The ‘Petticoat Duellists’ of 1792.
The ‘Petticoat Duellists’ of 1792.
Provenience: France, Normandy,Calvados, Bernieres d’Ailly
Locus: Foot of the Monts d’Eraines near Chateau d’Ailly
Period: Late Bronze Age
Date Made: 1199-700 BC
Roman Gold Military Leaf Pendant Pair, 1st-2nd century AD
A pair of sheet gold ivy leaf plaques, each with granule finial and band of ropework, linked by a length of chain, from a military insignia.
aseantoo submitted to medievalpoc:
Unknown Dehua artist
A European family
China (late 1600s)
Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore
There’s an exhibition on in Singapore now called China Mania!: The Global Passion for Porcelain, 800-1900. It features porcelain works made by Chinese kilns for customers in Europe, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia and Japan, including a fair number of representations of Europeans (plus one of Persians!).
This one comes from the kilns in the county of Dehua, in Fujian Province. Turns out there was a whole industry of manufacturing statuettes of people in Western dress for export.
For some reason, this artist seems to believe that the average European family owns not only a dog, but also - on the bottom right - a monkey.
Glass Perfume Bottle
1st Century AD
Early Imperial Roman
(Source: The Metropolitan Museum)
Painted Eyebrow Trends in Tang Dynasty
This is a chart showing different eyebrow trends in the Tang Dynasty. It’s based on a chart in Chinese Clothing by Hua Mei and Gao Chunming (2004), on pg 37. I wanted to create a chart that had the eyebrows on faces.
"Women of the Tang Dynasty paid particular attention to facial appearance, and the application of powder or even rouge was common practice. Some women’s foreheads were painted dark yellow and the dai (a kind of dark blue pigment) was used to paint their eyebrows into different shapes that were called dai mei(painted eyebrows) in general. There were literally a dozen ways to pait the eyebrows and between the brows there was a colourful decoration called hua dian, which was made of specks of gold, silver and emerald feather.” (5000 Years of Chinese Costume, 77)
"…during the years of Yuanho in the reign of Xuanzong the system of costumes changed, and women no longer applied red powder to their faces; instead, they used only black ointment for their lips and made their eyebrows like like the Chinese character ‘八’." (5000 Years of Chinese Costume, 77)
The black lipstick style “was called the ‘weeping makeup’ or ‘tears makeup’.” (Chinese Clothing by Hua Mei, 37)
It’s a katakana font (named “ゴウラ”) designed to look like Olde English fancy print
This must be the Japanese equivalent of that “asian” font you see on Chinese takeout boxes
(via a friend-of-a-friend on Facebook. hat-tip to artofemilyo)
The comments on the Language Log post about Gothic katakana are also interesting, including a link to The Structures of Letters and Symbols throughout Human History Are Selected to Match Those Found in Objects in Natural Scenes.
Tughra (Official Signature) of Sultan Suleiman. Istanbul, Turkey. c. 1555-1560. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper.
The Fraser Wedding Dress - used continuously by a single family since it was made in 1785, last worn in 2005
From Inverness Museums & Art Gallery via Emotional Objects
I was starting to think that maybe I didn’t want these plants in that flower bed when I leafed through Dominque Cardon’s book Natural Dyes and found sawwort listed in the historic yellow dyes. “Since the Middle Ages, sawwort has been used in several European textile centers…In Tuscany in the 14th and 15th centuries it was as highly valued as weld as a dye for dyeing woollen cloth yellow and green.” (p. 178)