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The craftsmen at Glencairn experimented with concrete decoration in some of the hallways. This Celtic (?) figure is located above the cabinets in the third-floor hallway.

The craftsmen at Glencairn experimented with concrete decoration in some of the hallways. This Celtic (?) figure is located above the cabinets in the third-floor hallway.

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These fantastical felines, made from Monel metal in the Bryn Athyn workshops in the 1930s, welcome visitors to Glencairn each day. 

These fantastical felines, made from Monel metal in the Bryn Athyn workshops in the 1930s, welcome visitors to Glencairn each day. 

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On the curator’s desk this afternoon: a bronze medal minted in honor of Emanuel Swedenborg, the Swedish scientist, philosopher, and theologian (1688-1772). Three medals with Swedenborg’s portrait were struck in Sweden during the 19th century. This example, produced in 1852 by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, features Swedenborg’s portrait on the obverse, and an Egyptian temple on the reverse. This medal was engraved by Pehr Henrik Lundgren (1824-1855), the royal coin and medal engraver. 

On the curator’s desk this afternoon: a bronze medal minted in honor of Emanuel Swedenborg, the Swedish scientist, philosopher, and theologian (1688-1772). Three medals with Swedenborg’s portrait were struck in Sweden during the 19th century. This example, produced in 1852 by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, features Swedenborg’s portrait on the obverse, and an Egyptian temple on the reverse. This medal was engraved by Pehr Henrik Lundgren (1824-1855), the royal coin and medal engraver. 

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On the curator’s desk today: British Industrial designer Sebastian Bergne has produced a contemporary Nativity set. According to Bergne, “Each of the characters is a minimal wooden block that is recognizable by its colour, proportion and place in the composition. The project makes use of our learned experience from exposure to thousands of images, toys and Christmas cards over the years.”

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Have you ever noticed the biblical inscription on the main tower of Bryn Athyn Cathedral, visible from the observation deck of Glencairn’s tower? “Behold, he cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see him.” (Book of Revelation 1:7)

Have you ever noticed the biblical inscription on the main tower of Bryn Athyn Cathedral, visible from the observation deck of Glencairn’s tower? “Behold, he cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see him.” (Book of Revelation 1:7)

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Work is continuing this week on a major repair and restoration project in Glencairn’s cloister - the fountain! This summer we will restore the original mechanics, pour a new concrete basin, and apply a new finish to the concrete by hand to closely replicate the original surface, which had eroded over the years. Stay tuned for updates!

Work is continuing this week on a major repair and restoration project in Glencairn’s cloister - the fountain! This summer we will restore the original mechanics, pour a new concrete basin, and apply a new finish to the concrete by hand to closely replicate the original surface, which had eroded over the years. Stay tuned for updates!

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"Woe! (It’s a pity!) Hanina, Son of Hanina, [May he(?)] ascend!"
Funerary reliefs like this one from Palmyra, Syria, were used to seal off a burial chamber within a tomb. The image of the deceased is identified by the Aramaic inscription carved beside the head (see text above). 
(Limestone, 3rd Century A.D. In Glencairn’s Roman and Early Christian Gallery)

"Woe! (It’s a pity!) Hanina, Son of Hanina, [May he(?)] ascend!"

Funerary reliefs like this one from Palmyra, Syria, were used to seal off a burial chamber within a tomb. The image of the deceased is identified by the Aramaic inscription carved beside the head (see text above). 

(Limestone, 3rd Century A.D. In Glencairn’s Roman and Early Christian Gallery)

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The camel has a single hump; 
The dromedary, two; 
Or else the other way around.
I’m never sure. Are you? 

—Ogden Nash

The camel has a single hump; 

The dromedary, two; 

Or else the other way around.

I’m never sure. Are you? 

—Ogden Nash

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Phantom 2. Bryn Athyn Cathedral

Amazing aerial footage of Glencairn, Cairnwood, and Bryn Athyn Cathedral, taken by a Phantom 2 Vision photo drone! 

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Portion of an elevation drawing for the west wall of Glencairn’s Great Hall, dated July 30, 1931 (revised Dec 30, 1931). Note how Raymond Pitcairn’s art collection was designed to be part of the very fabric of the building from the very beginning.

Portion of an elevation drawing for the west wall of Glencairn’s Great Hall, dated July 30, 1931 (revised Dec 30, 1931). Note how Raymond Pitcairn’s art collection was designed to be part of the very fabric of the building from the very beginning.

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Work continued this week on a major repair and restoration project in Glencairn’s cloister. The fountain, which is original to the building, has been leaking for several years and has become mechanically and structurally unsound. This summer we will restore the original mechanics, pour a new concrete basin, and apply a new finish by hand to the concrete to closely replicate the original surface. Stay tuned for updates!

Work continued this week on a major repair and restoration project in Glencairn’s cloister. The fountain, which is original to the building, has been leaking for several years and has become mechanically and structurally unsound. This summer we will restore the original mechanics, pour a new concrete basin, and apply a new finish by hand to the concrete to closely replicate the original surface. Stay tuned for updates!

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Ceiling decoration in third-floor hallway.

Ceiling decoration in third-floor hallway.

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