Wooden serving dish, Eskimo, from south-west Alaska. Artist: Werner Forman
Wooden serving dish, Eskimo, from south-west Alaska. A dish which would probably have been used during ceremonial feasts. The handles are in the form of masked human heads. The basin is decorated with a mythological design and the rim is enhanced with ivory inlaid beads. From the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.
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Sergius Orata and other Romans, 1473-1480.Artist: Francois Fouquet
Sergius Orata and other Romans, 1473-1480. Sergius Orata pointing to the hanging baths (balneae pensiles) invented by him; Sergius Orata inspecting his artificial preserves for sea-fish; the profligate son of Aesop the tragedian feasting on priceless singing-birds; the Roman women pleading against the lex Oppia, enacted to restrain feminine luxury. From Les faits et les dis des romains et de autres gens, produced in Paris. Illustration from Illuminated Manuscripts in the British Museum, Miniatures, Borders, and Initials by George F Warner, series II, (British Museum, London, 1899).
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'The Adoration of the Golden Calf', late 1620s. Artist: Frans Francken II
'The Adoration of the Golden Calf', late 1620s. According to the Old Testament, the Golden Calf was an idol made by Aaron for the Israelites while Moses was away on Mount Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments from God. When Moses returned and witnessed their idolatry he became angry, smashed the tablets of stone on which the Ten Commandments were inscribed, and destroyed the idol. Found in the collection of the State A Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow.
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