Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Very Long Story

The Pandorica Seen Through Time

118AD Taken back to Rome under armed guard
420AD Raided by the Franks
1120 Prized possession of the Knights Templar
1231 Donated to the Vatican
1280 Sold by Marco Polo
1281 Taken back by the Vatican after Marco Polo sold it without their permission.
1492 Given to Columbus as a good luck present. Left on the dock at Palos de la Frontera after proving to be too big to fit in the hold of the Santa Maria.
1493 Removed from the dock at Palos de la Frontera for being illegally parked.
1494 Sold at Palos de la Frontera City Auction, bought by Duke of Milan.
1496 Duke of Milan bribes a peasant to to take the Pandorica away and bury it after his wife refuses to have “that horrid thing” in the house.
1812 Dug up by archaeologists. Proclaimed to be part of the Great Pyramid of Milan.
1815 Disappointed and humiliated archaeologists donate the Pandorica to Bavarian Royal Family.
1865 Sentenced to be 'stoned to death' by King Ludwig II of Bavaria (pictured right) for refusing a royal command to open.
1887 Given to Queen Victoria as last minute Golden Jubilee present after all the shops had closed.
1902 Discovered being used as doorstop at Glamis Castle.
1907 Discovered again at Glamis Castle, now being used as occasional table.
1909 Taken for cleaning after Prince of Wales chalks,"George woz ere" on the side.
1912 Examined by Charles Fort who is investigating reports of someone hiding round the back. He walks around the Pandorica but finds nothing except a discarded pilum and caligae prints in the dust.
1913 Charles Fort creeps round the Pandorica the other way. The Roman Centurion standing round the back says he hasn't seen anything odd.
1914 Charles Fort declares the mystery of the Pandorica “unsolvable”.
1952 Left on Royal Train by absent minded maid. Subsequently sold at auction by British Rail Lost Property Department.
1961 Used as concert podium by Gladys Knight and the Pips (pictured right) during UK tour.
1970 Bought by the BBC Props Department. Seen on screen in The Onedin Line, The Tripods, Blankety Blank and Monty Python's How Not To Be Seen sketch.
1990 Donated to the National Museum.