24 August 2011

More on the Maritime Museum



If you ever find yourself in Stanley (Hong Kong), try to stop by the Hong Kong Maritime Museum.  I’ve lived here over 15 years and I’m in Stanley every week; yet, last week was the first time I’d visited the museum.  I’m glad I finally did.  It was really quite interesting and if you have a curious child, it could be a fun mommy-child date on a hot afternoon.

 

Here are some more photos from its Ancient Gallery (where you’re not supposed to take pictures –flash or no flash!)…

 

Figurehead1

What it says on the little sign on the side:

Antique figurehead, possibly of Guanyin (Goddess of Mercy)

19th Century

Figurehead3

 

“In the West, figureheads replaced the ancient “seeing eye” or okulos, on the bow as well as the later Christian substitute, the Star of the Sea (Stella Maris), or Virgin Mary.  In the figurehead of Guanyin, east meets west.  The fleur de lys (lily) shape in the figurehead’s hand may evoke the lotus (water lily) of Buddhism.”

{copied verbatim}

 

Figurehead2

 
The glass case on the left where you see a flintlock revolver (I can’t remember if that’s the proper term for it) was Josh’s favorite part of the Ancient Gallery, he said.  Because of the weapons.
 
I think he enjoyed the Modern Gallery more because it had a number of interactive games.  We tried our hand at Morse code, spelling F-I-R-E;  Josh had a go at {virtually} loading cargo onto a ship and making sure the ship did not sink.  We had a fun afternoon.  Just Josh and me.
 
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4 COMMENTS:

project alicia said...

Very neat artifacts and sculptures. My fav is the middle one.

tinajo said...

I use to take some one on one time with my boys too - they really appreciates it (so does their father). That place looks wonderful, I love to look at history close up like this - a great alternative to reading about it in books (which I also love). :-)

Pix-Ology said...

That looks like an amazing place to visit! Great shots, even if you had to sneak around to get them :)

Maddy said...

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