Wooden statue of god Bes
The god Bes is actually a demon known for his protective qualities of women and small children. The statue is showing an action, making music on a tamborine. This is thought of as an evil-expelling action. He is also sticking out his tongue.
Egyptian, 18th dynasty, around 1300 BC.
Found in Akhmim, Egypt.
Source: British Museum
I often leave when tambourines are banged, and I’m not evil. Just cranky.
This map shows the town of Agloe, New York, which was first put on maps in the 1930s as a fake place name so that cartographers could see when their work was being plagiarized. Their plan backfired, though, when someone living in the area opened an Agloe General Store after seeing the name on a map, and their cartographic fiction became a reality. Read more here.
Madonna di Loreto
instead of worrying about how many followers you have, pretend that’s what year it is. 1942 followers? congratulations it’s world war II. 306? wow, constantine just became the leader of the roman empire. More than 2014? incredible you’re in the future
278: The Roman Empire is in the toilet. The emperor is this dude named Probus (who totally looks like Herc Hansen from Pacific Rim BTW).
281: also Probus, but the year he celebrated a triumph over the Vandals. Yay, Forces of Order!
Antonio Liozzi, The Translation of the Holy House with Saint Nicholas, 18th century
Spring Begins - Parco degle acquedotti on Flickr.
There really are some nice standing sections of aqueduct in Rome - the most extensive are at the Parco degli acquedotti. I needed to get out of the grey Centro for a little anyway.
General Noble Redwood Tree House, located on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Yes, the government had a tree house. It was put up to promote the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago and just … left there. Finally, almost forty years later, it was moved to Arlington. Having a huge tree house in front of the national monuments and museums was apparently not dignified. But it’s okay to have a merry-go-round?
Our Federal Government’s art policies have never made much sense.