Beautiful Weapons

While we were in Paris, we visited Les Invalides, which is an entire museum devoted to weapons and warfare.  It’s the Arms and Armor wing of the Metropolitan Museum on a grand scale. Caleb, our little war-monger, was in heaven. Liam acted all disaffected and snooty about what he claimed was Caleb’s immature love of weaponry, but then he wandered into the rooms of samurai weapons…and he never wanted to leave.

Yes, my favorite museum in Paris is the Rodin Museum, with Carnavelet a close second…but why look at paintings and sculptures when you can look at cannons, armor, crossbows, and daggers?

I did see a lovely sculpture, however, which captured the intimacy of a loving couple:


Where did I see this sculpture, in a war museum? This couple and its duplicate formed the handles on a huge bronze cannon.  Love and war, inextricable, as always.

And in another room, an elaborate carved crucifix, complete with an ivory death’s head:


Seems you pull a dagger out of the top of the crucifix, which serves as a sheath for the weapon inside.  Do with that fact what you will.

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3 Responses to Beautiful Weapons

  1. Dick Horwich July 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    I too am a sucker for weaponry. At the Met last year was a show of Samurai swords (just the bare blades, no ornate hilts), hundreds of them. One was identified as perhaps the finest one in existence. It looked exactly like all the others. I wonder if it was the one The Bride used to behead Lucy Liu in “Kill Bill 2?”

  2. dusty earth mother July 28, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

    Hmmm. A sword in a crucifix? Making out on a cannon? Quirky.

  3. anna ~ random handprints July 30, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    amazing. and i can only imagine the feat it must be to get two boys interested in a day at the museum.

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