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There’s Dumb People Everywhere

There’s Dumb People Everywhere

Venetian chair. photo courtesy Sotheby's

The Eye of Horus Bracelet found on the mummy of King Shoshenq II - c 890 BC- gold lapis lazuli, carnelian,faience - Cairo Museum

Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Chatelaine, Wm. B. Kerr & Co., the two vials, a comb case depicting Cupid and Psyche, notebook, and mirror all suspended from griffin and scrolling foliate motifs, total lg. 9 in., maker's mark.

The never-translated Voynich Manuscript

Martin Waldseemuller's A.D. 1507 world map, often referred to as America's birth certificate as it was the first document on which the name "America" appears. It was also the first to show a distinct Western Hemisphere and to represent the Pacific Ocean as a separate body of water. [per Library of Congress]

The cat first appears in painting and relief at the end of the Old Kingdom, and this cosmetic jar is the earliest-known three-dimensional representation of the animal in Egyptian art. | Cosmetic Vessel in the Shape of a Cat. Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, early, ca. 1990–1900 B.C. Egypt. Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1990 (1990.59.1)

Bata Shoe Museum: Car-inspired shoes by Prada

Cameo Shell Lamp ~ from Cellini (Cameo) Factory near Pompeii

Game of Hounds and Jackals, ca. 1814–1805 B.C. Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Amenemhat IV. Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, el-Asasif, Tomb of Reniseneb. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926 (26.7.1287). Egyptians likened the intricate voyage through the underworld to a game. This made gaming boards and gaming pieces appropriate objects to deposit in tombs. #dogs

Steel & brass arm, 1850-1910. "This unusual prosthetic arm articulates in a number of ways. The elbow joint can be moved by releasing a spring & the top joint of the wrist allows a degree of rotation and an up-and-down motion. The fingers can also curl up & straighten out. The leather upper arm piece is used to fix the prosthesis to the remaining upper arm. The rather sinister appearance of the hand suggests the wearer may have disguised it with a glove," Science Museum, London. [1st of 2 pins]

Descent of the Holy Spirit ~ The Black Hours, c. 1475

Macedonian and Ptolemaic Period

Kokoshnik (Russian headdress), late 1700s, The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Brooklyn Museum Collection)

Necklace of hollow gold lizard amulets, cornelian beads and hollow gold date-shaped pendants from Egypt18th Dynasty, 1470-1350 BC. As well as being decorative, it was believed that these necklaces endowed the wearer with the powers and qualities symbolized by the amulets.

Meyen - Berlin 1890

Royal Flemish vase, Mt Washington Glass Company, 1893–1895,

Celadon fish vases, 1750

Before the Sahara became a desert, it was home to many savanna animals, including the giraffe. People began to paint and etch the Sahara's animals in desert rock about 12,000 years ago. Archaeologists estimate that the oldest remaining pictures date back to 6500 B.C.

Incense burner stand depicting the Jaguar God of the Underworld On his nightly journey through the Underworld, the Sun God, K'inish Ajaw, transforms into the Jaguar God of the Underworld. His daily trip to the Underworld mirrored those taken by the deceased. This vessel depicts three figures from top to bottom: a seated ruler or priest dressed as the Jaguar God; a similarly garbed noble emerging from the head and a serpent; and the head of a jaguar.

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An exceptional embroidered sitarah (curtain) made for the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad in Medina is now on permanent display at the Ashmolean’s Gallery of Islamic Middle East. The curtain was generously donated by Dr. Nasser D. Khalili, a dedicated collector and passionate scholar of Islamic art whose collection is among the largest and most comprehensive in the world. jameelcentre.ashm...

The Gundestrup Cauldron. Dated between 200 BC and 300 AD, placing it within the late La Tène period or early Roman Iron Age. Found in 1891 in a peat bog near the hamlet of Gundestrup in the Aars parish of Himmerland, Denmark.

Victoria Station

Viking weathervane. Statens Historiska Museum, Stockholm, Sweden Image © Werner Forman/CORBIS

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The Stargazer c. 3000BC Early Bronze Age, Western Anatolia

Amber perfue bottle with flower basket jeweling ~ Franz Josef Vater, c.1931