OBJECTS OF LOVE

Over the past few days I have been making plans with the inspiring Senta German of the Ashmolean Museum for two new Object Handling Sessions in the Museum as part of the Objects of Love series sponsored by TORCH (the Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities), one this week and one in two weeks’ time.

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Glass fragment, 3rd – 4th century AD, Wilshere Collection, Ashmolean Museum (photo: Ashmolean Museum)

The theme for these sessions is Otherworldly Love. How have objects and images served to encourage and channel religious devotion? How does the intimacy of contact with sacred objects influence ideas, relationships, and actions?

For those who are in or near Oxford, here are the details:

OTHER-WORLDLY LOVE, I: THE CULT OF THE SAINTS. A handling session in the Ashmolean Museum, focusing on objects of personal and public devotion to Christian saints and martyrs from the Roman and Byzantine Collections. Friday 27 February, 3-5 p.m., Ashmolean Museum. Click here  to register. (Registration is free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.)

OTHER-WORLDLY LOVE, II: VIOLENCE AND THE SACRED. A handling session in the Ashmolean Museum, focusing on objects and images related to sacred warfare, violence, and vengeance, drawn from the Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Collections. Friday 13 March, 3-5 p.m., Ashmolean Museum. Click here to register. (Registration is free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.)

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