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March 03 2015

MerelyGifted
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Four Kneeling Statues of Smaller Size
Dynasty 18, joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III, (ca. 1473-1458 B.C.E.)
Granite, from Thebes, originally from Hatshepsut's temple at Deir el-Bahri; MMA excavations, 1922-23, 1926-27

"At least eight, perhaps up to twelve statues of Hatshepsut of this type are thought to have been placed along the last section of the processional way in the uppermost court of the temple. Hatshepsut is again represented kneeling, in this instance wearing the soft khat headcloth and presenting djed (endurance) symbols and nemset water jars, a combination of gifts that was part of the rituals around the procession of the boat-shaped ('barque') shrine in which the image of the god Amun was conveyed once a year across the river to rest overnight in the sanctuary of Hatshepsut's temple." (From the Metropolitan Museum, NYC info card)

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MerelyGifted
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Statuette of Hatshepsut; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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November 06 2014

00:58

dilfgod:

dilfgod:

people have been illegally dumping their old boats all around abandoned neighborhoods in detroit so this one newscaster on the local news station has been collecting them and finding out who the owners are by looking up the ID numbers on the boats and then she puts them on a flatbed truck and she brings them back to their owners wearing a fucking captain’s hat and she knocks on their doors and goes “hey we found your boat!”

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Ronnie Dahl rocketh!

June 16 2014

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In the wee small hours of the morning, 16th June 1816, Mary Shelley had a terrifying “waking dream” that inspired the creation of her novel Frankenstein. As she described it in her journal:

When I placed my head upon the pillow I did not sleep, nor could I be said to think. My imagination, unbidden, possessed and guided me, gifting the successive images that arose in my mind with a vividness far beyond the usual bounds of reverie.

The cause of this haunting reverie had been a discussion between Mary’s lover, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, his lover and half-sister Claire Clairmont (who was then pregnant with his child), and Byron’s doctor John Polidori. They had all traveled to spend a summer together at the Villa Diodati on the shores of Lake Geneva. Mary was the daughter of radical political philosophers Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin, and was the teenage lover of firebrand poet Shelley—with whom she had eloped to Switzerland to visit his friend and fellow poet, Lord Byron.

It was the year without summer, when the skies were grey with the volcanic ash that had erupted from Mount Tambora the previous year in the Dutch East Indies—it was the largest eruption in 1,300 years, and led to floods, food shortages, and cold, inclement weather across the world. A suitably ominous year for the birth of literature’s monstrous creation—Doctor Victor Frankenstein’s creature—the “Adam of [his] labors.”

Unable to spend time outside, the menage sat late into the evening reading ghost stories to each other. These were taken from Fantasmagoriana, an anthology of German and French horror tales. Then one evening by the flickering log fire, Byron suggested that each member of the group should produce their own tale of horror. This they did, mainly Gothic tales of ghosts and the undead. However, Doctor Polidori surprised the company with The Vampyre, which was eventually published in 1819, and is said to be the first of the vampire genre. But it was Mary Shelley—or Godwin as she was then—who had the greatest and most enduring literary success. …


Via my awesome BF & TODAY IN 1816, MARY SHELLEY FIRST DREAMT OF ‘FRANKENSTEIN’

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April 01 2014

MerelyGifted
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March 28 2014

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Portrait of Catherine II (astride!) her horse Brilliant, by Vigilius Eriksen, after 1762

Loose reins! Gotta love self-carriage - and spots! :)

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…I was delighted to see the portrait of Catherine [the Great] on [her horse Brilliant] by Vigilius Eriksen (detail only). …

Paris-London Pegasus

March 26 2014

MerelyGifted
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March 03 2014

MerelyGifted
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January 26 2014

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  FestivalOfHistory20080720_972 (by alx_chief)

January 14 2014

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lostsplendor:

Onna-Bugeisha: Japan, 19th Century (via Imgur)

“An onna-bugeisha (女武芸者) was a type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese upper class. Many wives, widows, daughters, and rebels answered the call of duty by engaging in battle, commonly alongside samurai men. They were members of the bushi(samurai) class in feudal Japan and were trained in the use of weapons to protect their household, family, and honor in times of war. They also represented a divergence from the traditional “housewife” role of the Japanese woman. They are sometimes mistakenly referred to as female samurai, although this is an oversimplification. Onna bugeisha were very important people in ancient Japan. Significant icons such as Empress JinguTomoe GozenNakano Takeko, and Hōjō Masako were all onna bugeisha who came to have a significant impact on Japan.” via Wikipedia

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laphamsquarterly:

“It is not precise to call Hatshepsut a queen, despite the English understanding of the word; once she took the throne, Hatshepsut could only be called a king. In the ancient Egyptian language, the word queen only existed in relation to a man, as the “king’s woman.” Once crowned, Hatshepsut served no man.”

We’ve got a brand-new essay on the kick-ass, cross-dressing Egyptian ruler Hatshepsut. Just don’t call her a queen.

January 13 2014

MerelyGifted
08:38

I just love Molly for doing that.
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January 11 2014

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lackyannie:

stuffmomnevertoldyou:

A rare photo of a female samurai — and visual inspiration for a Monday morning.

(via)

MULAN IS THAT U

Onna-bugeisha

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December 14 2013

MerelyGifted
09:04

December 11 2013

22:37

damngruchy:

supermassiveasshole:

i was teaching my grandma to use computer so we can talk on skype and such but today she went kinda mad at me because “i didnt show her the knitting programme” and i was like what

and it comes out she accidentally opened ms excel and found out its a great way to create knitting patterns

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my grandma is 82

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December 02 2013

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todaysdocument:

Police Report on Arrest of Rosa Parks

On December 1, 1955, during a typical evening rush hour in Montgomery, Alabama, a 42 year-old woman took a seat near the front of the bus on her way home from the Montgomery Fair department store where she worked as a seamstress. Refusing to yield her seat to a white passenger when instructed by the bus driver, police were called and she was arrested.

The police report shows that Rosa Parks was charged with “refusing to obey orders of bus driver.” According to the report, she was taken to the police station, where she was booked, fingerprinted, and briefly incarcerated.

The event touched off a 381-day boycott of the Montgomery, Alabama, bus system in which a 26-year-old unknown minister, Martin Luther King, Jr., emerged as the leader.

(more via DocsTeach)

September 16 2013

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retrogasm:

Skeletons aren’t so tough…

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