medievalart
medievalart:

Ivory panel depicting a marriage between Byzantine princess Theophanu and young co-emperor Otto II in 972. Christ (=authority, legitimacy) is portrayed in the middle, but I just wonder who is crawling below Otto’s feet.
Otto died eleven years later and Theophanu reigned Holy Roman empire between 985 and 991 as an empress regent. 
She is also credited for introducing a fork to western Europe ;).
source: Clio [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons



The person under his feet is probably some king  or tribal leader he conquered; the the usual visual.

medievalart:

Ivory panel depicting a marriage between Byzantine princess Theophanu and young co-emperor Otto II in 972. Christ (=authority, legitimacy) is portrayed in the middle, but I just wonder who is crawling below Otto’s feet.

Otto died eleven years later and Theophanu reigned Holy Roman empire between 985 and 991 as an empress regent. 

She is also credited for introducing a fork to western Europe ;).

source: Clio [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The person under his feet is probably some king or tribal leader he conquered; the the usual visual.

ancientpeoples
ancientpeoples:

Limestone ancestor bust
These busts were used to contact the ancestors in the privacy of the private home. These statues were placed in niches inside the home and offerings could be made there to the ancestors. Because these ancestors were already in the afterlife, they could work on behalf of an individual who gave offerings. However, an upset ancestor could also make a decendent sick or give him or her bad fortune. 
Egyptian, New Kingdom, 19th dynasty, 1320 - 1237 BC. 
Probably from Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el Medina. 
Source: metropolitan Museum

Mother-in-law for all eternity.  And I thought the Christians had the Hell franchise.

ancientpeoples:

Limestone ancestor bust

These busts were used to contact the ancestors in the privacy of the private home. These statues were placed in niches inside the home and offerings could be made there to the ancestors. Because these ancestors were already in the afterlife, they could work on behalf of an individual who gave offerings. However, an upset ancestor could also make a decendent sick or give him or her bad fortune. 

Egyptian, New Kingdom, 19th dynasty, 1320 - 1237 BC. 

Probably from Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el Medina. 

Source: metropolitan Museum

Mother-in-law for all eternity. And I thought the Christians had the Hell franchise.

medievalart
eadfrith:

mmmmmmmmm Honey!!
Medieval Bee Hive from The Luttrell Psalter - folio 204v
Manuscript made in Lincolnshire, England, between 1320-1340 for Sir Geoffrey Luttrell.
British Library, Add. MS 42130; Images from the British Library manuscript pages.
http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_42130


I think the honeybee is our only domesticated insect; don’t know of any other.  Honey bees are not native to the America’s; they were called White Man flies”. They only go feral if their keeper neglects them.

eadfrith:

mmmmmmmmm Honey!!

Medieval Bee Hive from The Luttrell Psalter - folio 204v

Manuscript made in Lincolnshire, England, between 1320-1340 for Sir Geoffrey Luttrell.

British Library, Add. MS 42130; Images from the British Library manuscript pages.

http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_42130

I think the honeybee is our only domesticated insect; don’t know of any other. Honey bees are not native to the America’s; they were called White Man flies”. They only go feral if their keeper neglects them.

mediumaevum

mediumaevum:

This insanely gorgeous home has an amazing story behind it.

Fonthill was the home of the American archeologist and tile maker Henry Chapman Mercer, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Built between 1908 and 1912, it is an early example of poured-in-place concrete and features 44 rooms, over 200 windows, 18 fireplaces and 10 bathrooms. The interior was originally painted in pastel colors, but age and sunlight have all but eradicated any hint of the former hues. It contains much built-in furniture and is embellished with decorative tiles that Mercer made at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement. It is filled with an extensive collection of ceramics embedded in the concrete of the house, as well as other artifacts from his world travels, including cuneiform tablets discovered in Mesopotamia dating back to over 2300 BCE. The home also contains around 1,000 prints from Mercer’s extensive collection, as well as over six thousand books, almost all of which were annotated by Mercer himself.

More images (by Karl Graf)

This house is open to the public. There is also a museum of American crafts and a number of Churches with Tiffany stained glass windows. Doylestown,north of Philadelphia is worth a visit.

ancientpeoples
ancientpeoples:

Faience hippopotamus 
Hippopotami were feared by the Egyptians because these animals are very destructive and dangerous. By making these statues the Egyptian hoped to controle those dangers and keep them at bay. The lotusflowers painted on the animals are symbols of fertility and the marshes where hippo’s mostly stayed. The goddess Taweret is a pregnant hippo and was worshipped by pregnant women to protect their unborn child. 
Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 12th dynasty, 1960 - 1878 BC. 
Found in middle Egypt, Meir, Tomb of Senbi II
Source: Metropolitan Museum

This hippo is named William and was the icon for the Met’s Egyptian Collection. I have a copy.

ancientpeoples:

Faience hippopotamus 

Hippopotami were feared by the Egyptians because these animals are very destructive and dangerous. By making these statues the Egyptian hoped to controle those dangers and keep them at bay. The lotusflowers painted on the animals are symbols of fertility and the marshes where hippo’s mostly stayed. The goddess Taweret is a pregnant hippo and was worshipped by pregnant women to protect their unborn child. 

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 12th dynasty, 1960 - 1878 BC. 

Found in middle Egypt, Meir, Tomb of Senbi II

Source: Metropolitan Museum

This hippo is named William and was the icon for the Met’s Egyptian Collection. I have a copy.