Cutlery set with coral, made in Italy in the late 16th century (source).
“This preciously decorated and extremely rare coral cutlery set from the late 1500s would have been only used on extraordinary occasions, such as a wedding, a knighting or a state visit. In the late Renaissance, the guests would typically bring their own cutlery to formal dinners. An expensively decorated cutlery set would have elicited the host’s and other guests’ admiration. Besides, coral was believed to be an antidote against poison. Therefore, in the view of its time this set of cutlery would have offered its bearer special protection during a meal at the table of a rival family or of an untrustworthy foreign ruler.” - from the MIA description
A miniature painting of Emperor Babur on the cover of ‘Babur Nama’ journal of Emperor Babur.
Calder by Matter. Publicity photograph for Pierre Matisse of Calder in his storefront studio, New York, 1936. View on Vertical Constellation with Yellow Bone. Calder with the mobile commission for the Hotel Avila Ballroom in Caracas, Venezuela, 1941. All photos by his close friend Herbert Matter. © 2013 Calder Foundation, New York
Pam waking up from his nap in the kitchen garden. Work in progress. The strange looking tool is called a Grelinette. I allows one to aerate the soil without putting everything upside down.
Serpent Mound - Ohio, USA
The figure of a giant snake, apparently uncoiling itself, was excavated in the late 19th century. The massive serpent is nearly a quarter-mile long. Recent carbon-dating research suggests the Fort Ancient culture built the monument roughly 900 years ago.
The serpent’s body is made of raised berms of grassy earth that weave across a plateau. On the summer solstice, the setting sun aligns with the snake’s head.
The earthwork is now surrounded by a park that offers beautiful hikes through leafy forests, beside creeks and along rocky cliffs.
(via: OurAmazingPlanet) (photo: dreamstime)