The Enigma, 1871
Ladakh (meaning ‘land of the passes’) is a cold desert in the Northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is divided into the mainly Muslim Kargil district and the primarily Buddhist Leh district. The people of Ladakh have a rich folklore, some of which date back to the pre- Buddhist era.
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The Sphinx of the Seashore, 1879-80
Japanese Tanto Dagger
- Dated: Edo period, circa 1890
- Measurements: overall length 41 cm / 16 inches
Having a highly polished single-edged tapering blade with copper habachi, the dagger also features a hilt and scabbard decorated overall with fine cloisonné laid in fine copper-wire intertwining flower-heads and foliage. The pommel is in the form of a serpent with mother-of-pearl plaques and the bottom collar depicts turtles climbing from the ocean.
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The Opium Eater, 1913
N. C. Wyeth
The Palace of Fine Arts at the 1889 Worlds Exhibition, Paris
Fabrique en vanité, 18th c.
Today’s Classic: The Rape of Persephone by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1622)