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virtual-artifacts:

Votive Stele with Buddha and Bodhisattvas
Period: Northern Qi dynasty
Date: mid- 6th century
Culture: China
Medium: Limestone with pigment and gilding

virtual-artifacts:

Votive Stele with Buddha and Bodhisattvas

Period: Northern Qi dynasty

Date: mid- 6th century

Culture: China

Medium: Limestone with pigment and gilding

azidahaka:

"Amulet with a Lamashtu demon"Date: ca. early 1st millennium B.C.Geography: Mesopotamia or IranMedium: ObsidianDimensions: 2.26 x 1.83 in. (5.74 x 4.65 cm)

azidahaka:

"Amulet with a Lamashtu demon"

Date: ca. early 1st millennium B.C.
Geography: Mesopotamia or Iran
Medium: Obsidian
Dimensions: 2.26 x 1.83 in. (5.74 x 4.65 cm)

(Source: metmuseum.org, via leradr)

centuriespast:

Plaque with pharaonic figures flanking a sacred tree
Period:Neo-AssyrianDate:ca. 9th–8th century B.C.Geography:Mesopotamia, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu)Culture:AssyrianMedium:IvoryThe Metropolitan Muaseum

centuriespast:

Plaque with pharaonic figures flanking a sacred tree

Period:Neo-AssyrianDate:ca. 9th–8th century B.C.Geography:Mesopotamia, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu)Culture:AssyrianMedium:Ivory
The Metropolitan Muaseum

(via leradr)

riley-da-red:

Guatemalan Incense Burner, ca. 4th-7th century 

riley-da-red:

Guatemalan Incense Burner, ca. 4th-7th century 

(Source: the-oceanid, via leradr)

massarrah:

Ivory Plaque of a Sphinx from Nimrud
This ivory plaque depicts a human-headed sphinx with wings and an conical cap. One of the forepaws sits atop a lotus bud, while the other is perched on a sacred Tree. Although this object was found at Fort Shalmaneser in Nimrud, it is Phoenician in origin.  (Source)
Nimrud, c. 9th-7th centuries BCE.
British Museum.

massarrah:

Ivory Plaque of a Sphinx from Nimrud

This ivory plaque depicts a human-headed sphinx with wings and an conical cap. One of the forepaws sits atop a lotus bud, while the other is perched on a sacred Tree. Although this object was found at Fort Shalmaneser in Nimrud, it is Phoenician in origin.  (Source)

Nimrud, c. 9th-7th centuries BCE.

British Museum.

(via leradr)

amphitrite-aphrodite:

Terracotta lekanis with lid and finial / Hellenistic Greek / 3rd century B.C.

amphitrite-aphrodite:

Terracotta lekanis with lid and finial / Hellenistic Greek / 3rd century B.C.

(via virtual-artifacts)

collective-history:

Bulla with Daedalus and Icarus ca. 5th century BC
A “bulla” is a hollow pendant, that could hold perfume or a charm. Found inside this one was “labdanum,” a substance used in perfume. Depicted are the mythical craftsman Daedalus and his son, Icarus (on the back). To escape captivity, Daedalus fabricated wings for himself and his son, but Icarus flew too close to the sun, and when the heat melted the wax that held his wings together, he fell to his death.

collective-history:

Bulla with Daedalus and Icarus ca. 5th century BC

A “bulla” is a hollow pendant, that could hold perfume or a charm. Found inside this one was “labdanum,” a substance used in perfume. Depicted are the mythical craftsman Daedalus and his son, Icarus (on the back). To escape captivity, Daedalus fabricated wings for himself and his son, but Icarus flew too close to the sun, and when the heat melted the wax that held his wings together, he fell to his death.

(via leradr)

ancientpeoples:

Hat
AD 500-800
Tiahuanaco (?)/Huari (?)
Found in either Peru or Bolivia
(Source: The British Museum)

ancientpeoples:

Hat

AD 500-800

Tiahuanaco (?)/Huari (?)

Found in either Peru or Bolivia

(Source: The British Museum)

lich-tung:

windsorhouseantiques:

A MASSIVE AND MAGNIFICENT PAIR OF IVORY KYLINS

A massive and magnificent Pair of Ivory Kylins, with complex carved and tinted details resting upon rectangular bases with blind fret carving and insignia of exceptional quality and condition. 

The kylin is an animal in ancient Chinese mythology. It is somewhat like a deer, with horns on the head and scales over the body. Its tail is like that of an ox’s. The kylin is said to be an animal of longevity that could live for 2,000 years. It is also believed that the beast could spit fire and roar like thunder. The Kylin is one of the “Four Divine Creatures”, the other three being the phoenix, the turtle and the dragon. In ancient times, it was regarded as a celestial animal, a benevolent animal, the mount for god and a symbol of auspiciousness. Of all animals, the kylin was ranked second only to the dragon. 

The kylin is a carrier of profound cultural connotations. In ancient Chinese culture, there are lots of legends about the relations between kylin and emperors. It was widely believed that the animal would convey the will of Heaven and therefore dictate the rise and fall of a dynasty. In folk culture, there’s a saying of “the kylin bringing a child”. Common people regard the animal as a divine creature bringing children to them. It is said that Confucius was brought by a kylin. The animal is also used to describe a brilliantly talented person. 

In traditional Chinese folk customs, various ornaments bearing kylin images are made and given to children as a talisman that could bring luck and protection. The images of the kylin can still be found today. The most famous ones are the auspicious guarding creatures in the imperial mausoleums of the Southern Dynasty located in Qixia Town of Nanjing. The images of these creatures are derived from kylins.

c. 1900

Height 46.00inch (116.84cm)

Width 26.00inch (66.04cm)

Depth 16.00inch (40.64cm)

Ref No. 5359

£34500.00

http://www.windsorhouseantiques.co.uk/stock/d/a-massive-and-magnificent-pair-of-ivory-kylins/150596

(via fishstickmonkey)

art-of-swords:

Gem-set Kukri

  • Dated: 19th century
  • Place of Origin: Nepal
  • Measurements: overall length 47.5 cm

The weapon has an incurved blade, widening towards the point and gold damascening decoration on the forte and along the back. The gilt hilt is set with floral bosses set with rubies and emeralds, while the gilt mounts on the hilt are similarly decorated.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Bonhams

(via virtual-artifacts)


Greek Silver Helmet, 4th century BCE, 9-1/2 x 7-1/8 in.
Detroit Institute of Arts

Greek Silver Helmet, 4th century BCE, 9-1/2 x 7-1/8 in.

Detroit Institute of Arts

(Source: noncredo, via leradr)

workman:

darksilenceinsuburbia:

Guido Mocafico

Portraits of Modeled Glass Street Creatures created by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka

(via stufftoblowyourmind)

virtual-artifacts:

Votive Stele with Buddha and Bodhisattvas
Period: Northern Qi dynasty
Date: mid- 6th century
Culture: China
Medium: Limestone with pigment and gilding

virtual-artifacts:

Votive Stele with Buddha and Bodhisattvas

Period: Northern Qi dynasty

Date: mid- 6th century

Culture: China

Medium: Limestone with pigment and gilding

virtual-artifacts:

Funerary Urn, Mexico, Oaxaca, Zapotec Culture

virtual-artifacts:

Funerary Urn, Mexico, Oaxaca, Zapotec Culture

(via virtual-artifacts)

azidahaka:

"Amulet with a Lamashtu demon"Date: ca. early 1st millennium B.C.Geography: Mesopotamia or IranMedium: ObsidianDimensions: 2.26 x 1.83 in. (5.74 x 4.65 cm)

azidahaka:

"Amulet with a Lamashtu demon"

Date: ca. early 1st millennium B.C.
Geography: Mesopotamia or Iran
Medium: Obsidian
Dimensions: 2.26 x 1.83 in. (5.74 x 4.65 cm)

(Source: metmuseum.org, via leradr)

centuriespast:

Plaque with pharaonic figures flanking a sacred tree
Period:Neo-AssyrianDate:ca. 9th–8th century B.C.Geography:Mesopotamia, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu)Culture:AssyrianMedium:IvoryThe Metropolitan Muaseum

centuriespast:

Plaque with pharaonic figures flanking a sacred tree

Period:Neo-AssyrianDate:ca. 9th–8th century B.C.Geography:Mesopotamia, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu)Culture:AssyrianMedium:Ivory
The Metropolitan Muaseum

(via leradr)

riley-da-red:

Guatemalan Incense Burner, ca. 4th-7th century 

riley-da-red:

Guatemalan Incense Burner, ca. 4th-7th century 

(Source: the-oceanid, via leradr)

massarrah:

Ivory Plaque of a Sphinx from Nimrud
This ivory plaque depicts a human-headed sphinx with wings and an conical cap. One of the forepaws sits atop a lotus bud, while the other is perched on a sacred Tree. Although this object was found at Fort Shalmaneser in Nimrud, it is Phoenician in origin.  (Source)
Nimrud, c. 9th-7th centuries BCE.
British Museum.

massarrah:

Ivory Plaque of a Sphinx from Nimrud

This ivory plaque depicts a human-headed sphinx with wings and an conical cap. One of the forepaws sits atop a lotus bud, while the other is perched on a sacred Tree. Although this object was found at Fort Shalmaneser in Nimrud, it is Phoenician in origin.  (Source)

Nimrud, c. 9th-7th centuries BCE.

British Museum.

(via leradr)

amphitrite-aphrodite:

Terracotta lekanis with lid and finial / Hellenistic Greek / 3rd century B.C.

amphitrite-aphrodite:

Terracotta lekanis with lid and finial / Hellenistic Greek / 3rd century B.C.

(via virtual-artifacts)

collective-history:

Bulla with Daedalus and Icarus ca. 5th century BC
A “bulla” is a hollow pendant, that could hold perfume or a charm. Found inside this one was “labdanum,” a substance used in perfume. Depicted are the mythical craftsman Daedalus and his son, Icarus (on the back). To escape captivity, Daedalus fabricated wings for himself and his son, but Icarus flew too close to the sun, and when the heat melted the wax that held his wings together, he fell to his death.

collective-history:

Bulla with Daedalus and Icarus ca. 5th century BC

A “bulla” is a hollow pendant, that could hold perfume or a charm. Found inside this one was “labdanum,” a substance used in perfume. Depicted are the mythical craftsman Daedalus and his son, Icarus (on the back). To escape captivity, Daedalus fabricated wings for himself and his son, but Icarus flew too close to the sun, and when the heat melted the wax that held his wings together, he fell to his death.

(via leradr)

ancientpeoples:

Hat
AD 500-800
Tiahuanaco (?)/Huari (?)
Found in either Peru or Bolivia
(Source: The British Museum)

ancientpeoples:

Hat

AD 500-800

Tiahuanaco (?)/Huari (?)

Found in either Peru or Bolivia

(Source: The British Museum)

lich-tung:

windsorhouseantiques:

A MASSIVE AND MAGNIFICENT PAIR OF IVORY KYLINS

A massive and magnificent Pair of Ivory Kylins, with complex carved and tinted details resting upon rectangular bases with blind fret carving and insignia of exceptional quality and condition. 

The kylin is an animal in ancient Chinese mythology. It is somewhat like a deer, with horns on the head and scales over the body. Its tail is like that of an ox’s. The kylin is said to be an animal of longevity that could live for 2,000 years. It is also believed that the beast could spit fire and roar like thunder. The Kylin is one of the “Four Divine Creatures”, the other three being the phoenix, the turtle and the dragon. In ancient times, it was regarded as a celestial animal, a benevolent animal, the mount for god and a symbol of auspiciousness. Of all animals, the kylin was ranked second only to the dragon. 

The kylin is a carrier of profound cultural connotations. In ancient Chinese culture, there are lots of legends about the relations between kylin and emperors. It was widely believed that the animal would convey the will of Heaven and therefore dictate the rise and fall of a dynasty. In folk culture, there’s a saying of “the kylin bringing a child”. Common people regard the animal as a divine creature bringing children to them. It is said that Confucius was brought by a kylin. The animal is also used to describe a brilliantly talented person. 

In traditional Chinese folk customs, various ornaments bearing kylin images are made and given to children as a talisman that could bring luck and protection. The images of the kylin can still be found today. The most famous ones are the auspicious guarding creatures in the imperial mausoleums of the Southern Dynasty located in Qixia Town of Nanjing. The images of these creatures are derived from kylins.

c. 1900

Height 46.00inch (116.84cm)

Width 26.00inch (66.04cm)

Depth 16.00inch (40.64cm)

Ref No. 5359

£34500.00

http://www.windsorhouseantiques.co.uk/stock/d/a-massive-and-magnificent-pair-of-ivory-kylins/150596

(via fishstickmonkey)

heracliteanfire:

Ewer. Vermont, 1830–70 (via The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

heracliteanfire:

Ewer. Vermont, 1830–70 (via The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

art-of-swords:

Gem-set Kukri

  • Dated: 19th century
  • Place of Origin: Nepal
  • Measurements: overall length 47.5 cm

The weapon has an incurved blade, widening towards the point and gold damascening decoration on the forte and along the back. The gilt hilt is set with floral bosses set with rubies and emeralds, while the gilt mounts on the hilt are similarly decorated.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Bonhams

(via virtual-artifacts)

(Source: yasemin-fb, via focus-damnit)


Greek Silver Helmet, 4th century BCE, 9-1/2 x 7-1/8 in.
Detroit Institute of Arts

Greek Silver Helmet, 4th century BCE, 9-1/2 x 7-1/8 in.

Detroit Institute of Arts

(Source: noncredo, via leradr)

workman:

darksilenceinsuburbia:

Guido Mocafico

Portraits of Modeled Glass Street Creatures created by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka

(via stufftoblowyourmind)

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