Missals from Iram

Liturgical books from a lost city.
Prayer of the Metropolitan at the Coronation of Alexander II - Vasily Timm, 1856.

Prayer of the Metropolitan at the Coronation of Alexander II - Vasily Timm, 1856.

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happy unicorn and a naked virginRothschild Canticles, Flanders 14th century.
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, MS 404, fol. 51r

discardingimages:

happy unicorn and a naked virgin

Rothschild Canticles, Flanders 14th century.

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, MS 404, fol. 51r

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Ancient Greek Relief with Heroes and Worshipers from Sparta, circa 540 BC, made of marble.
Αρχαίο ελληνικό Relief με ήρωες και προσκυνητές από τη Σπάρτη, γύρω στο 540 π.Χ., από μάρμαρο.

hellas-inhabitants:

Ancient Greek Relief with Heroes and Worshipers from Sparta, circa 540 BC, made of marble.

Αρχαίο ελληνικό Relief με ήρωες και προσκυνητές από τη Σπάρτη, γύρω στο 540 π.Χ., από μάρμαρο.

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Costume design for a bacchante - Léon Bakst, 1911, for the ballet Narcisse.

Costume design for a bacchante - Léon Bakst, 1911, for the ballet Narcisse.

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Kuttam Pokuna (“Twin Pools/Ponds”), built in the ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

The twin pond is undoubtedly the best surviving example of landscape architecture in ancient Sri Lanka” -Professor Anuradha Seneviratne.

An outstanding example of hydrological engineering, the Kuttam Pokuna are ritual baths used by Buddhist monks, and are thought to date to the 8th or 9th centuries. ‘Kuttam pokuna’ is the name given to these pools in the 20th century, their ancient name is not known. Water was transferred to these pools through underground ducts.

The second pool is located directly behind the one shown, better displayed in this photo. Although referred to as “twins”, the northern pool is significantly larger than southern one, the northern being 40m long, and the southern, 28m.

Of the two ponds the one in the north, seems to have been constructed before the southern one. Fine architectural differences confirm this point. It seems that after the construction of the southern pond an attempt has been made to connect them. The two ponds varying in size and architectural details areharmonised to create to make up a composite place of artistic creation

During excavations, a metal box was discovered at the bottom of a pool. Within this box were small replicas of water dwelling animals, such as of a fish and crab, now displayed at the Anuradhapura Museum.

Photos courtesy & taken by Vasse Nicolas Antoine. The quoted sections are from Professor Anuradha Seneviratne’s book Ancient Anuradhapura (1994).

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