Watercolour Painting of an Orca by eriksherman
Sabre with undulated blade
- Dated: 19th century
- Culture: Indopersian
- Measurements: overall length 76 cm
The sword has a large, undulated, double-edged, damask blade, ribbed at the centre, with a double fuller on the entire length except for the tip, which is slightly thicker. Apparently the blade is quite unusual.
The iron grip, of almost elliptical section, features a beak-shaped pommel bent on a side. The surface of the grip is decorated with silver-inlaid floral motifs and geometrical frames. The pommel has a relieved rosette on both faces.
Depictions of dolphins in ancient art.
Dolphin mosaic from the Baths of Buticosus, Ostia Antica. Roman, 2nd century. Photo by Roger Ulrich.
Dolphin fresco, Knossos, Crete, 1700-1450 BC. Photo by H-stt, via the Wiki Commons.
Youth playing the flute and riding a dolphin. Red-figure stamnos, 360–340 BC. Alcestis Group, from Etruria. Courtesy of the National Archaeological Museum of Spain. Photo by Jastrow, via the Wiki Commons.
These stunning photographs, which look like a glorious late evening sky with dashes of pink and purple, are actually pictures of Japan’s largest wisteria (or wistaria, depending on whom you ask) plant.
This plant, located in Ashikaga Flower Park in Japan, is certainly not the largest in the world, but it still comes in at an impressive 1,990 square meters (or half an acre) and dates back to around 1870 (the largest, at about 4,000 square meters, is the wisteria vine in Sierra Madre, California). Although wisterias can look like trees, they’re actually vines. Because its vines have the potential to get very heavy, this plant’s entire structure is held up on steel supports, allowing visitors to walk below its canopy and bask in the pink and purple light cast by its beautiful hanging blossoms.
Image credits: Takao Tsushima
- Dated: 19th century
- Culture: Burmese
- Medium: steel, wood, silver
- Measurements: overall length: 72.5 cm (28-1/2 inches)
The wooden hilt and scabbard are fully silver-plated with blossoms and scrollwork decoration, while the curved machete-type blade features a flat back.
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The Mesoamerican archaeological site of Tula, located in Hidalgo, approximately 75km north of Mexico City, Mexico.
Tula is thought to have been the historical capital of the Toltec state. Pictured in the top photo are the 16’ high colossal atlantids atop Pyramid B. These atlantids depict rulers or warriors armed with spear-throwers and darts. To date we actually still do not know a great deal about the Toltecs (their name meaning “makers of things”), whom the Aztecs claimed to have descended from.
Photos taken by AlejandroLinaresGarcia.