Dionysiac Scenes - Marble Relief from Herculaneum. Roman. second half of the 1st.century AD.
Japan’s cherry blossom stone is a natural wonder
Meet the cherry blossom stone from Japan - one of the most striking natural rock formations in the world.
by Bec Crew
So-called because when you crack them open, their internal cross-sections look like tiny golden-pink flowers, cherry blossom stones (sakura ishi in Japanese) get their beautiful patterns from mica, which is a commonly found silicate mineral known for its shiny, light-reflecting surface.
These flower patterns weren’t always made of mica. They started their existence as a complex matrix of six prism-shaped crystal deposits of a magnesium-iron-aluminium composite called cordierite, radiating out from a single dumbbell-shaped crystal made from a magnesium-aluminium-silicate composite called indialite in the centre.
Hosted inside a fine-grained type of rock called a hornfels - formed underground around 100 million years ago by the intense heat of molten lava - cherry blossom stones underwent a second significant metamorphosis in their geological lifespan when they were exposed to a type of hot water called hydrothermal fluids…
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images: John Rakovan et al.
Publication info London,J. Van Voorst,1851-58.
Ernst Mayr Library of the MCZ, Harvard University
Archaeological Museum of Brauron:
Artemis protector of children:
Maiden goddess Artemis protected newborn children and young women during labour, the most important moment of their life- childbirth mortality rates were pretty high for both infants and mothers. According to a version of the myth, when Artemis was young she assisted her mother Leto as she leaned on the trunk of a palm-tree to deliver her twin brother Apollo.
The numerous statuettes of girls and boys that were found in the sanctuary- dating at the 2nd half of the 4th century B.C- indicate that at this time Artemis mainly appears as a goddess of labour and child protector. That is why she is called Locheia and quite often she is also identified as Eileithya- goddess of confinement.
Parents dedicated statuettes of young children probably as thank-offerings either for a successful childbirth or children’s recovery from an illness. The aim of this dedication was to set the children under the constant supervision and protection of the goddess. Apart from their garments, women dedicated also the garments of their children to Artemis as well.
Besides a religious centre, the sanctuary functioned as a place of education as well. The children that served the goddess were trained to contribute to the well-being of society as active citizens.
The children here wear their everyday clothes- a chitor or a himation- and they hold in their hands an animal- rabbit or puppy-, a bird, or an object- possibly one of their favourite toys.
Wenceslas Hollar, The Three Furies, c. 1650.
To the left of the Silivrikapı Walls in Istanbul’s Fatih neighborhood, there lies a tomb from the fourth century A.D., which is now in ruins. Known as the Silivri Crypt, the tomb, which has been suffering since its discovery in 1988, is now in its worst state.
The Silivrikapı Crypt, which was…
ggwookie: Platypus - Ornithorhynchus anatinus
Ribbons and colors and gold, oh my!
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Inhabited Initial B, 1153, Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum.