Mercury Rising: The “Berthouville Treasure” in Kansas City
2016 saw the opening of “Luxury: Treasures of the Roman Empire” at the
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. While the exhibition certainly
features the precious metals and bejeweled goods used by the elite citizens of
the Roman Empire to advertise their status and sophistication, it embraces far
more than profligacy. “Treasures” also showcases the emphasis placed upon
domestic life and entertaining in the imperial home, with an array of
silverware, mosaic tiles, wine goblets, and decorative vases complementing the
cameos and crowns.
figurine of Mercury, the trickster god of travel, communication, and deceit, is
a favorite of patrons and curators alike, having been the subject of an
extensive examination and subsequent restoration at the Getty Villa in Malibu. When the votive offering was unearthed in the 19th century, its
original restorers badly scratched Mercury’s silver finish during the cleaning
process. At the Getty, spectrographic photography allowed for a full
restoration not only of the statuette’s silver plates but of its fragile joined
limbs and head. “Luxury: Treasures of the Roman Empire” is on exhibit through 2
Cup with Centaurs, c. 100, Bibliothèque
nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques,
Paris. Accession Nr. VEX.2014.1.7
Perfume Flask with the Seasons, c. 50, Bibliothèque nationale
de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris. Accession Nr.
from Byzantium, c. 600. The Ferrell Collection at the Nelson-Atkins Museum,
Kansas City. Photo by Bruce White.
Views of the Berthouville Treasure‘s Statuette of Mercury (Roman, c. 150) during its 2015 restoration at the Getty Villa in Malibu. Permanent collection of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles
et antiques, Paris.
So yesterday was Monday and I started my day off with a 20 minute jog with 5 minute warm up and cool down walks.
Now I don’t know if that amped up my metabolism for the day, but I just kept wanting food, regardless of how slowly I ate it, how much protein I ate, and how much water I drank! Crazy stuff. So I’ll list what I ate, just so you can understand how hungry I was:
3 weetbix with a skim milk and a table spoon of protein powder
2 hard boiled eggs
most of 2 blood oranges (my friends happen to love blood oranges too!
1 atkins endulge bar (so yummy)
another atkins endulge bar (they were the only food left in my bag!!!)
…. another atkins endulge bar (they’re really yummy)
a bowl of mum’s chili con carne and a whole avocado
an atkins endulge bar
I think I had about five years worth of protein in one day … it was crazy!
I know the Atkins bars seem really excessive and they’re not the best choice when it comes to pigging out but being a poor student, I can’t buy food when I’m at uni and the eggs, oranges and, by chance, the bars were all I had on me.
A few weeks ago if this had happened I would have nagged my best friend for money and bought McDonald’s or a huge butter chicken with saffron rice.
So regardless of how much better my intake could have been, it could have been so much worse.