Mummy coffin of Henettawy
This coffin is from the 3rd intermediate when tombs were no longer safe and coffins became more elaborate. All the scenes that were on the walls of tombs before, are now represented on the coffins.
Found in Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb of Henettawy (MMA 59)
Egyptian, 3rd Intermediate Period, 21st dynasty, 1000 - 945 BC.
Source: Metropolitan Museum
Charcoal on white paper, 60 x 46 cm
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The Rider on the Pale Horse
by George Frederic Watts
Date painted: c.1878
Oil on canvas, 66.5 x 53.4 cm
Collection: National Museums Liverpool
William Blake. Los. 1804-20
Etching with pen, watercolour and gold, 146 x 222 mm
Tufted Coquette (Lophornis ornatus)
The Tufted Coquette is a tiny hummingbird that breeds in eastern Venezuela, Trinidad, Guiana and northern Brazil. It is an uncommon but widespread species, which appears to be a local or seasonal migrant, although its movements are not well understood. This small bird inhabits open country, gardens and cultivation. Tufted Coquettes are tame and approachable. Their food is nectar, taken from a variety of flowers, and some small invertebrates. The small size and steady flight means that this hummer often resembles a large bee as it moves from flower to flower.
Ancient Worlds - BBC TwoEpisode 1 “Come Together”
Uruk - “the mother of all cities”.
Uruk was one of the most important cities in ancient Mesopotamia; an ancient city of Sumer -and later Babylonia, situated east of the present bed of the Euphrates river. According to the Sumerian King List, it was founded by King Enmerkar sometime around 4500 BCE.
Uruk is considered the first true city in the world. It was home to 40.000 or perhaps 50.000 people, a population density unprecedented in human history.
In myth and literature, Uruk was famous as the capital city of Gilgamesh. The great epic poem The Legend of Gilgamesh contains a proud description of his city:
Go up, pace out the walls of Uruk.
Study the foundation terrace and examine the brickwork.
Is not its masonry of kiln - fired brick?
And did not seven masters lay its foundations?
One square mile of city, one square mile of gardens,
One square mile of clay pits, a half square mile of Ishtar’s dwelling,
Three and a half square miles is the measure of Uruk
The spotted handfish (Brachionichthys hirsutus), an amazing creature that walks the ocean floor, is a rare Australian fish from the family Brachionichthyidae. It is classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List 2002. is the first Australian marine species to be threatened with extinction.
The greatest threats to the handfish appear to be siltation and invasive species. The Derwent Estuary where the fish lives is highly urbanised and industrialised, and a range of marine pests have been introduced through shipping. One key pest is the Northern Pacific Seastar (Asterias amurensis), a particularly large and voracious predator that is now abundant in the estuary. Studies by CSIRO show that the seastars eat the stalked ascidians that the handfish use to attach their eggs.
- video CSIROpublishing
Africa (from Allegories of Four Continents)
Italy (c. 1712)
Pastel on blue paper
34 x 28 cm.
One of the most successful women artists of any era, the Venetian-born Rosalba Carriera spent most of her life fulfilling commissions for distinguished patrons at courts across 18th-century Europe.
On this June 27, 1989:
The Canadian Astronomical Society dedicated June 27 as “Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Day”. It was built by an international partnership of Canada’s National Research Council, France’s Centre national de la recherche scientifique and the University of Hawaii. It was the first large telescope to be placed at the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii, considered by many to be the finest site on Earth for observing the universe. The clarity and uniformity of the atmosphere above the location, and the quality of the telescope have contributed to significant advances in the study of quasars, black holes and other areas of research.
(image: By Vadim Kurland (originally posted to Flickr as IMG_2611.jpg) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons http://ow.ly/y8Wuw
text from Canada Science and Technology Museum
A pair of colliding galaxies that are part of Stephan’s Quintet.
Siddhi Lakshmi, Patan Museum, Nepal
Nine Ring Dao Sword
- Dated: early 20th century
- Culture: Chinese
- Measurements: overall length 95 cm
The sword has a wide, curved, single-edged blade with a double groove. It features nine “teeth” at the back, each one provided with an iron ring. The typical, circular quillon is made of brass with relieved border and floral engravings. The grip has fabric binding and a wide ring at the edge.
Vishnu, javanese esculpture in gold, majapahit period.
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