As a surprise for my bride, I carved the pair of figures atop our wedding cake. Since my wife and I wanted to start a family right away, I used fertility idols from ancient cultures as inspiration.
While walking through the Metropolitan Museum this weekend, this Egyptian Bronze Sistrum caught my eye. Sistrums were musical rattles used in ritual processions where the sound of the instrument seems to have been regarded as protective. The word ‘sistrum’ is derived from the Greek, seiein, meaning “to shake”.
Off a small country road in western Pennsylvania, I stopped by an old cemetery where many of the gravestone inscriptions were illegible. Although the chiseled names on the stones had been worn down by the elements, several markers had fresh flowers indicating recent mourners. Time may dull stone but it seems it cannot erase cherished memories.