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5th December
Korean National Heritage Online. Most extensive.

A Visit to Grandfather's House. 'Explore Korea: A Visit to Grandfather's House is the first interactive exhibition for families at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Visitors will take a journey to explore the daily lifestyle of a Korean family in Grandfather's time. The exhibition features an architectural setting based on a traditional Korean house, a display of Korean folk art, a mural by Seattle-area Korean-American artists, a videotape, and an art workshop space.'

Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a Back. 'Some say that the world divides up into cultures that curate and cultures who are curated. This exhibition, Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a Back, is making an effort to end that divide. The people pictured above are all waiting to take you with them into art galleries that are not silent, have no labels on the wall, but are filled with music, movements, and stories. Let them be your guides.'

The House on the Rock. 'During the 1940's, a man named Alex Jordan discovered a 60-foot chimney of rock in the beautiful Wyoming Valley. It was then he decided to build a house on the sandstone formation called Deer Shelter Rock. Jordan built the house as a weekend retreat and never intended it to be a tourist attraction. However, people kept coming to see the architectural wonder they had heard about. Jordan eventually started asking for 50 cent donations. That was only the beginning. The 14-room house is the original structure of what is now a complex of many buildings, exhibits and garden displays ... '

Postcards from the Travel Goddesses. 'Five imaginary Travel Goddesses invite you to share their adventures and their correspondence as they travel the backroads.'

El Greco. 'approximately 70 works by the great 16th-century painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos, known to posterity as El Greco. The works span the whole of his career, from his origins as a painter of icons in his native Crete to his work in Venice and Rome and his definitive move to Toledo, Spain. There are sections devoted to his depiction of saints, a selection of his large-scale altarpieces, a representation of his work as a sculptor, his rare excursions into mythological themes, and an extraordinary selection of his psychologically intense portraits, so greatly admired by Velázquez.'
Images.

Treasures of a Lost Art: Italian Manuscript Painting of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. 'This exhibition presents to the public for the first time the magnificent collection of Italian illuminated manuscripts formed by Robert Lehman (1891–1969). On display are 101 single leaves and cuttings and two bound volumes, ranging in date from the 13th to the 16th century and covering the major centers of manuscript production in Italy. Among them are works by some of the most famous names in Italian painting, such as Duccio di Buoninsegna, Stefano da Verona, and Cosimo Tura, as well as visually stunning examples by leading figures in the history of Italian manuscript illumination.'
Images.

Urban Grime. At the Museum of London.
'Londoners are more likely to die from traffic pollution than in a road accident. London is rubbish at recycling.
'Although our city is among the greenest in the world, in this exhibition we raise issues of serious concern to Londoners. Using artefacts from our collections, we dish the dirt on the environmental legacy of a chronically polluted past.
'The exhibition coincides with the publication by the Mayor of London of five environmental strategies.
'Use the buttons on the right to explore the exhibition themes, and to tell the Mayor what you think. '

Fra Bartolommeo: The Rest on the Flight into Egypt with St. John the Baptist.

Adrien Ysenbrandt: The Mass of Saint Gregory the Great.

Domenico Beccafumi: The Miraculous Communion of Saint Catherine of Siena.

Domenico Beccafumi: Saint Catherine of Siena Receiving the Stigmata.

Texas Roadside Icons.

Frances Benjamin Johnston: Stairway of Treasurer's Residence: Students at Work. Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia.

The Bolshy Princess. A modern fairy tale.

No Pasaran! Anti-fascist posters of the Spanish Civil War.

Demand the Impossible! - Posters from the Paris 1968 Uprising.

Robert Maletta. Africa photographs.

The Leonard Bernstein Collection. 'The composer, conductor, writer, and teacher Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was one of 20th-century America's most important musical figures. The Leonard Bernstein Collection is one of the largest and most varied of the many special collections held by the Library of Congress Music Division. Its more than 400,000 items, including music and literary manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, audio and video recordings, fan mail, and other types of materials extensively document Bernstein's extraordinary life and career.'

African Journey. 'Pete Turner African Journey is based on my first trip to Africa in 1959 when I drove from Capetown to Cairo through pre-independent Africa. In a period of seven months, I saw more colors and exotic places than I ever dreamed possible. It was an adventure of a lifetime. Since then, I have returned many times to Africa and the book highlights my impressions of its people, its wildlife and its beauty over a period of 40 years. It is my diary on what Africa has meant to me visually.'

Lismore's Glowing Cross. 'On the 30th of September, 1907, William Thomas Thurling Steenson died in Lismore, Northern NSW, Australia, after trying to stop a runaway train carriage in the line of duty at nearby Mullumbimby. Seventy years later his gravestone provoked worldwide interest after it was found to be inexplicably glowing. This is the true story of Lismore's Glowing Cross.'

Lamu Island, Kenya. Photographs.

The Hannah Arendt Papers. 'The papers of the author, educator, and political philosopher Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) are one of the principal sources for the study of modern intellectual life. Located in the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress, they constitute a large and diverse collection reflecting a complex career. With over 25,000 items (about 75,000 digital images), the papers contain correspondence, articles, lectures, speeches, book manuscripts, transcripts of Adolf Eichmann's trial proceedings, notes, and printed matter pertaining to Arendt's writings and academic career. The entire collection has been digitized and is available to researchers in reading rooms at the Library of Congress, the New School University in New York City, and the Hannah Arendt Center at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. Parts of the collection and the finding aid are available for public access on the Internet. '

A Gallery of Cryptozoological Alumni. 'All the following creatures have been discovered in the past 100 years.'

The Impossible Rocks that Fell from the Sky. ' "I would more easily believe that two Yankee professors would lie than that stones would fall from heaven" - Supposedly said by Thomas Jefferson after hearing of meteorite exploding over Weston, Connecticut on December 14, 1807.
'Science now accepts the idea that rocks can fall from outer space onto Earth. Not only does it accept the existence of meteorites, it embraces it... '

Krzysztof Wodiczko. 'Polish Artist Krzysztof Wodiczko creates Art by projecting images upon the monumental architecture found in large cities. His ephemeral projection pieces last only a night or two, but they reclaim the city streets as places for discussion and heated debate. In the image directly above, the Artist projected a Photograph upon the domed Centro Cultural Theatre of Tijuana. The domed theater is where a documentary tracing the history of Mexican civilization is screened daily. The projection's theme was the undocumented Mexican workers who risk their lives to cross into the United States in search of jobs. The image used in the projection shows a Mexican Worker with his hands clasped behind his head, as if being arrested by La Migra (the INS).'

An Alle Kunstler! The German Expressionists.

Marble Statue of a Tirthankara. A Jain saint.

Jain Yantra, inscribed with mantras. 'A yantra is an abstract diagram made up of several symbolic geometric forms which is used as an aid for meditation or as part of a ritual. They are used by Hindus, as well as Buddhists and Jains; this one is identified as Jain by its inscriptions. Little has so far been published on the use of yantras in Jainism, though examples in use can be seen at Jain shrines such as Shravana Belgola near Mysore. Simiar ideas to those in this mystic diagram are seen in Jain painted banners and cosmograms.'

Scary Go Round. Web comic.

Piggy Hunter. Web comic.

Big Nate.

Alberto Korda, the Cuban Photographer who took the famous photograph of Che Guevara.

Japanese TV Goes Psychotic. 'To say television has changed in Japan since the 1960s is like saying Godzilla is a lizard. '

The Great Siberian Explosion. The story and theories about the mysterious explosion in Siberia in the early 20th century.
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4th December
If anyone wants to buy fine craft items from Nepal (or Kashmir) for the 'holiday season', I know a man who may be able to help. Email me - nutcote at nutcote demon co uk.

Illustrations to Dante by William Blake. 'Dante's Commedia shews That for Tyrannical Purposes he has made This World the Foundation of All, & the Goddess Nature is his Inspirer & not Imagination... ' - Blake.

A Depression Art Gallery.

The Water-Babies: Illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith. 'The large, lavish drawings Jessie Willcox Smith produced as color plates for The Water-Babies in 1916 are among her most loved and admired works. She apparently thought highly of them as well because upon her death in 1935 she bequeathed all twelve to the Cabinet of American Illustration, a special collection of almost four thousand original drawings by the nation's most influential illustrators, preserved within the Prints and Photographs Division. Her works evoking the innocence of youth and demonstrating the artistry of illustrated books are among the Library's great graphic treasures.'

Fading Ad Campaign. 'Fading Ad Campaign is a photographic project documenting vintage mural ads on building brickfaces in New York City spanning nearly a century. '

Interesting Trees, Kawasaki, Japan.

Aboriginal Languages of Australia. 'There are more than 200 Australian Indigenous languages. About 20 languages are strong, but endangered: the others have been destroyed, live in the memories of the elderly, or are being revived by their communities. This site has annotated links to 180 resources for about 60 languages. About 25% of these resources are produced or published by Indigenous people. '
(Warning - good collection but some broken links).

The Genealogy of the Coleridge and Southey Families of England.
'Sir, I admit your general rule,
That every poet is a fool,
But you yourself may serve to show it,
That every fool is not a poet.' - Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
The Coleridge Archive.

Twelve Devas in Japanese art. 'The Twelve Devas are the gods of the twelve directions in Esoteric Buddhism, including the four quarters and four semi-quarters, up and down, and the sun and moon, and are the guardians of Esoteric Buddhist monasteries. '

Amida (Amitabha) Coming over the Mountain. Hanging scroll.

Tiepolo: The Banquet of Cleopatra.

Poussin: The Crossing of the Red Sea.

Monet: Rough Weather at Etretat.

Pissarro: Boulevard Montmartre, Morning, Cloudy Weather.

African Ceremonies: Photographs of Sacred Rituals in Tribal Cultures.

Mirella Ricciardi: African Visions. 'African Visions is the record of a remarkable thirty-year journey. A diary of powerful images, as well as snapshots of remembered moments, of photographs of her family and of tribal visions from the African bush. The people who have shaped and coloured her life are here, spanning the decades of a continent dominated by the colonial powers, wracked by the transition to independence and now firmly in the new millennium. '
Gallery.

Mirella Ricciardi: Child Photography. 'After my last 'safari' into the Amazon in l990 I decided the time had come to set aside my cameras. '
'I was sixty years old and this kind of photographic adventure was getting a bit too much for me. So I set aside my cameras and became a potter. Then one day I picked up my cameras again and focused my lens on my grandson Agostino. I realised then that all I needed to do was to adapt my photography to my white hair. '
'The results were so spectacular they recalled the images of my own young family I had captured in my youth. '
'When my daughter Marina died of Cancer at the age of 36 the pictures I took of her as she was growing up are all I now have left of her. They keep me company and my memories alive.'

Rubens. 'The most sought-after painter in northern Europe during the seventeenth century, Peter Paul Rubens, was also a diplomat, linguist, and scholar. His dynamic, emotional style with its rich texture, vivid color, and lively movement has influenced Western art to the present day.'

Johannes Vermeer and Dutch Scenes of Daily Life in the 1600s.

Tokyo Bar Matchboxes - more - more.

Postcards of Japan in the 1900s - more.

The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863. 'President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." '

Louisiana Purchase Treaty, 1803. 'Robert Livingston and James Monroe closed on the sweetest real estate deal of the millennium when they signed the Louisiana Purchase Treaty in Paris on April 30, 1803.'

Map of the Louisiana Purchase.

Chris Rainier: Photo Essays of Indigenous Cultures.

Marble Relief Figure of Sarasvati. 'Although she is better known as a Hindu goddess, Sarasvati's cult is equally popular among the Jains. Sarasvati is a benign goddess associated with knowledge, music and learning. Originally associated with the river Sarasvati, this goddess now has the epithet, 'Vina-pustak dharini' or bearer of the musical instrument (vina), and a book ... '

Red Sandstone Figure of a Tirthankara. 'The Indian faith of Jainism arose at approximately the same time as Buddhism. Its followers believe in a series of twenty-four tirthankaras, the last of whom was Mahavira (about 540-468 BC), a contemporary of the Buddha. The title Tirthankara means 'ford-maker' and refers to these individuals making 'fords' that allow their followers to cross over from suffering and pain to happiness and perfect knowledge. They are also called Jinas or 'conquerors' because they have conquered and controlled their desires and attained a state of inner enlightenment.'

Panels from Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.

Hendrick Avercamp: A Scene on the Ice.

Steam Locomotives in SE Texas and SW Louisiana. 'The following is a look at the engines located in the Southeastern Texas and Southwestern Louisiana area. Most of these are located within a few miles of US Highway 59 as it winds across Southeast Texas. Notice that the Southern Pacific and the logging railroads dominate the remaining locomotive inventory.'
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3rd December
The Patrin Web Journal: Romani Culture and History.

William Coupon: The Gypsies. The Romanies of Andalusia; photography.

Gypsy Collections at the University of Liverpool. Culture, history, images.

A Walk Around Winchester Cathedral.

Harley Fine Art. 'Harley-Davidson and other American motorcycles in contemporary photo- realism.'

Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project.

Native and Inuit Art at Glenbow. 'The art of Canada's First Peoples is well represented in Glenbow's collection, spanning historic and present day art and encompassing artists from the Arctic, the west coast, the prairies and eastern Canada. '

Tang Dynasty Bodhisattva.

Lu Zhi: Distant Mountains. Hanging scroll.

Legends of the Yuzu Nembutsu. 14th century Japanese scroll.

Zal Courting Rudabah: Leaf from a Shahnama. 16th century Persian manuscript.

Coffee Shop Classics. Americana.

Stephen F. Procko. Awesome black and white landscape photography.

Darin Boville. Polaroid photography.

Misha Gordin. 'Conceptual photography.'

Peter G. Balazsy. Human figure photography; may not be work safe.

Cleo Mussi. Mosaic art.

The Free State Project. 'The Free State Project is a plan in which 20,000 or more liberty-oriented people will move to a single state of the U.S., where they may work within the political system to reduce the size and scope of government. The success of the Free State Project would likely entail reductions in burdensome taxation and regulation, reforms in state and local law, an end to federal mandates, and a restoration of constitutional federalism, demonstrating the benefits of liberty to the rest of the nation and the world.'

The Gallery. 'A collection of art from the Central Interior of British Columbia.'

Private Eye. Satirical magazine.

Nandiphotos: See Uganda through New Eyes. Photography.

The Wilderness of the Heart. Digitally transformed photographs.

Black Mirages by Alain Paris. African photography. Not suitable for work.

Philip Kwame Apagya. Ghanaian photographer. 'in africa, a photo studio is the place where dreams come true. for a few pence, ordinary mortals can strike a pose and achieve immortality, have things they haven't got and may never have, be people they are not and may never be, have access to the inaccessible. people start asking for personal portraits that go beyond the image usually present on identity papers, often the only 'popular portrait' available. this open new roads to the art of photographic portrait, with possibility for the artist to catch special moments in people's existence: people ask for a picture for several reasons, but with the common desire to have a 'funny picture' ... '

Japan from the Driver's Seat.
Japan photo galleries.

Rikidozan, the Yakuza and Nicola's Pizza. 'How very little we knew about the evil that surrounded us when, at age 16, my friends and I constantly hung out around the yakuza gangster joints in Tokyo. Our parents told us time and again to stay away from Nicolas Pizza and Club Riki. Naturally, that only encouraged us to hang out there all the time. When Nick Zapetti of Nicolas would welcome us and call us by name, we thought we were ultimate cool, because it was rumored he was a real Italian Mafia guy. My friend Covert Carl even wore a sweatshirt with a Black Hand painted on it. Really evil men, under the guise of restaurant or club owners, used their businesses as meeting places for people committing some really despicable acts .. the $800,000 diamond robbery at the Imperial Hotel, theft from the base exchange warehouses, extortion, graft, blackmail, embezzlement, fraud, assault and murder ... '

Madewood Plantation, Louisiana. Virtual tour starts here - click on the 'tour' icon on the top left to continue.

Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana. 'Located on the Mississippi River between the historic cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Oak Alley Plantation has been called the "Grande Dame" of the Great River Road. Nowhere else in the South will you find such a spectacular setting! The quarter-mile canopy of giant live oak trees, believed to be nearly 300 years old, forms an impressive avenue leading to the classic Greek-revival style antebellum home. '

Poche Plantation. 'The last of the great Mississippi River plantations to be constructed, the Poche Plantation house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places both for its architectural importance and as the residence of Judge Felix Pierre Poche.'
Virtual tour.

Early Christian Art.
Jonas Thrown to the Whale.
Hercules and the Hydra.

Stone Sculpture of Shakti-Ganesha.

Marble Pillar from a Jain Temple. 'This stone pillar is typical of those sculpted for the many Hindu and Jain temples built in mediaeval western India. Architectural elements in Indian temples are invariably covered in ornament - geometric patterns, foliage, animals and deities - transforming structural features into elaborate sculptures. This column shaft is square at the base, then octagonal and round at the top.'

Archangel Michael.

The Condemnation of Christ and the Denial of Saint Peter, fifth century.

The Death of Judas and Crucifixion of Christ, fifth century.

Gargoyle.

Messiers and Mars.

Sagittarius and the Central Milky Way.

A Deathly Torture. Horror story.
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2nd December
Have You Heard from Jorn Barger?

London Underground: Platform for Art.
Self-portraits.

Poems on the London Underground.

Rolf Bauerdick: The Roma of Central and Eastern Europe. Photography.

The Dream. 'A photographic essay among the Chergari Gypsies in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.'

Kaigetsudo Anchi: Courtesan. Woodblock print.

Pottery Shard Mosaic in Louisiana.

Ted Orland. Handcoloured and black and white photography.

Bolt City. Online comic.

Demons and Deities: Masks of the Himalayas. 'The powerful imagery of the Himalayan mask tradition is drawn from the diverse traditions of shamanism, village myths and the classical traditions of Buddhism and Hinduism. In this essay the author probes the 'greater context' of Himalayan masks, finding in them stylistic and thematic affinities with cultures as widespread as those of Eurasia and the Americas, and covering a period extending from the upper Paleolithic era to the present.'
'Surviving in isolated valleys, and hemmed in by the world's tallest mountains, the peoples of the Himalayas maintain a subsistence economy of pastoralism and horticulture. They identify with the syncretic belief systems known to us as animism, Hinduism and Buddhism, and share a common love of the masquerade. The broad dispersal throughout the Himalayan region and beyond of a masking tradition suggests that it has ancient roots ... '

Agayuliyararput: Our Way of Making Prayer. 'During 1996, 1997 and 1998 an amazing exhibit of Southwestern Alaskan culture and art toured the United States. Developed jointly by a team of native Yup'ik people, researchers and museum professionals, Agayuliyararput or "Our Way of Making Prayer" was the first exhibit to bring Yup'ik masks and ceremonial materials to a wide audience in their native context. '
'Drumming, dancing and storytelling were integral parts of the exhibit in each of its venues, which included Alaskan villages and major metropolitan areas. At each site both native and non-native people were allowed a rare glimpse into the living tradition of Yup'ik masks.'
'Masked dancing traditionally took place during the long Alaskan winter in the qasgiq or communal men's house. Masks were carved, decorated and painted, ingenious theatrical devices were created and hung from the roof, and beautiful clothing was sewn, all as part of a complex spiritual life which honored the beings that made life possible in the Arctic environment. The masks were used for many ceremonial purposes; they were said to have made the unseen world visible. It is impossible today to know the specific meanings behind any type of mask, as the meaning was personal to the mask's creator and related to the story he or she wished to tell ... '

The Dancing Monks of Tengboche.

William Neill Photography. The American landscape. ( skip intro)

Tracking the Buffalo. Stories from a buffalo hide painting.

Keaner. Online comic.

Photophilia. Photography from Russia.

Tibetan Classic Texts.

Dicebox. Online comic.

Brain Hurt. Online comic.

Dan McCormack: Bodyscan. Scan of a human body, from toe to head; not safe for work.

Other Side of the Island Photo Gallery. 'On this site you will find: Landscape, Studio Portrait, Nude, and Street Photography, along with many quotes from the Masters and some of my own anecdotes. Down below you will find a thumbnail section of "Gallery Previews". Further down are links into the very large "Main Gallery" and into the not-so-large "Beach Gallery".'

About Daylight Saving Time. 'Just as sunflowers turn their heads to catch every sunbeam, so too have we discovered a simple way to get more from our sun.'

Jesuits and the Sciences 1540-1995. 'A remarkable characteristic of the Society of Jesus during the period of its first founding (1540-1773) was the involvement of its members in the sciences. The reasons for this interest in scientific study can be found in the nature and mission of the order itself. Saint Ignatius Loyola considered the acquisition of knowledge and the performance of mundane labor as spiritually profitable tasks, and this fostered in the Society an action-oriented, utilitarian mentality sympathetic to scientific study. In addition, the role of the Society as the "schoolmasters of Europe" meant that the pedagogically (and scientifically) useful principles of rationality, method and efficiency were highly valued ... '

Circumcised, Circumscribed. Circumcision art. 'Circumcision circumscribes male cultural identity in many societies. In others, including the United States, it is merely a routine performed on male infants for supposed health benefits, now long disproved ... '

Alamkara: 5000 Years of Indian Art. 'A significant number of people of Singapore are of Indian origin. As part of an initiative to present the ancient heritage of the people of Singapore, in 1994-95 the Government of Singapore held an exhibition Alamkara: 5000 Years of Indian Art, at the National Museum, Singapore. The exhibition was organized by Asian Civilizations Museum, National Heritage Board, Singapore and National Museum, New Delhi , and ran from July 1994 to January 1995 ... '
Woman puts on makeup.

Paintings of Daria Daulat Bagh. (India) Paintings on the walls of a summer place of Tippu Sultan are both beautiful and historic.

Advertisements from the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars. 'When the Spanish-American War began in April of 1898, American businesses responded quickly, capitalizing on the public's interest in the war. Many publicized real or imagined associations with the military. Williams' Shaving Stick was "the favorite with the Army and Navy." Royal Baking Powder was "specially selected for use in both the Army and Navy." Supporting the war effort, the Prudential Insurance Company and New York Life Insurance Company announced that their present policy-holders could serve in the military without paying extra premiums. Proclaiming that "women are more patriotic than men," Silver Sheen Novelty Skirtings produced a new line of "Red, White and Blue Skirting." Waltham went for gift sales with the suggestion that "every American soldier and every American sailor should carry the best American watch." '

Stereoscopic Visions of War and Empire. 'Stereoscopic Visions of War and Empire is an interpretive archive of 3-D stereoscopic photographs of the Spanish-American and Philippine-American wars, the colonies acquired by the United States at the turn of the century, and other representations of imperialism and empires produced at the end of the nineteenth century and first decades of the twentieth. It is intended both to highlight the significance of stereoscopic photographs as a distinct popular medium that contributed to domestic debates about imperialism and to provide access to a diverse sample of stereoscopic images for those interested in pursuing further studies. In addition to more than 400 images housed at this site, it provides links to about 100 stereoviews of the wars and the presidents most closely associated with imperialism that are available elsewhere on the Web. '

The Cabildo. 'Welcome to the Cabildo, the site of the Louisiana Purchase Transfer ceremonies in 1803 and our State's most important historical building. Several important historical events took place within the Cabildo and it has been visited by five American Presidents ... '

New Orleans Cemetery & Voodoo Pages.

Haunted Houses in Louisiana.

Saints, Spirits, and Strangers: Masks from Malawi.

Thabiso Phokompe. South African artist.

Roman Villa and Mosaics, Sicily.

The Arch of Titus, Rome.

Portrait of a Roman.

Statue of the Emperor Octavian Augustus.

Dhratarastra, Guardian King of the East, a painting on hemp cloth, Korean.

Avalokiteshvara, a hanging scroll painting, Korean.

Commemorative Head of a Queen Mother, Benin.
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1st December
Exploring the Mandala. 'In Tibetan Buddhism, a mandala is an imaginary palace that is contemplated during meditation. Each object in the palace has significance, representing some aspect of wisdom or reminding the meditator of some guiding principle. Tradition dictates the shapes, sizes and colors of these objects. There are many different mandalas, each with different lessons to teach. Most mandalas contain a host of deities as well as inanimate objects ... '

IALHI Web Museum. 'The International Association of Labour History Institutions (IALHI), unites over one hundred libraries, archives and museums in the field of labour history. Many of these institutions hold large and important collections of visual materials: photos, posters, prints, flags, banners, historical objects and so on. This virtual exhibition shows a selection from these treasures: over one hundred items from twelve institutions. Together they form a chronicle of the labour movement around the world. The images and data have been entered in a database. You can search on date, subject, type of object, country, subject or institution ... '

Bob Masse's Rock Posters.

A Peep at the Pixies, or Legends of the West, 1854. English folklore.

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry. Including the fabulously ribald riddles from the Exeter Book.

Terry Cryer: Photographs. Jazz, and more.

International Institute of Social History: The Yiddish Collection.

Dead Presidents. Obituaries and graves.

B.C. Comic.

American Song-Poem Music Archives.

Vladimir Panian. Armenian artist, resident in Australia.

Michael Puya. Austrian artist.

Inta Goddard. Mixed media artist.

Lorna Vincent-Venter. Acrylic paintings.

The Vanishing Dances of Ladakh. ' "Here the land is dry, but Lamaruyu is wet with blessings," spoke the twenty-three year old reincarnate Bakula Rangdol Nyima Rinpoche. The Rinpoche looked out the window of his rooms atop the 1100 year old monastery, and smiled easily. All around him, the haunting Himalayan landscape played out its daily drama of color and power ... '

The Ch'am Masked Dance Festival of Tibet.

Masks of the Himalayas. 'Masks are used in Hinduism, Buddhism, and by the tribal groups of the Himalayas. Their primary function is for use in religious and theatrical dance. Tribal groups use masks in shamanistic healing and exorcism rituals ... '

Department of Homeland Security Logo Contest Entries.

The Minoan Snake Goddess.

Photographs of the 1904 World's Fair.

Photographs of the Mississippi River. 'Henry Peter Bosse (1844-1903) was a mapmaker and photographer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. From 1878 until his death, he worked on and around the Mississippi River, mapping it and documenting its transformation from an untamed waterway populated by steamboats to a dammed and channeled thoroughfare crisscrossed by railroad bridges ... '

India Revealed. 'Discover the ancient artistic heritage of India on this Virtual Gallery of Indian Sculpture. '
Gallery.

Islamic Architecture in India. 'The earliest Islamic monuments in India were often built by recycling material from earlier Jain or Hindu monuments. The Adhai-Din-Ka Jhompra of Ajmer which dates from the 12th C was built over the ruins of a Jain monastery/college that used to be a centre of Sanskrit learning during the reign of the Chauhans. However, the Shahi Mosque of Udaypur in Central India was built from original materials ... '

The Haiti-San Domingo Independence Society. 'The Haiti-Santo Domingo Independence Society grew out of concerns within both the Anti-Imperialist League and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) about the U.S. Marine occupations of those countries. Its officers and advisory committee included people from both organizations, and it was centered around The Nation, the progressive weekly owned and edited by Oswald Garrison Villard. It was founded in the fall of 1921 just as the Anti-Imperialist League was formally disbanding. Moorfield Storey, its chairman, was president of both the Anti-Imperialist League and the NAACP ... '

Art & Culture of the Incas. 'Around the year 1200 A.D. my ancestors, the Incas, came down from high in the Andes mountains to conquer the scattered tribes throughout the South American continent. They imposed their rule, their highly organized form of government and their spirituality on the weaker, less organized people of what is now Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and parts of Chile and Argentina.'
'The agricultural and organizational skills they brought down with them served them well. By conquering several weaker tribes and cultures, within 100 years they had built a powerful empire that spanned from northern Ecuador to Chile. The conquered tribes and the Incas possessed great skills in masonry, as their magnificent stone walls and buildings show. The Incas, like their ancestors were also gifted at pottery and metallurgy and this I want to share with you along with a some historical background in the next few pages.'

The Quechua Language. 'Quechua ("qheshwa") is an indigenous language of the Andean region, spoken today by approximately 13 million people in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Northern Chile, Argentina, and Southern Colombia. It was the official language of Tawantinsuyu, the Inca Empire. '

African American Dolls & Louisiana Character Dolls.

Gallery of Cajun History. Louisiana; online prints.

Hercules. 'The most popular of Greek heroes, Hercules (sometimes called "Herakles") was celebrated in stories, sculptures, paintings, and even in the geography of the ancient world ... '

Philadelphia Trees and Botanical Art in the Early 19th Century.

What Eyes Would Be... Microscopes from the Leidy Microscopical Society.

Photo Gallery: Mars.

Jason Swearing Eternal Affection to Medea.

The Capture of the Golden Fleece.

Time Unveiling Truth. Art.

Brass Plaque Showing the Oba of Benin with Attendants. 'There are over nine hundred plaques of this type in various museums in England, Europe and America. Many of the plaques now in The British Museum were collected during the British Punitive Expedition in 1897. They are thought to have been made in matching pairs and fixed to pillars in the Oba's palace in Benin City.'

Hokusai: The Bridge of the Brocade Sash.

Onoe Matsusuke in a Ghost Scene.
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