'Tou Mu, Goddess of the North Star', 1922. Creator: Unknown
'Tou Mu, Goddess of the North Star', 1922. Doumu, a goddess in Chinese religion and Taoism, the feminine aspect of Heaven, seen to possess many arms and three eyes which symbolise her power to see and accomplish many things, those seeking longevity often pray to her. From "Myths and Legends of China", by E. T. C. Werner. [George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London, Calcutta, Sydney, 1922]
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Angel painting a picture, 1947. Creator: Shirley Markham
Angel painting a picture, 1947. 'To illustrate "When Earth's last picture is painted", R Kipling'. Illustration to a poem by Rudyard Kipling. Painting done at age 16. Shirley Markham (1931-1999) studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Central School of Art in London from 1950-1952. The writer, artist, poet, and illustrator Mervyn Peake (1911-1968) was one of her tutors, and her style of drawing was also influenced by other British illustrators such as Edward Ardizzone, Quentin Blake and Edward Bawden. Markham spent time in the Dolomite Mountains in Italy, and also visited Rome, sketching classical buildings. After graduating from Central, she worked as a graphic designer, producing book illustrations, cartoons for comics, menus and programmes. She gave up her promising career however when she got married in 1957. Middle-class women at that time were expected to devote their energies to bringing up children and running the home, and despite her obvious talent, she lacked the confidence to return to illustration. Her portfolio remained in the family attic for many years, but now her work is published here for the first time.
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The three-level structure of Karo Batak houses corresponds to ideas of the cosmos
The three-level structure of Karo Batak houses corresponds to ideas of the cosmos. The lower space between the stilts where animals are kept is the underworld, the living area above is the Earth, the tall boat-shaped roof the abode of Gods and ancestors. Each communal house contains five or six family groups. Country of Origin: Indonesia. Culture: Karo Batak. Date/Period: 1968. Place of Origin: North of Lake Toba, North Sumatra. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ . Location: 04.
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