Bauble Tower of Babel


One of the most famous works in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s collection is the ‘The Tower of Babel’ by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, painted around 1560. This bauble is designed by Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen. Each ball is mouth-blown and hand-painted hand-blown.

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All baubles are produced where the bauble was born 200 years ago, in an area called Sudetenland in Europe. That is the border area of Germany and Czech Republic. It is a form of art, true craftsmanship to make a bauble. All baubles are mouth-blown and hand-painted. Piece by piece.

The Tower of Babel (Hebrew: מִגְדַּל בָּבֶל‎, Mīgdal Bāḇel) narrative in Genesis 11:1–9 is an origin myth and parable meant to explain why the world’s peoples speak different languages. According to the story, a united human race speaking a single language and migrating eastward comes to the land of Shinar (שִׁנְעָר‎). There they agree to build a city and a tower with its top in the sky. Yahweh, observing their city and tower, confounds their speech so that they can no longer understand each other, and scatters them around the world.

Some modern scholars have associated the Tower of Babel with known structures, notably Etemenanki, a ziggurat dedicated to the Mesopotamian god Marduk in Babylon. While the archaeological record is incompatible with this identification, many scholars believe that the biblical story was inspired by Etemenanki. A Sumerian story with some similar elements is told in Enmerkar and the Lord of Aratta (from Wiki).

See also Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Weight0,080 kg
Dimensions10,5 × 10,5 × 10,5 cm


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