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Old Feb 4, 2007, 5:06 PM   #1
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The title will remind you a line from Poe The sarcophagus dates back to 4th century BC. andis displayed in Istanbul Archeological Museum.See the high reliefs of mourning women on it, which is a commondesignof burial artifacts from antiquity...

Both photos were shot handheld with Powershot S70, @Iso 200, Aperture: f/2.8Exposure time for #1 : 1/10, and for #2: 1/13, metering: center weighted average

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You must be steady to hand hold for exposures that long. Those are attractive and sharp photos with lighting which shows the figures in relief.

About Poe, is there a premature burial story associated with this sarcophagus?
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The skill of the craftsmen who made theseis outstanding, along with the photography! These look to hold royalty! Excellent!

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Excellent photo's Bahadir, mind you, in museums in the UK, camera's

would be confiscated at the entrance, I think they fear that the flash

on camera's would fade or adversly effect the exibits.
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Beautiful shots Bahadir. The lighting does give a spooky effect.

I am fascinated by pictures of ancient buildings and artifacts.

Can you imagine how long it must have taken to make that sarcophagus by hand. The craftsmanship is amazing.


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Thanks for your appreciation, Jdar! It's the museum adminstrations here whourged meto have a mutation for a steady hand :-)Btw, I know the story you mention. Yet it was his poem 'Sleeper' I actually referred to:

...Some vault that oft hath flung its black
And winged pannels fluttering back,
Triumphant, o'er the crested palls,
Of her grand family funerals —
Some sepulchre, remote, alone,
Against whose portal she hath thrown,
In childhood, many an idle stone —
Some tomb from out whose sounding door
She ne'er shall force an echo more,
Thrilling to think, poor child of sin!
It was the dead who groaned within.
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Bob, you're quite right about your estimation!This sarcophagus was intended for no less than a king! Thank you for your encouraging and refreshing feedback


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Thank you for your kind words Musket! Fortunately, here you can bring your camera to any museum. It is the use of tripod and flash which is prohibited. I think there they'll have to pick the cellular phones as well which have 3.2 mp cameras at present. Ah,I quite agree on the restriction of using the flash. Yet, for the rest, such prohibitions does nothing else but induce the rebel in me )

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Hagar, I am too a lover of antiquity for its amazing exaltation of human merits! Thanks to this very quality we have universal values to share and thus to improve ours with joy...
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