On Sunday, approximately half the members of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science decided to show up when we did.  Oh, well, at least we had biscuits in our bellies.

We had an hour to amuse ourselves before we could get into the Genghis Khan exhibit, so we wandered around until we found my favorite exhibit at the museum: Vasily Konovalenko’s gem carvings. As you may or may not be able to tell from this sign, the guy was self-taught. He became famous for his carvings in Russia, and then he emigrated to the United States in 1981. The DMNS has the largest collection of his carvings outside Moscow.

Almost everything about this servant is carved from gems, except the tray.

It was a bit of a challenge to photograph the figures, between the low light and the reflective cases. This detail from a strolling couple has eye-popping colors. The bodies are carved from quartz. My favorite carving is this one, of three singers, one with a balalaika (on the left) and one with a horn. DMNS uploaded a few pictures of other carvings to Flickr.

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  1. Todd Bradley February 3, 2010 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    Something about the photo of the artist makes me think of Stuart Smalley.
    .-= Todd Bradley´s last blog ..“Birthday Girl” world premiere =-.

  2. Beth Partin February 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    You know, if he had blond hair, he would look like Al Franken. I’ll bet he’s much more serious, though.
    .-= Beth Partin´s last blog ..Denver Attractions: Genghis Khan =-.