Jul 26, 2014
aleyma:

Dragonfly helmet, made in Japan in the 17th century (source).

High-ranking lords began to embellish their helmets with sculptural forms so that they could be visually located on the battlefield. Exotic helmets (kawari kabuto) also allowed leaders to choose symbolic motifs for their helmets that reflected some aspect of their personality or that of their collective battalions. This helmet is shaped like a giant dragonfly. In Japan, the dragonfly is symbolic of focused endeavor and vigilance because of its manner of moving up, down and sideways while continuing to face forward. In addition, in ancient texts Japan was often referred to as Akitsushima (Land of the Dragonflies), because of their abundance. They were also thought to be the spirits of rice, since they are often to be found hovering above the flooded rice fields. - from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts description

aleyma:

Dragonfly helmet, made in Japan in the 17th century (source).

High-ranking lords began to embellish their helmets with sculptural forms so that they could be visually located on the battlefield. Exotic helmets (kawari kabuto) also allowed leaders to choose symbolic motifs for their helmets that reflected some aspect of their personality or that of their collective battalions. This helmet is shaped like a giant dragonfly. In Japan, the dragonfly is symbolic of focused endeavor and vigilance because of its manner of moving up, down and sideways while continuing to face forward. In addition, in ancient texts Japan was often referred to as Akitsushima (Land of the Dragonflies), because of their abundance. They were also thought to be the spirits of rice, since they are often to be found hovering above the flooded rice fields. - from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts description

Jul 20, 2014
artafrica:

Zebra Congo Sandals

artafrica:

Zebra Congo Sandals

Jul 20, 2014

sosuperawesome:

Embroidered brooches by cOnieco

(via plantes-et-des-animaux)

Jul 20, 2014
hicockalorum:

source for this piece?
Tineye came up with nothing and TOO MANY PEOPLE POST IMAGES WITHOUT SOURCES

Not a source but apparently antique german
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/46232333649168186/

hicockalorum:

source for this piece?

Tineye came up with nothing and TOO MANY PEOPLE POST IMAGES WITHOUT SOURCES

Not a source but apparently antique german

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/46232333649168186/

(via paskoma)

Jul 19, 2014

ein-bleistift-und-radiergummi:

'Hand Gentleness'Circa 1930’s Washing Machine “Hand” agitator. A marvel of industrial design!

(Source: anonymousworks.blogspot.co.uk, via plantes-et-des-animaux)

Jul 14, 2014
thisurlistakenistaken:

Shirt, 2014 Satin coated acetate, cotton, polyester, and nylon labels from clothing I’ve owned.  
 

thisurlistakenistaken:

Shirt, 2014 Satin coated acetate, cotton, polyester, and nylon labels from clothing I’ve owned.  

 

Jul 14, 2014
cinoh:

El Anatsui, “Omen,” 1978. Image: blantonmuseum.org

cinoh:

El Anatsui, “Omen,” 1978. Image: blantonmuseum.org

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Jul 8, 2014
centuriespast:

King William Plate
Artist/maker unknown, Dutch
Geography:
Made in Delft, Netherlands, Europe
Date:
c. 1700
Medium:
Tin-glazed earthenware with polychrome decoration
Philadelphia Museum of Art

centuriespast:

King William Plate

Artist/maker unknown, Dutch

Geography:

Made in Delft, Netherlands, Europe

Date:

c. 1700

Medium:

Tin-glazed earthenware with polychrome decoration

Philadelphia Museum of Art

(via growingback)

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