WPC: Dialogue

Analogy: 1. [n] similarity in some respect between things that are otherwise dissimilar: “the operation of a computer presents an interesting analogy to the working of the brain”.

The Reliquary of St Eustace dates from AD 1210. This relic can be found in the British Museum and is supposed to hold the skull of a Christian saint called St Eustace. The headband is set with precious stones.

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The Feathers Hotel was built during the reign of James I.  It has a three-bay plan, with bays which are moulded and carved mullions and transoms, with cast diamond glazing.

I know why I have selected these two images for this challenge, but I’d like to know what do they say to you?

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

44 thoughts on “WPC: Dialogue”

  1. Lovely, Jude…. The dialogue for me is the colours, the heritage and I would also say craftsmanship….

    1. All those Sue. It was definitely the colours of the jewels and the window along with the shape that struck me, and then I liked the fact that one is a head and the other has heads carved on the facade which cemented a link for me.

    1. Thanks for your comment Sylvia – it seems that these two images do have a dialogue which was the objective after all. An interesting challenge this week.

  2. Well done Jude I think you have nailed this challenge. The jewel colours first caught my eye, then I noticed the tiny heads on the building. I like the way you have tilted them toward each other.

  3. Is it something to do with the engravings on the building and the jewels taken from other crown designs, hence ‘speaking’ to the jewels on the head, with it’s crown of jewels? Trying not to read the other comments and not cheat 😉

    1. It’s whatever speaks to you Sherri 😉
      The jewels, the engravings, the colour the beauty, the craftsmanship and the heads all created a dialogue between the two images in my head. The colours and the shapes seem to figure between them for many people too. Thank you for your thoughts, I do appreciate you taking time to consider the two photos. An interesting challenge this week.

      1. Yes, very interesting…and I have no idea yet what to do for it… ! I thought your idea was very clever and as always fascinated by the history snippets you always provide 🙂

  4. I just read Tish’s answer so I understand your thoughts.
    To me my first thought is what’s inside each? Is there really a skull inside the head of St Eustace – or is it folklore?

    1. Well, according to the BM they did find pieces of skull within the reliquary but as to whether there really was a St Eustace, I don’t suppose we’ll ever know! It’s a gorgeous object though 🙂

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