Ever since Eliza and I went to see The Secret of Kells last summer, Dan has been wanting to take us to see a facsimile of the actual Book of Kells housed in the Special Collections at the university library. Recently the whole family watched it, and though Ani thought the vikings were quite scary (hence the pile of books about vikings currently visiting our library box), it again caught our imagination, so Dan made an appointment for us to be able to see and spend some time with the illuminated manuscript.
While Ani was a little disappointed that the book did not have a cover like the original, covered in gold and jewels, it was nice to be allowed to touch the pages. The fascimile shows the holes that have occurred in the original pages, as well as the stitching that mends some of the tears in the vellum.
Dan did a wonderful job of engaging the girls - for 45 minutes! - explaining some of the symbolism, and searching the knots and labyrinths for faces and animals.
A great field trip with Papa!
The girls and I found some treasures on our way home...
|a tiny door!|