We had a lovely day in London yesterday. The weather was just right and there was room to walk on the pavements.
We started at the British Museum where we went to look at Sir Percival David's collection. It is amazing, some of the things take your breath away. I've chosen a few of the things I liked best to show you,
these are a thousand years old!
As you can see the porcelain is so thin on these wine cups you can see through them.
This is about three feet in diameter, apparently the potters had difficulty with this size of thing warping. This one looked ok, I wonder how many they made to get to this one?
The pottery in these three cabinets looks very modern, in fact everything was made in the early part of the 15th century
This was one of my favourite pieces
it's about three feet tall and it came from a Buddhist temple, it was made in 1320. I would have loved to have taken it home.
It is a fantastic collection, I think we will be visiting it again
From the museum we walked to the Japan Centre. This is in Regents Street. We walked down Shaftesbury Avenue where we saw this shop
seems an odd thing to find in the middle of London but it obviously manages to keep trading. Near to Piccadilly Circus we saw this
there was no sign on the building as to its original function, does anyone know what it was? The figures were very elegant, there is also a fountain at ground level. I couldn't get a picture of that as there were too many people.
At the Japan Centre we had a good mooch round, it's great fun looking at all the weird and wonderful things. We did buy some buns but I'm afraid they didn't last long enough to photo! Unfortunately I didn't manage to buy any craft books as they have moved them all to their recently opened book shop, which we didn't manage to visit. That gives me the perfect excuse to visit again.
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