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archaicwonder:

Graeco-Thracian Bow Fibula with Herakles Knots, 4th Century BC












This large gold fibula is composed of an arcing bow with a spiral spring and long, straight pin inserted at one of its terminals. The pin rests in the lower edge of a large catchplate that is attached to the other end of the bow by means of another coil of gold. The bow and catchplate are decorated with finely detailed filigree goldwork. A magnificent decorative ensemble of a rosette framed by a Herakles knot is placed in the center of the bow. Lavish and graceful palmettes frame the knot and give the piece an expansive quality. Two caps with rows of scale or feather patterns and turned ends finish the bow. The decoration of the rectangular catchplate is equally opulent. The rosette and knot motif repeats and is framed by a beaded edge and braided frame. The catchplate’s curving contour echoes the shape of the bow and lessens the severity of the fibula.
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poetryconcrete:

The salt mines (lithium deposit) in the Atacama desert of northern Chile.
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katywood:

Bruce Nauman, Untitled, 1965
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deathandmysticism:

Man amidst the collapsed giant columns of a Greek temple at Selinunte, Sicily, late 19th century
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drawpaintprint:

Jar with Ritual Scene, 15th centuryMexico; Mixtec/NayaritCeramic; H. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm)
Metropolitan Museum of Art:

During the last few centuries prior to the Spanish conquest, ceremonial vessels in Mexico had simple forms with large surfaces to which complex decoration could be applied. On this vessel, red extends over the entire surface, including the straight-sided neck and base, and over it the designs are in dark brown, white, red, and orange outlined in black. A multifigural scene involving nine individuals in profile engaging in different actions appears on the chamber of the jar. The postures of the figures vary, and the three males are distinguished from the females by size, costume, and attributes. Four of the five women wear their hair bound in two topknots held with a white band. The fifth female is shown kneeling in an enclosure, her head thrown back and her eye closed. It has been suggested that this figure portrays a woman who had died during childbirth and that the scene may relate to the myth of the birth of Quetzalcoatl, the quasi-historical ruler-priest of the ancient city of Tula whose mother had died during parturition.
Although the vessel is said to have come from Nayarit in western Mexico, its rich polychrome decoration is strongly influenced by the geometric, vividly colored painting style found primarily on ceramics and in pictorial manuscripts in central Mexico during this time.
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drawpaintprint:

Breastplate representing the god of death, Mictlantecuhtli, from Tomb 7, Monte Alban, Mixtec, c.1300-1450 (gold) 
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mentaltimetraveller:

Claire  Loder
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xxstone:

jib—reel:

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