I have some trivia regarding the Judeo-Christian artefacts, having not long ago travelled down that rabbit hole on the Internet:The angels on the Ark are two Cherubs, the entire Ark is intended as a chair for God and is supposedly modelled after His heavenly throne. At least, that's the idea. Scripture describes the positioning of the two angels with the tips of their wings touching, and in the Temple Of Solomon there were two more angels, Seraphs, whose large multiple wings formed a sort of tent around the Ark. I have a model Ark, a bit larger than yours, at home which I use to store fortune cookie fortunes. Your Holy Grail resembles closely the goblet of the Infanta Doña Urraca, which resides in Spain and which some scholars have claimed is the one true Grail. It's made of gold, agate, and onyx, and is studded with jewels around the rim. It was made from two goblet tops, one turned over to make the base. The top cup is supposed to match the description of the Grail as mentioned from Egyptian records. Your Maltese Falcon, well, that's even more mythical. Depending on which bird it really is, it could have a scratch showing lead underneath as made by Sam Spade's pocket knife. Or it could be covered in jewels, painted black. All these objets d'art would make a terrific background for a new Number Two, that's quite a set you've collected.
Awesome backgrounder, Jeff! Thanks so much. The stories these items could tell...and will tell, I hope.
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