Ancient Watch?

Tonight I was thinking back to what I posted ten years ago. In 2013 I wrote a post titled First Watch?

This made me think of one of my favorite pictures that I took at the British Museum.

Tiglath Pileser III - British Museum - Pul - First watch?I really like this relief of Tiglath-pilesar III, also know as Pul, who was the King of Assyria during the reign of Menahem and Azariah.

Pul the king of Assyria came against the land, and Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver, that he might help him to confirm his hold on the royal power. (II Kings 15:19, ESV)

Other than the really cool beard, what I like about this picture is that it looks like he is wearing a watch :-). What brand do you think he would pick? Would he have a Rolex?

British Museum - Entrance - Antiquities - South Pediment - Sir Richard WestmacottHere was my view as I walked into the entrance of the British Museum grounds in 2006. The South pediment has statues designed by Sir Richard Westmacott. The entrance to a wonderful experience as I walked through time exploring many different cultures.

One of my favorite places within the museum was standing at the entrance of what was at one time the British Library Reading Room. British Museum - Reading Room - British Library - BooksThe British Library now has a separate building not far away, but the British Museum still has a large collection of books and is still in need of the large reading room. I could spend days in this room alone.

Of course, this picture can only give a small sense of what it is like to stand beneath the large dome and look around this room. The room has a diameter of 140 feet and had 25 miles of shelves when it was used as the reading room for the British Library.

British library entrance, London, library

When I visited the British Library in 2006, I could not take pictures inside but here is one of the entrances.

I visited the British Museum in 2006 and hopefully will visit it again someday. I already have a mental list of specific things I want to see and also plan on giving myself more time to visit than I had the last time.


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