projected movies; and some of the beasts could be pushed around. On the first floor you could feel how well the location and the beasts fitted together. This was the place where the beasts, that hadn’t survived their first life-experiences, were resting in peace. They were exposed like archaeological findings of dinosaurs. Body-remains were sorted; categorized and put together side by side; type by type.

Strandbeesten prt11

Strandbeesten prt11 | Nikon D700 | Nikkor 24-70mm. f/2.8G ED | 24mm. | 1/80 | F4 | ISO 1250

Strandbeesten prt12

Strandbeesten prt12 | SONY A7 | Zeiss Makro-Planar 50mm. f/2 ZF.2 | 1/100 | F? | ISO 1000

Strandbeesten prt13

Strandbeesten prt13 | SONY A7 | Zeiss Makro-Planar 50mm. f/2 ZF.2 | 1/100 | F? | ISO 3200

Strandbeesten prt14

Strandbeesten prt14 | SONY A7 | Zeiss Makro-Planar 50mm. f/2 ZF.2 | 1/100 | F? | ISO 1000

Downstairs was an old one leaning on three poles. It hadn’t lost much of its beauty.

Strandbeesten prt15

Strandbeesten prt15 | SONY A7 | Zeiss Makro-Planar 50mm. f/2 ZF.2 | 1/60 | F? | ISO 1000

Strandbeesten prt16

Strandbeesten prt16 | SONY A7 | Zeiss Makro-Planar 50mm. f/2 ZF.2 | 1/100 | F? | ISO 2500

Strandbeesten prt17

Strandbeesten prt17 | SONY A7 | Zeiss Makro-Planar 50mm. f/2 ZF.2 | 1/100 | F? | ISO 4000

Strandbeesten prt18

Strandbeesten prt18 | SONY A7 | Zeiss Makro-Planar 50mm. f/2 ZF.2 | 1/100 | F? | ISO 640

Strandbeesten prt19

Strandbeesten prt19 | SONY A7 | Zeiss Makro-Planar 50mm. f/2 ZF.2 | 1/100 | F? | ISO 5000

Strandbeesten prt20

Strandbeesten prt20 | SONY A7 | Zeiss Makro-Planar 50mm. f/2 ZF.2 | 1/100 | F? | ISO 800

Strandbeesten prt21

Strandbeesten prt21 | SONY A7 | Zeiss Makro-Planar 50mm. f/2 ZF.2 | 1/100 | F? | ISO 5000

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