Friday, May 15, 2009

Sculpture at the Appleton Museum


I do not know what this sculpture represents, but two of them guard the steps leading to the entrance of the Appleton Museum in Ocala. Perhaps a CDP blogger will be able to provide the answer.

26 comments:

Vogon Poet said...

I do not have the faintest idea of what it is, but it's gorgeous and interesting.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Looks ferocious to me. I promise to behave, really I do. ;-)

Kcalpesh said...

Nicely captured. Looks huge from this angle. Once again. I liked the colors!

Cezar and Léia said...

What an odd "cat"!!!!
;-)
Léia

Bob Poris said...

I suspect they are Foo Dogs, meant to guard against evil spirits.

Jacob said...

Dear Bob - How come you're so damn smart?

Christopher Raun Leth said...

It look like some kind of Chinese tiger. Great shot.

Snapshutter said...

Looks evil itself. Fight evil with evil.

Dusty Lens said...

It is a patina dragon guarding the steps. And quite the handsome art piece.

Jacob said...

@ Dusty Lens - Thanks! I didn't know that!

B Squared said...

My guess would be a Foo dog.

cieldequimper said...

Well, I'm not going to answer! I wouldn't have known anyway, except that it has an Asian feel to it. It's doing a good job at guarding from evil.

Jarart said...

Whatever it is, it's impressive.

Tricia said...

I don't think I would have guessed a dragon - but now that I read Dusty Lens' comment, I can see the dragon in it! WOW!

JM said...

I don't know what it represents but it surely was inspired by the chinese lions/dragons on the sides of temples and palaces entrances.

Lois said...

I have no idea what it is, but I like the way it looks!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

This definitely looks Chinese. My wife and I collect Asian art. Do they have much of an Asian art collection inside the museum?

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Jacob said...

@ Dave - Costa Rica - It's been so long since we've been inside the museum, I can't say what they have at the moment.

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Jacob said...

@ Tricia - That's the trouble. I ain't too smart, so we've got to "drag-on-in" a Minnesota buy to esplain it!

Lee Spangler said...

Incredible statue! What kind of museum is the Appleton Museum?

Jacob said...

@ Lee - Rather than me blather on about something I don't know much about, here's a link:

http://www.appletonmuseum.org/

We've been there a couple of times. It ain't the Louvre, but it's considered one of the best in Florida.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

When you mention that the museum is not the Louvre, I would add that biggest is not always the best. I enjoy some small museums more than large ones, as you can appreciate the art in a smaller setting. In Paris, for example, my favorite museum is the Jacquemart-Andre Museum, which is a former private collection displayed in the house (actually, the mansion) of the collector, similar to the Frick Museum in New York City.

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Marie-Noyale said...

Glad to learn that they will protect from evil spirits ,because at first glance they don't look that friendly!!

Carlos Lorenzo said...

That's an interesting sculpture. Glad I learned something here today too.

m_m said...

Quite scary to me but interesting.

Joy said...

A bit scary, so I suppose passers-by won't dare take a peek inside their property!

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