Mechanical ivory dog, Egypt, ca. 1390–1353 BC.
This leaping hunting dog can be made to open and close its mouth using the lever beneath the chest. Originally secured by means of a thong tied through the hole in the back of its neck and two in the throat, the lever was later attached with a metal dowel in the right shoulder. When the mouth is opened, two teeth and a red tongue are visible.
This beaker is made from electrum, an alloy of gold and silver. Beakers made from precious metals were always used for one of two things, in rituals or for the elite. The decoration rim on this beaker are eight birds of prey facing upwards with spread wings. They are placed at regular intervals and provide enough space to be able to drink from the bowl.
Found in Bactria- Margiana archeology complex
Bronze Age, late 3rd to early 2nd millenium BC
Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Calf- bearer (Μοσχοφόρος), archaic period, Ancient Greek. Acropolis museum, Athens.
Finnish bears. Photographer Valtteri Mulkahainen
Done in the Nastiliq script
by Mir ‘Ali (d. 1556)
Safavid or Mughal periods - Iran
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
This quatrain by the celebrated Persian poet, Hafiz (died 1209) is written in nastaliq, a script developed in late fifteenth-century Iran. Because of its simple elegance and legibility, nastaliq became the ideal script for transcribing poetry in Iran, India, and Turkey, where Persian literary culture prevailed.
The calligraphy is signed by the most celebrated sixteenth-century Persian calligrapher, Mir Ali, whose work was greatly admired and avidly collected in Mughal India. To accentuate the beauty of Mir Ali’s script, Mughal patrons would often add lavish floral motifs to the calligraphy.
Glass Flowers, a truly astounding collection of glass plant models created by Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka from 1886 to 1936. They created nearly 4,400 models by hand out of glass with wire reinforcement. I could barely wrap my head around the time and skill that went into the collection. The models range across plant families and feature both actual size models as well as larger anatomical pieces.