Friday, July 27, 2007

Solomon’s Ship

From Communication
In the Quest of the Holy Grail, to send a message to the last of his line Solomon built a ship that lasted 2,000 years. (This ingenious idea was his wife’s.) This ship, made of rot-proof wood and dressed in white silk sheeting, carried with it materials that succored his ultimate descendant, Galahad, as he approached the end of his quest. It took some divine assistance to pull off this long-distance communication plan.

The image above is from Ferris Greenslet’s The Quest of the Holy Grail: An Interpretation and a Paraphrase of the Holy Legends (Boston: Curtis & Cameron, 1902), which contains photogravure plates of Edwin Austin Abbey’s friezes in the Boston Public Library.