Silver finger-ring; on the bezel is the gold figure of a fly soldered to an oblong plate of gold.circa 500BC. Archaic Greek. (Findspot Polis-tis-Chrysokhou, Necropolis II, tomb 162).For a full discussion of this type of ring and its significance see Smith in Childs et al. 2012, 159. In ancient Egypt the fly was regarded as a symbol of persistence even though it was also something of a curse to humans as well.
Comb (Duafe), 19th–20th century. Ghana. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Gift of William W. Brill, 1963 (1978.412.479) | In Ghana, elaborate combs such as this one were gifts from Akan men to women to commemorate special events, such as puberty celebrations, weddings, or births.
Natural designs embodies in Mojave desert plants fascinate Eames, who likes to mount them on the wall of his studio. From them, he says, he gets ideas for his own designs. The studio’s equipment includes a 22-foot tack board for such specimens and experimental designs and a photographic darkroom.