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Glencairn Museum - Newsletter - September 2014 - The Goddess Taweret: Protector of Mothers and Children

Glencairn Museum’s ancient Egyptian collection includes more than four dozen magical amulets of the hippopotamus-shaped goddess Taweret. Pregnant and nursing women used amulets of Taweret to protect themselves and their babies from evil spirits. Read all about it in the September issue of Glencairn Museum News!

Here’s a preview of what the trees around Glencairn will look like just a few weeks from now! Photo by Brent Schnarr.

Here’s a preview of what the trees around Glencairn will look like just a few weeks from now! Photo by Brent Schnarr.

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We spent a wonderful day at the National Christmas Center & Museum in Lancaster, PA, researching and selecting materials for our upcoming exhibition, “A Century of Santa: Images of Santa Claus in the 1800s.” http://ow.ly/C0Dmw

We spent a wonderful day at the National Christmas Center & Museum in Lancaster, PA, researching and selecting materials for our upcoming exhibition, “A Century of Santa: Images of Santa Claus in the 1800s.” http://ow.ly/C0Dmw

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This stained glass panel of the Baptism of Christ, from the Church of Saint-Martin, in Breuil-le-Vert (Oise), France, dates to about 1235. (In Glencairn’s Medieval Gallery)

This stained glass panel of the Baptism of Christ, from the Church of Saint-Martin, in Breuil-le-Vert (Oise), France, dates to about 1235. (In Glencairn’s Medieval Gallery)

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Recently an inscription with a date of 1297 has been “rediscovered” on one of Glencairn’s bells, and a modern expert has called them “extremely rare surviving examples from this period of bell casting.” Read about it here: http://ow.ly/BWUFH

Recently an inscription with a date of 1297 has been “rediscovered” on one of Glencairn’s bells, and a modern expert has called them “extremely rare surviving examples from this period of bell casting.” Read about it here: http://ow.ly/BWUFH

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Photo right: a full-size mock-up for a finial at the top of Glencairn’s tower, from our collection of models used during the design of the building. Photo left: the much simpler design that was eventually chosen. The elaborate model of a knight riding on horseback is shown here in two pieces. The lance carried by the knight features a flag on top, and the points of the compass below. Which design do you like better? http://ow.ly/ywDmI

Photo right: a full-size mock-up for a finial at the top of Glencairn’s tower, from our collection of models used during the design of the building. Photo left: the much simpler design that was eventually chosen. The elaborate model of a knight riding on horseback is shown here in two pieces. The lance carried by the knight features a flag on top, and the points of the compass below. Which design do you like better? http://ow.ly/ywDmI

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Photographer Brent Schnarr’s aerial photo of Glencairn’s tower, which we posted to our social media sites last week, inspired us to look through our collection of plaster models used in the design of Glencairn. The plaster models of finials in the bottom photo are very close to the design eventually chosen by Raymond Pitcairn for the top of his tower. Stay tuned for another, much more elaborate, model—the one NOT chosen! (We’ll post that tonight.) http://ow.ly/ywDmI

Photographer Brent Schnarr’s aerial photo of Glencairn’s tower, which we posted to our social media sites last week, inspired us to look through our collection of plaster models used in the design of Glencairn. The plaster models of finials in the bottom photo are very close to the design eventually chosen by Raymond Pitcairn for the top of his tower. Stay tuned for another, much more elaborate, model—the one NOT chosen! (We’ll post that tonight.) http://ow.ly/ywDmI

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This Kousa dogwood outside the Cloister is one of several on our grounds, now bearing its bumpy, red fruit. Glencairn is open today from 1 to 4:30. http://ow.ly/ywDmI

This Kousa dogwood outside the Cloister is one of several on our grounds, now bearing its bumpy, red fruit. Glencairn is open today from 1 to 4:30. http://ow.ly/ywDmI

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We’re very excited about tonight’s concert by Les Canards Chantants: “The ancient works of sacred art on display in Glencairn Museum’s Great Hall have lived through centuries of human activity, witnessing a constant ebb and flow of new ideas in art and music. Join early music vocal ensemble Les Canards Chantants in an aural circumnavigation of the Great Hall, bringing Raymond Pitcairn’s medieval collection to life through the music of Machaut, Isaac, Morales, Lassus, Monteverdi, Palestrina and more.” Doors open at 7:00 pm, tickets are sold at the door. http://tinyurl.com/kj96kwg

We’re very excited about tonight’s concert by Les Canards Chantants: “The ancient works of sacred art on display in Glencairn Museum’s Great Hall have lived through centuries of human activity, witnessing a constant ebb and flow of new ideas in art and music. Join early music vocal ensemble Les Canards Chantants in an aural circumnavigation of the Great Hall, bringing Raymond Pitcairn’s medieval collection to life through the music of Machaut, Isaac, Morales, Lassus, Monteverdi, Palestrina and more.” Doors open at 7:00 pm, tickets are sold at the door. http://tinyurl.com/kj96kwg

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Sunset at Glencairn and Bryn Athyn Cathedral, with the Philadelphia skyline in the distance. Photo courtesy of Brent Schnarr.

Sunset at Glencairn and Bryn Athyn Cathedral, with the Philadelphia skyline in the distance. Photo courtesy of Brent Schnarr.

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Photographer Brent Schnarr wants you to know what the very, VERY top of Glencairn looks like! We think Raymond Pitcairn, who enjoyed both photography and heights, would have loved this photo and the technology that makes it possible. (DJI Phantom Vision FC200)

Photographer Brent Schnarr wants you to know what the very, VERY top of Glencairn looks like! We think Raymond Pitcairn, who enjoyed both photography and heights, would have loved this photo and the technology that makes it possible. (DJI Phantom Vision FC200)

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Another beautiful photo, courtesy of our friend Brent Schnarr.

Another beautiful photo, courtesy of our friend Brent Schnarr.

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This cool photo of Glencairn comes courtesy of our friend Brent Schnarr.

This cool photo of Glencairn comes courtesy of our friend Brent Schnarr.

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It’s a spectacular day for a walk in Glencairn’s cloister and grounds, open from dawn to dusk! The Museum is open today (Sunday) from 1-4:30. The first floor is FREE, with free coffee and tea available in the Upper Hall. We still have spaces open on our guided tours, including our new tour for families: “Time Travelers.”http://ow.ly/BsTWH Call 267-502-2990 between 12 and 1:30 today to book your spot for “Time Travelers,” which leaves at 1:45. Highlights tours are also available this afternoon. http://ow.ly/ywDmI

It’s a spectacular day for a walk in Glencairn’s cloister and grounds, open from dawn to dusk! The Museum is open today (Sunday) from 1-4:30. The first floor is FREE, with free coffee and tea available in the Upper Hall. We still have spaces open on our guided tours, including our new tour for families: “Time Travelers.”http://ow.ly/BsTWH Call 267-502-2990 between 12 and 1:30 today to book your spot for “Time Travelers,” which leaves at 1:45. Highlights tours are also available this afternoon. http://ow.ly/ywDmI

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John Pitcairn and Bishop William F. Pendleton inspecting a large oak tree about to be felled for the construction of Bryn Athyn Cathedral (c. 1915). Check out Glencairn’s current exhibition, closing on November 16th: “Behind the Lens: Raymond Pitcairn and Photography.” http://ow.ly/twt2b

John Pitcairn and Bishop William F. Pendleton inspecting a large oak tree about to be felled for the construction of Bryn Athyn Cathedral (c. 1915). Check out Glencairn’s current exhibition, closing on November 16th: “Behind the Lens: Raymond Pitcairn and Photography.” http://ow.ly/twt2b

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