serendipitous finds

PhD candidate in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, mediocre violinist, and chronic procrastinator. Here, you'll find posts about books, the ancient world, Mesopotamia, history, art, science, landscapes, and other stuff that I happen to find and want to remember.

April 15, 2014 at 11:55pm
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artofthedarkages:

“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.

artofthedarkages:

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.

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11:49pm
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ancientpeoples:

Ivory toy with moveable limbs 
7.6cm high (3 inch.) 
Greek, Hellenistic Period, 4th or 3rd century BC. 
Source: Metropolitan Museum

ancientpeoples:

Ivory toy with moveable limbs 

7.6cm high (3 inch.) 

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 4th or 3rd century BC. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

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11:44pm
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hadrian6:

The Ruins of Baalbek.   Gustav Bauernfeind. German. 1848-1904. oil/canvas.
http://hadrian6.tumblr.com

hadrian6:

The Ruins of Baalbek.   Gustav Bauernfeind. German. 1848-1904. oil/canvas.

http://hadrian6.tumblr.com

11:38pm
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nomadrugs:

Bahktiari

nomadrugs:

Bahktiari

11:33pm
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fuck-benedict-cumberbatch:

hey friend

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

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11:27pm
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Reblogged from houghtonlib
houghtonlib:

Pyne, W. H. (William Henry), 1769-1843. The costume of Great Britain, 1808.
*44W-1384
Houghton Library, Harvard University

houghtonlib:

Pyne, W. H. (William Henry), 1769-1843. The costume of Great Britain, 1808.

*44W-1384

Houghton Library, Harvard University

11:22pm
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yournineleafclover:

Relief detail from the mastaba tomb of Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum, Saqqara, Egypt (ca. 2400 BCE) 

yournineleafclover:

Relief detail from the mastaba tomb of Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum, Saqqara, Egypt (ca. 2400 BCE) 

(Source: polarimagazine.com, via charlielefaux)

11:16pm
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Reblogged from quotes-shape-us

If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.

— Seamus Heaney (via quotes-shape-us)

11:11pm
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Reblogged from blue-voids

blue-voids:

Astronomical prints of the solar system, c. 1760-1825

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11:05pm
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Reblogged from ancientart

ancientart:

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

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3:35pm
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archimaps:

Section of a court inside a private residence, Pavia

archimaps:

Section of a court inside a private residence, Pavia

3:31pm
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Reblogged from greatfictions
greatfictions:

"Take care, give back, and strive no longer to make yourself like the gods in mind."
 Homer,The Iliad

greatfictions:

"Take care, give back, and strive no longer to make yourself like the gods in mind."

Homer,The Iliad

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3:31pm
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Reblogged from arjuna-vallabha
arjuna-vallabha:

Detail of Surya’s belt, Konarak, Odisha

arjuna-vallabha:

Detail of Surya’s belt, Konarak, Odisha

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3:30pm
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Reblogged from quotes-shape-us

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)

3:29pm
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Reblogged from magictransistor
magictransistor:

Victory Over Mara. Mongolia. Rubin Art Museum. 1800s.

magictransistor:

Victory Over Mara. Mongolia. Rubin Art Museum. 1800s.

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