Treasure: Vera Stravinsky’s Candy

Amateur archaeologist Mark Brown presents his latest discoveries.
by Mark BROWN


Materials: Sugar, natural and artificial flavoring, red dye number 5.

Dig site: Isola di San Michele, the cemetery island of Venice, Italy, about a dozen meters to the right of Ezra Pound (R.I.P.)—an arm’s length from her dead husband Igor (composer).

Retail value: 10 cents.

Appeal: The candy is laid out in the center of a plastic wreath, and looks delicious. The owner obviously has no use for it, but it’s difficult to riddle whether it’s fair game. Was Vera famous for her sweet tooth, you wonder, or is the candy simply the trace of some Czech punk with a fascination for the Neo-Classical smoking a joint on her grave?

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