Last week when SESAH was meeting in the War Memorial auditorium, a lady asked me if I knew who the faces were that formed the capitals of the four columns in front. I had to admit that in fact I had never really looked very hard at the faces and hadn’t realized they were different from each other. A small lapse in my usually keen observational powers, but an embarrassing one.
Yesterday, feeling that the perfect sunshiny fall weather needed me in it, I went over to look more closely at them and I’m still mystified about who they are. Do they represent the major empires or eras of ancient history: Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek, and Roman? Are they ideal figures representing ideas? Who out there knows more about this kind of representational sculpture than I do? Maybe there’s some document describing the War Memorial building that I’m not familiar with that someone out there can track down? Have at it, ya’ll!
These pictures were taken from far left to far right: