serendipitous finds

Grad student in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, mediocre musician, and chronic procrastinator. Here, you'll find posts about books, the ancient world, Mesopotamia, history, art, photos, and other stuff that I happen to find and want to remember.

September 2, 2014 at 12:28pm
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Reblogged from nminusone

Everyone needs help from everyone.

— 

Bertolt Brecht (via nminusone)

Some get it, some don’t. 

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12:28pm
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mapsontheweb:

The Gough Map. Map of the island of Great Britain, dating between 1355 and 1366, and is the oldest surviving route map of Great Britain.

mapsontheweb:

The Gough Map. Map of the island of Great Britain, dating between 1355 and 1366, and is the oldest surviving route map of Great Britain.

10:50am
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Reblogged from timur-i-lang
timur-i-lang:

Bahram Gur and Azada
Mina’i bowl, Iran, 12th-13th cen.
"Some of the mina’i ceramics illustrate stories from the Persian epic, the Shahnama, predating its earliest surviving illustrated manuscripts by nearly a century. This bowl depicts the episode of Prince Bahram Gur hunting with Azada, his favorite concubine. Azada challenges Bahram Gur to a hunting feat, but when he succeeds, she pities the slain gazelles and reproaches him. In anger, he tramples her under his camel’s feet. The painter has conflated two different moments into one scene."

timur-i-lang:

Bahram Gur and Azada

Mina’i bowl, Iran, 12th-13th cen.

"Some of the mina’i ceramics illustrate stories from the Persian epic, the Shahnama, predating its earliest surviving illustrated manuscripts by nearly a century. This bowl depicts the episode of Prince Bahram Gur hunting with Azada, his favorite concubine. Azada challenges Bahram Gur to a hunting feat, but when he succeeds, she pities the slain gazelles and reproaches him. In anger, he tramples her under his camel’s feet. The painter has conflated two different moments into one scene."

10:50am
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Reblogged from badesaba
badesaba:

Qajar Era Reclining Lady Reading a Book
Antoin Sevruguin 

badesaba:

Qajar Era Reclining Lady Reading a Book

Antoin Sevruguin 

(via numantinecitizen)

9:58am
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Demon of the Week 017

patrickkellyauthor:

In Akkadian and Sumerian mythology, Alû is a vengeful spirit of the Utukku that goes down to the underworld Kur. The demon has no mouth, lips or ears. It roams at night and terrifies people while they sleep. Spirit possession by Alû results in unconsciousness and coma. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, Alû is the celestial Bull.

9:49am
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Reblogged from quotes-shape-us

I am different, not less.

— Temple Grandin (via quotes-shape-us)

9:47am
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tammuz:

Assyrian ivory plaque from the ancient city of Nimrud, with a warrior slaying a griffin, dating back to the 9th–8th century BCE. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY.  
Photo by Babylon Chronicle

tammuz:

Assyrian ivory plaque from the ancient city of Nimrud, with a warrior slaying a griffin, dating back to the 9th–8th century BCE. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY.  

Photo by Babylon Chronicle

9:44am
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mini-girlz:

Alabaster Bust of a Woman
Period: Third to First century BC
Category: South Arabian
Dimensions: 30 cm H
This stylized bust of a woman projects an aura of strength and inscrutability, from her hollowed stare to the monumental frontality of her squared torso. This abstracted and highly geometric style – one can clearly make out the outlines of the rectangular block of calcite that the bust was carved from – is a hallmark of art from the ancient southern Arabian peninsula, the fabled home of the Queen of Sheba and one of the most intriguing and shockingly “modern” artistic styles to emerge in antiquity.
via > ariadnegalleries.com

mini-girlz:

Alabaster Bust of a Woman
Period: Third to First century BC
Category: South Arabian
Dimensions: 30 cm H
This stylized bust of a woman projects an aura of strength and inscrutability, from her hollowed stare to the monumental frontality of her squared torso. This abstracted and highly geometric style – one can clearly make out the outlines of the rectangular block of calcite that the bust was carved from – is a hallmark of art from the ancient southern Arabian peninsula, the fabled home of the Queen of Sheba and one of the most intriguing and shockingly “modern” artistic styles to emerge in antiquity.

9:34am
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Reblogged from wordsnquotes

Maybe you’re playing a part on a great stage with only yourself as audience.

—  John Steinbeck, East of Eden  (via wordsnquotes)

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9:33am
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Reblogged from ancientpeoples
ancientpeoples:

Glass amphoriskos (perfume bottle)
1st Century BC
Late Hellenistic
(Source: The Metropolitan Museum)

ancientpeoples:

Glass amphoriskos (perfume bottle)

1st Century BC

Late Hellenistic

(Source: The Metropolitan Museum)

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9:28am
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Reblogged from magictransistor
magictransistor:

Li Sun-Sin (이순신 or 李舜臣), The Turtle Ship (거북선), Korea, 1591.

magictransistor:

Li Sun-Sin (이순신 or 李舜臣), The Turtle Ship (거북선), Korea, 1591.

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9:26am
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allmesopotamia:

adokal:

Female head with diadem, Neo-Assyrian, ca 8th c. BCE, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), Iraq. The Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York, USA.
source

Beautiful.

allmesopotamia:

adokal:

Female head with diadem, Neo-Assyrian, ca 8th c. BCE, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), Iraq. The Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York, USA.

source

Beautiful.

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9:23am
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Reblogged from kardiologn
kardiologn:

Chambéry - Musée Savoisien - inv. 977-1-1, f. 071 Heures à l’usage de Rome. - Hybrides anthropomorphe et zoomorphe

kardiologn:

Chambéry - Musée Savoisien - inv. 977-1-1, f. 071 Heures à l’usage de Rome. - Hybrides anthropomorphe et zoomorphe

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9:22am
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Reblogged from virtual-artifacts
virtual-artifacts:

Babylonian incantation bowl, jewish aramaic, with demon drawing, ca 6th cen

virtual-artifacts:

Babylonian incantation bowl, jewish aramaic, with demon drawing, ca 6th cen

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12:45am
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Reblogged from petrichour

All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name.

— André Breton, Mad Love  (via dishamilitia)

(Source: petrichour, via man-of-prose)