Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA California USA, 1 October 2016

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The previous post was at the Pavilion for Japanese Art at LACMA; this is from our viewing of the rest of the Art Museum.  (Click images for larger size).

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Royal Peacock Barge, West Bengal, India, late 19th century.

Miniature ivory depiction of pleasure boat of the Nawab of Bengal.

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This is a very modern installation, dated to just before the time we were visiting.  It is perhaps somewhere between pop art, dada and surrealism.  The artist is not credited.

The assemblage is somewhat anachronistic amongst historical exhibits but does include some references to 19th century Indian works.  It is perhaps intended to depict the sense of wonder at the extent to which modern art styles can sometimes diverge from the traditional.

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Panel, Gururat, India, early 18th century.

Wood applique with bone; brass roundels.

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Altar cabinet, Kham region, eastern Tibet, 19th – 20th century.

Wood with mineral pigments and gilding; brass fittings.

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Hindu God Vishnu, Angkor, Cambodia. c. 950AD (sandstone).

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Folio from a Buddhist manuscript illustrated with Buddha’s birth stories (Thailand c. 1860-80), atop Sutra Box (Thailand 1920-40, wood laquer and gold leaf).

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Buddha Shakyamuni, Sukothai, Thailand, 14th-15th century (copper alloy).

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Maharishi (Great Sage) Agastya, Lakhi Sarai, Bihar, India, 12th century (chloritoid phyllite).

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Dancer’s headpiece in the form of Hindu Godess Kali, Kerala, India, late 15th century (wood with paint).

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The Goddess Sarasvati, Gujurat, India, 1153 by Jagadeva.

Sarasvati, goddess of wisdom and knowledge, embodies the mediæval Indian concept of feminine beauty.  Jagadeva was commisioned to create this sculpture to replace an earlier sculpture of Sarasvati that was dedicated in a Jain temple in 1069 but damaged in 1152.

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The Hindu Goddess Kali, Kerala, India, 17th century (wood with traces of paint).

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Athena, 2nd century Roman copy of Greek original from the late 5th century BC School of Pheidas.

Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom and of war waged for just causes.  She wears a breastplate decorated with the heads of gorgons, the monsters whose piercing gaze turned people who met their eyes to stone.  The hollow eye sockets indicate that eyes were originally inlaid and of course, as with all ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, she would originally have been painted in bright colours.  The statue was excavated at Ostia, the port of Rome, in 1797.

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Portrait of Cosimo I de’ Medici (1519-1574), c. 1572 by Giovanni Bandini (also called Giovanni dell’Opera) (marble).

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Madonna and child in a landscape c. 1496-1499 by Cima de Conegliano (Oil on panel).

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Saint Crispin (France, c. 1500 (limestone with traces of polychromy).

Saint Crispan is the patron saint of shoe makers.  He and his brother Saint Crispian were tortured for their Christian beliefs and beheaded in 285AD.

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The Swineherd, 1888, by Paul Gauguin (oi; on canvas).

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La Place du Théâtre Français, 1898, by Camille Pissaro (oil on canvas).

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Le Havre, bâteaux de peche sortant du port (fishing boats leaving the port), 1874, Claude Monet.

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Cabinet, c. 1650-75, from Grand Ducal Workshops (Galleria dei Lavori), (ebony, marble, jasper, lapis lazuli and various hard stones, and bronze with gilding).

The birds and flowers that appear to be painted are actually hundreds of pieces of richly hued pietre dure or hard stones, so the designs are laboriously painted in stone.

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Eagle-headed demon ritually expelling sickness and evil spirits from the house, possible purifying anyone entering the King’s living room.

This and following reliefs once adorned the interior walls of the palace of the Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II (reigned 883-859 BC).  They are from ancient Kalhu (now called Nimrud).  He was the first Assyrian king to use stone panels on the interior wall of his palace which was built in mud brick on a stone foundation.  The reliefs were originally painted in black, white, red and blue.

In 879 BC Ashurnasirpal held a large festival to celebrate the construction of his new capital which remained the centre of the Assyrian Empire for 150 years.  It was surrounded by a massive city wall forty-two feet high (thirteen metres) and five miles long (eight kilometres).  At that time it bordered on the Tigris River.

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A winged human-headed genie wearing a double bull horn mitre that may be a supernatural projection of the king.

He holds a conical fruit that he has presumably dipped in the bucket of pollen held in preparation for fertilisation of the Tree of Life, an important symbol in Assyrian religious belief.

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The king holds a libation bowl and a bow, and he is accompanied by a human-headed genie carrying a bucket.  Both are engaged in ritual ceremony.

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Fragment of a painted Assyrian relief, Neo-Assyrian dynasty, Northern Iraq, 7th century BC (limestone).

It probably depicts King Sargon (reigned 722-705 BC) and still shows traces of the colourful paint that once adorned all Assyrian reliefs.

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Head of a Royal Guard from Persepolis, Achæmenid period, Southern Iran, 5th century BC (limestone).

This fragment once belonged to the inner decorated panel of the eastern staircase of the Apadana, the sumptuous audience hall of the Achæmenid kings at Persepolis.

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20th century sculpture but I missed the label.  Giacometti maybe?

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Netsuke Gallery, LACMA

Netsuke Gallery, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA California USA, 1 October 2016

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Close by La Brea Tar Pits, we next visited the Pavillion for Japanese Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (ACMNA).

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Haniwa Horse from 6th century.

Haniwa are terracotta clay figures buried with the dead as funerary objects.  They are from the Kofun period of 3rd to 6th century AD, when horses were first domesticated in Japan and this would have been from the grave of an important person, probably in Southern Honshu.

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Chest of drawers from the 18th century.  Lacquer over wood with gold and silver flakes.

It is decorated with several views around Lake Biwa and was made for the lord of Hikone Castle.

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Jar from Kamakura period, c. 1200-1400AD.

Tokoname ware; coil-built stoneware with ash glaze.

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Female Shinto deity, 14th century.

Due to a close association of Shinto with the Imperial Court, such figures were shown in court robes as real people and were kept in close shrines, not viewable by devotees.

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Sake bottles, 17th to 19th centuries.

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Contemporary vessel by Shimizu Ichiji, 2012.

Stoneware with sprayed slip decoration.

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(No description.  I didn’t photograph the label).

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Daruma by Torei Enji, hanging scroll, ink on silk, 18th century.

Daruma was the semi-legendary Zen Master who brought Zen from China to Japan in the early 6th century.  Torei Enji was himself an eminent Zen Master who wrote a description of Zen practice, still read today, entitled “The undying Lamp of Zen”.

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Kanzan and Jittoku by Shunso Shoju, ink on paper, late 18th or early 19th century.

Kanzan and Jittoku were enlightened people who lived on Cold Mountain (Hanshan) in China in about the 9th century and they are symbolically represented in this drawing.  Here is a poem by Kanzan (or Hanshan to the Chinese):

Men ask the way through the clouds,

The cloud’s way dark, without a sign.

High summits are of naked rock.

In deep valleys sun never shines.

Behind you green peaks, and in front,

To east the white clouds, and to west –

Want to know where the cloud way lies?

It’s there, in the centre of the Void!

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(No description.  I didn’t photograph the label).

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This is the first of the netsuke.  Three others follow.  They are unique to Japan and because kimono had no pockets.  Instead, the Japanese used inro or segmented hanging boxes.  They were on a cord which went through the netsuke and attached to the obi or kimono sash.  The netsuke prevented the inro and cord slipping out from beneath the obi.

They needed to be light and small yet strong and support a hole through them so they are masterpieces of miniature design.

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European archer, 18th century.

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Santo Domingo Monochromes

12-14 September 2016, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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Art vendor in the centre of the old city.

Catedral Primada de America.

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Around the block from the Cathedral.

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Inside the Cathedral.

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Museo Casa de Tostado.

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A statue of Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés in front of the Tower of Homage.

Fortaleza Ozama.

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This vehicle was parked in the street right outside where we were staying, in the centre of the old city.

Wandering in Santo Domingo.

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Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes or the Church of Our Lady of the Mercedes.

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Calle Hostos.

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Monasterio de San Francisco.

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Alcázar de Colón.

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Museo de las Casas Reales.

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Edges of the Old City.

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Cuba Monochromes 4 of 4 Last Days in Havana

1-12 September 2016, Havana, Cuba

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Great music in a late night jazz bar.

Havana – An afternoon and evening.

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1953 Oldsmobile – our taxi ride back to the hotel.

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Passing train.

Havana – Botanic Gardens.

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1949 Plymouth, just about to leave I think.

Havana – Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis.

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(From the taxi).

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1950 Plymouth.

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Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis.

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Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis.

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Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis.

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Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis.

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View from Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis.

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At night after rain.

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At a small outdoor art area.

Last Day in Havana.

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Castell de la Real Fuerza.

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Castell de la Real Fuerza.

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Castell de la Real Fuerza.

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Palacio de los Capitanes Generales.

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Street performer.

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Art market at the waterfront.

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The old loco was just outside the art market.

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Street scene with El Capitolio under repair in the background.

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Street at night after rain.

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So that’s the last post from Cuba.  Santo Domingo from the Dominican Republic should be next but first there will be some more recent posts, one from a Blues Festival and a few from Montague Island off the South coast of New South Wales.

Cuba Monochromes 3 of 4 Havana Streets

1-12 September 2016, Havana, Cuba

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Our horse and carriage driver.

Havana – Street Photography from a Horse and Carriage.

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Waiting for the bus.

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Tuk tuk driver and El Capitolio in the background

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Havana – Artifacts and Cars.

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Waiting for assistance.

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Musicians playing in the park outside our hotel.

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Just passing by a very interesting curio shop.

Havana – Red Cars and Street Views.

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Havana – Fusterlandia.

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Locals around a mosaic mural featuring Hugo Chavez and the flags of Venezuela and Cuba.

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1958 Ford Edsel Pacer convertible.

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1950? De Soto convertible.

Havana – An afternoon and evening.

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1958 Cadillac convertible.

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1958 Chevrolet?

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Elegant street view.

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Rebuilding a street in the traditional fashion.

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Maybe not much in the way of pollution controls.

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Last Day in Havana

Havana, Cuba, 12 September 2016
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On our last day in Havana, after breakfast, we first visited a small outdoor art area not far from our hotel.

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We then visited the Castell de la Real Fuerza.  Here is the entrance from a few posts ago.

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It was built in 1557, replacing a earlier fort that had been destroyed by a French privateer.

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However, it was too far inside the harbour to be effective and was also too small.  It was effectively replaced by the Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta at the entrance of the harbour and became the residence of the Governor of Havana.

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It is considered the oldest stone fort in the Americas and these days houses a maritime museum.

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This and the next three images are from the Museo de Arqueología.

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This and the next image are from the Salon of Mesoamerica and Ecuador.

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Next we visited the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, the residence of the Governors in the eighteenth century, now the museum of the City of Havana.

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Early Cuban Flag, I think from the independence movement in the 1890s.

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Inlaid box with ancient Egyptian references.

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Street performer.

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A couple we encountered recommended we visit an art market at the waterfront, so we did.

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The old loco was just outside the art market.

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Walking back to the hotel…

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View from the window of our room.

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In the late afternoon, I went for a walk in the back streets.

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Street at night after rain.

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So that was the last post on Cuba, although there are four monochrome posts to come next.

 

Havana – Fusterlandia

Havana, Cuba, 10 September 2016

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This is the second of our three days in Havana after the end of the tour. We hired one of our local guides to show us around Havana. These images are from the middle of that day, in an art locale known as Fusterlandia.

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Fusterlandia is a small fishing village just outside Havana.

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In 1975, José Fuster started this project by decorating his own house.

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Since then it has spread to the parks and neighborhood, including over 80 homes.

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1957 Chevrolet (taxi).

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Local horse and cart.

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Locals around a mural featuring Hugo Chavez and the flags of Venezuela and Cuba.

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José Fuster is still living in the village and working on the project, at an age of around 75.

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Just in case you didn’t notice, the dog is biological rather than ceramic and is probably not a permanent feature on the roof.

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His art is distinctly Cuban, and includes influences from Gaudi, Brâncuși and Picasso.

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Workers atop a nearby house, behind electrical wires.

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Viva Cuba!.

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A golden opportunity to do some sewing…

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And a 1958 Edsel Pacer convertible arrives (!).

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The Edsel was supposed to be a great new advance for Ford but instead became a byword for commercial failure.  Although there were eighteen models initially available, the marque only lasted two years and cost Ford $US350 million.

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Havana – Artifacts and Cars

Havana, Cuba, 9 September 2016

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Having finished posting on the Sabah trip, I am now back to posting on Cuba and the Caribbean. I have already made thirteen posts on Cuba with 260 images. If you want to see them, you will find links in the Cuba & the Caribbean Itinerary, which I update as I post. In this expedition, there are also thirteen posts on the Flinders Ranges, South Australia, eight on Mexico and eight on Guatemala. Still to come are Dominican Republic, St Martin, Antigua, Montserrat, Jamaica and California.  As with all posts, you can click on an image for a larger view.

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We walked down to the harbour at dawn.

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… then back to the large square beside the Cathedral.

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This is a corner of the Cathedral.  The person seemingly coming round the corner is a statue.

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… and this is one of the side streets near there.

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Early 50s Oldsmobile, I think.

In the morning, somewhat after breakfast, we went for another walk.

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1947 or 48 Chevrolet on the left.

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This image and next four:  Buick V8, 1953 or 54.

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After some time we visited the Musee de Arte Colonial (or the Colonial Art Museum).

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Probably from the 17th or 18th centuries, and from a convent or church.

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The building, or an earlier one on the same site, was built in 1622.

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In the 1720s it was the residence of Lieutenant Colonel Don Luis Chacón, who had earlier been civil and military governor and, unusually for the time, was a creole.  The building became a museum in 1969.

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Usually I photograph the labels with the items but not this time, so I will make no comment on these items beyond that they come from the 17th to 19th centuries.

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A view of the Cathedral from the museum.  It is the opposite side of the Cathedral from the images at dawn.

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In the later afternoon, we walked down to near the harbour and took a ride around town in a horse and carriage.  The images from that will be in the next post. Here we resume after returning from that ride.

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1958 Chevrolet.

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The car on the left is a 1950 DeSoto.  The next three are Chevrolets (1951-54).

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1953 Plymouth.

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Waiting for assistance.  Not sure what the car is, maybe a Plymouth or a Ford, from about 1957 or 1958.

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Musicians playing in the park outside our hotel.

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Evening view, probably from where we went to eat.

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Trinidad de Cuba

Trinidad de Cuba, Cuba, 6 September 2016

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Due to the fiascos of our tour organisation, instead of spending time in forests and waterfalls, we spent the day in the town of Trinidad de Cuba,  This turned out to be a good thing.

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This is a 1957 Plymouth.  It says so on the windscreen.

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This is a town of many tractors.

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Cathedral clock tower in the background.

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Band in the Plaza Major.

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People on the streets.

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It is Cuba’s best preserved old colonial town and the centre area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Musicians for sale rather than for hire.

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Local gallery and hostal or B&B.

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Market near the Plaza Major.

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It’s an Anole, perhaps Allison’s Anole ( / Blue-Headed Anole).

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1952 Ford.  loading up to leave a B&B,.

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The beauty and the beast, maybe.

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1954 Chevrolet.

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Not everyone drives cars …

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… or rides horses….

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Trinidad de Cuba was founded in 1514 and Cortes recruited here and left from here on his conquest of the Aztec Empire.

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We also stopped by at a beach a few kilometres from Trinidad de Cuba – Playa Ancon.

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René Peña

Havana, Cuba, 3 September 2016

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We were fortunate to be able to visit the studio of the renowned Cuban Photographer René Peña.

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We received a fascinating account of the insights he converts into photographs.

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Though based in Cuba, he has exhibited in Spain, Italy and the US as well as Cuba.

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Here is another link that includes a short video.

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Back in the open air: 1956 Chevrolet in the foreground; Fidel in the background.

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Small motorcycle in front of Jose Marti monument in Revolution Square.

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Jose Marti was a leader of the Cuban Independence Movement in the nineteenth century, which included three wars.  He died in battle in 1895.

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Che.

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1950 Chevrolet in the foreground; Fidel in the background.

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1951 Chevrolet.

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Back in the old town.

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Later in the evening, we are heading back from dinner in a taxi.

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At times my mind was wandering.

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Now in the harbour promenade under streetlights.

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Taken by the taxi driver.

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