Today's sketching in British Museum was supposed to be back in the Barkcloth but on arriving early and going up in the lift, there was a notice to say that gallery was closed! Texted Margaret that I was heading off to the African Gallery and the others joined me there. It was a mixed choice - wonderful objects but rather dark and very busy, mainly with school groups who were also drawing so bench space was at a premium! I bagged a bench in front of these amazing throwing knives with their wonderful shapes and patinas. The disadvantage of being some distance away ( and the poor light) meant I missed the exquisite incised designs on them. Next time I'll see if I can get a sketching stool.
Swivelling on the bench ( reluctant to give up my hard won seat) I gazed up at a huge tower of large pots.
You can just see a bit of the 'warty' one in the photo ( I enjoyed making marks in my sketch) The water pot I drew with it's multiple openings looked, the others thought, like a heart.
And finally in the last 20 minutes, on a different bench shared with some students, a wooden mask ( they were very impressed I was drawing with a pen!) Then lunch and a visit to Ai Weiwei at the RA on the way home ( another post)