Missals from Iram

Liturgical books from a lost city.
The inventor Rotwang (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) with the Maschinenmensch (Brigitte Helm), the first robot ever depicted in cinema, in Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis.

The inventor Rotwang (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) with the Maschinenmensch (Brigitte Helm), the first robot ever depicted in cinema, in Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis.

artofprayer:

Called the “City of 1001 Churches,” Ani stood on various trade routes and its many religious buildings, palaces, and fortifications were amongst the most technically and artistically advanced structures in the world.

At its height, Ani had a population of 100,000–200,000 people and was the rival of Constantinople, Baghdad and Damascus. Long ago renowned for its splendor and magnificence, Ani was abandoned and largely forgotten following the earthquake of 1319.

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A View of the Monuments of Easter Island, Rapanui - William Hodges, 1775. Oil on panel. The first known depiction of Easter Island by a European.

A View of the Monuments of Easter Island, Rapanui - William Hodges, 1775. Oil on panel. The first known depiction of Easter Island by a European.

marjahalla:

Classification and distribution of Romance languages.

Romance languages, group of related languages all derived from Vulgar Latin within historical times and forming a subgroup of the Italic branch of the Indo-European language family. The major languages of the family include French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Romanian, all national languages. Catalan also has taken on a political and cultural significance; among the Romance languages that now have less political or literary significance or both are the Occitan and Rhaetian dialects, Sardinian, and Dalmatian (extinct), among others. Of all the so-called families of languages, the Romance group is perhaps the simplest to identify and the easiest to account for historically. Not only do Romance languages share a good proportion of basic vocabulary—still recognizably the same in spite of some phonological changes—and a number of similar grammatical forms, but they can be traced back, with but few breaks in continuity, to the language of the Roman Empire.” Encyclopaedia Britannica

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Maya limestone relief, ca. AD 600-900, Yaxchilan, Mexico.
The scene represents a bloodletting ritual performed by the king of Yaxchilán, Shield Jaguar the Great (681-742), and his wife, Lady K’ab’al Xook (Itzamnaaj Bahlen III). The king holds a flaming torch over his wife, who is pulling a thorny rope through her tongue. Scrolls of blood can be seen around her mouth. The first two glyphs in the text at the top of the lintel indicate the event and the date on which it took place, 24 October, AD 709 (5 Eb, 15 Mak in the maya calendar). The lintel has traces of Maya blue, turquoise and red pigment. - britishmuseum.org

homoarchaeologicus:

Maya limestone relief, ca. AD 600-900, Yaxchilan, Mexico.

The scene represents a bloodletting ritual performed by the king of Yaxchilán, Shield Jaguar the Great (681-742), and his wife, Lady K’ab’al Xook (Itzamnaaj Bahlen III). The king holds a flaming torch over his wife, who is pulling a thorny rope through her tongue. Scrolls of blood can be seen around her mouth. The first two glyphs in the text at the top of the lintel indicate the event and the date on which it took place, 24 October, AD 709 (5 Eb, 15 Mak in the maya calendar). The lintel has traces of Maya blue, turquoise and red pigment. - britishmuseum.org

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Adam Ryder

Selections from the Joint Photographic Survey, 2012

  • Tower of the Rock
  • Selucian Retreat at Succoth (2 Views)
  • Temple City of Haraam
  • Monastic Retreat at Betharbel

"… [Photography] presents a kind of false truth as all photographs are subjective images, even those made by machine.  The primary action in photography, framing the image, is one by which elements of a scene or subjects are excluded, conflated, monumentalized, sublimated, flattened, isolated or otherwise given emotional weight that they lack when experienced by the un-aided eye.  In my mind, photography’s chief action is recontextualize the objects, people and environments we see.  To some degree, my work stems from this basic fact and underscores the slippery nature of photographic “fact.”

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The dance scene from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927), with Brigitte Helm as the false Maria.