Friday, 1 January 2016

New Year's Day 2016

It's ages since I shared a quiz with you....  
This beautifully crafted mosaic 'object' is something that I have wanted to see for a long time - luckily during the Christmas holidays an opportunity arose.
1. What is it?

   2. Who was it made for?
We were so fortunate to have warm weather, blue skies and sunshine whilst we were away over the Christmas holiday
  Clue number one


Clue number two
Clue number three  
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40 comments:

  1. Hope you have a great new year 2016. May all your dreams come true.. !About the quiz ,I think that is the vestments of the priests....

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    1. Happy 2016 Olympia and may happiness and good health be yours - lovely to hear from you. What a great idea - vestments for the priests - sorry not correct this time♡

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  2. Thank you for visiting my blog. I'm dropping by yours this morning for the first time and it looks very interesting. Beautiful images! I have visited the Cotswalds and look forward to learning more about where you live.
    A very happy New Year to you!

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    1. It is lovely to think that you have been here in the Cotswolds - thank you for visiting and look forward to seeing you here again.

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  3. Dear Rosemary, I remember when I saw this mosaic cover of Rudolf Nureyev's grave for the first time. So spectacular. It is located near Paris in the Russian Cemetery at Sainte-Genevieve-des-bois.
    Happy New Year. ox, Gina

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    1. Dear Gina - so pleased that you have seen this wonderful tomb too - well done♡

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  4. I'm guessing it's Russian, made for one of the Tsars perhaps.

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    1. Sorry not the Tsars, although it looks suitable for them.

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  5. Sorry Rosemary you've got me beat.

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  6. Happy New Year! This is a hard one. Something for Greek Orthodox Easter?

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  7. I would say it's some kind of gorgeous church vestment made for some high-up archbishop or someone in the Eastern Orthodox church. Good Lord, it's beautiful. Happy New Year to you and yours, Rosemary!

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    1. It is exquisitely beautiful to my eyes too - may 2016 be a good and healthy year to you Debra, and thank you for all of your interesting comments over the past year.

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  8. Hello Rosemary, Other than beautifully crafted, I have no idea what this is. The whole object looks flexible, but I assume that this is part of the effect, especially as the fringe looks carved.
    --Jim

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    1. The folds resemble the object Jim as you have suggested, but it is rigid.

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  9. Well I am fascinated by totally stumped!! I have to admit that I am so curious that I have even tried doing some googling but I cannot find a thing! I await the answer and will be very interested to hear all about it. Thank you for the challenge! xx

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    1. You are not the first to have tried googling the answers when I have done a quiz Amy. I recall one or two others who have done the same, and have sometimes been successful and told me so. I have just tried googling myself using only the clues that I have given and the answer was there, so may be you could give it another shot!!!!

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  10. I think this is the kilim like rug on the grave of the dancer Rudolph Nureyev somewhere on an Russian Orthodox graveyard in France.

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    1. Perfect answer Janneke - well done♡

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  11. Lovely little church. Happy New Year.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  12. I have no clue, but wish you a very Happy New Year!

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  13. Whatever it is it is beautiful. It looks like a mosaic, on a wall perhaps. As for the rest, it's just as well my life doesn't hang on getting the answer right.

    In spite of the fact I am clueless about the answers, I do love a quiz.

    And best wishes for the New Year.

    Ms Soup

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    1. Greetings to you too for 2016 Ms Soup - you are correct about the fact that it is beautiful.

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  14. Dear Rosemary, how come that the film title "From Russia with Love" springs to my mind? But that is all - I can't solve the riddle. So I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year instead. Britta

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    1. Dearest Britta - why didn't I think of that? Wishing you and those you love a wonderful 2016.

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  15. There is a big hole in my culture Rosemary...I don't know !! But it is certainly beautiful !

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    1. Don't worry Jane there are only two correct answers so far.

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  16. I would guess the church is a Russian Orthodox Church.. Maybe a burial site for royalty....and the brightly colored tiles, a covering or drape over the crypt. Anyway that would be my guess. Happy New Year Rosemary! Janey

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    1. You have teased out some good answers Janey, but not what the beautiful mosaic is actually for♡

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  17. Happy New Year Rosemary. It is beautiful and my wild guess it is Paris and could it be Nureyev's grave?

    Fondest wishes
    Helenx

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  18. This is a hard one Rosemary, but if I'm correct I must say I would love to visit there, mainly because it's close to Georgia and we have a friend (whom we met in Prague) who lives there and we'd love to meet up with her again!

    So I have to say I believe you were in Chechnya Republic, Russia. I'm unable to name the specific mosaic or find anything about it's actual location - but it is gorgeous and is probably in a Russian church or museum, the Russian Orthodox vector cross also being shown.

    This was interesting and I learned a lot more about the 1996 war while researching - such sadness for the people - why oh why can't we have a peaceful world, it is so discouraging with conflicts and deaths daily in the news.

    Anyway dear friend, thanks for all the beauty to bring to us via your fabulous blog. Here's to more in 2016.
    Happy, healthy, joyful New Year to you and your loved ones.
    Mary x

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    1. Dear Mary - You are correct on so many different levels here, but you may be surprised to learn that we were not in Chechnya. The particular spot where we were does, however, also represent a period of great sadness for the Russian people but during an earlier time in their history.
      I will give you, and you alone dear Mary one further clue. We were in a city that you also visited during 2015.
      Your comment is extremely kind and generous - I love the way you do your own very personal and artfully presented blog - it is always a joy and pleasure to read and see.
      A happy, healthy and wonderful 2016 to your and your family♡

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  19. Yay - bring back your quiz posts! I especially like the ones on plants :) We will be visiting Paris in June. I'd love to see this in person.

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    1. When the flowers appear again and if I find an unusual one then I will do another plant quiz.
      Do go and see the tomb if you have time. If you do not have your own transport you can get there by train and a local bus.
      You can find details from the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation here:-
      http://www.nureyev.org/rudolf-nureyev-grave/

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