“Floor Mosaic from Hisham’s Palace”
An extraordinarily detailed floor mosaic in the baths of an Umayyad palace with a circular design, ribbon pattern, and oculus. Most likely emulating a mosque ceiling.
Pieced together out of colored tesserae.
Made in the 700s by the caliph Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik near Jericho in the West Bank. Currently located in situ.
Ivory toy with moveable limbs
7.6cm high (3 inch.)
Greek, Hellenistic Period, 4th or 3rd century BC.
Source: Metropolitan Museum
The Ruins of Baalbek. Gustav Bauernfeind. German. 1848-1904. oil/canvas.
ur gonna be okay
go put some PJ’s in the dryer, take a long shower, put on ur warm jammies, and crawl into bed with some tea and a good book
because you are gonna be okay
Pyne, W. H. (William Henry), 1769-1843. The costume of Great Britain, 1808.
Houghton Library, Harvard University
Relief detail from the mastaba tomb of Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum, Saqqara, Egypt (ca. 2400 BCE)
(Source: polarimagazine.com, via charlielefaux)
If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.
— Seamus Heaney (via quotes-shape-us)
Terracotta model cart, Mesopotamia, dates to the second half of the 3rd millennium BCE.
Animal-shaped pottery vessels mounted on oversized wheels had a long history in the ancient Middle East. This early example has the head of a ram with curving horns. Liquid poured into the hole on top flowed out of the opening in the animal’s snout. A loop on the front allowed the attachment of a cord so that the vessel could be pulled. Such vessels have been excavated in both temples and houses. They were probably used in religious or funerary rituals.
Courtesy & currently located at the Brooklyn Museum, USA, via their online collections. Accession number: 87.77
Section of a court inside a private residence, Pavia
"Take care, give back, and strive no longer to make yourself like the gods in mind."
Detail of Surya’s belt, Konarak, Odisha
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
— Marie Curie (via quotes-shape-us)
Victory Over Mara. Mongolia. Rubin Art Museum. 1800s.