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demonagerie:

Ulrich von Pottenstein: Cyrillusfabeln - BSB Cgm 254, [S.l.] Bayern, 1430
The hills have ears.
Aug 31, 2014 / 117 notes

demonagerie:

Ulrich von Pottenstein: Cyrillusfabeln - BSB Cgm 254, [S.l.] Bayern, 1430

The hills have ears.

Aug 30, 2014 / 877 notes

ancientart:

A quick look at: Mictlantecuhtli, the Aztec god of death and lord of the underworld.

Mictlantecuhtli was believed to live in Mictlan, the cold, damp and gloomy underworld of the Aztecs, or lower part of the cosmos, where the remains of humans were kept.

This Templo Mayor Museum figure of Mictlantecuhtli, which is perhaps one of the most famous representations of the god, was found in the House of Eagles. Here he wears a loincloth, and stands grinning. Some have suggested that this grin of Mictlantecuhtli, who once harassed Quetzalcoatl on his journey to the underworld, may suggest his desire to torment. His claw-like hands are posed, as though ready to attack someone.

The holes on his scalp would have once been filled with black, wavy hair -which the Aztecs associated with chaos. Parts of his flesh has been teared off, and his liver falls from his chest cavity. This organ was connected to Mictlan, and housed the Ihiyotl soul (see Aguilar-Moreno 2007, chapter 7). Recent residue analysis has found traces of human blood on the statue. 

Artefact courtesy of the Museum of the Templo Mayor, Mexico City. Photos taken by Travis: oosik.

Recommended reading: Handbook to Life in the Aztec World (Oxford University Press, 2007) by Manuel Aguilar-Moreno. This is a very good overview and introduction to the Aztec culture, and expands on many of the points I briefly mentioned here.

Aug 19, 2014 / 1,762 notes

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discardingimages:

the Sun and the MoonMuḥammad ibn Maḥmūd Ṭūsī, ʿAjāyib al-makhlūqāt va-gharāyib al-mawjūdāt, Turkey 16th century.
Baltimore, Walters, Ms. W.593, fol. 34b
Aug 19, 2014 / 118 notes

discardingimages:

the Sun and the Moon

Muḥammad ibn Maḥmūd Ṭūsī, ʿAjāyib al-makhlūqāt va-gharāyib al-mawjūdāt, Turkey 16th century.

Baltimore, Walters, Ms. W.593, fol. 34b

discardingimages:

wound man 
Pseudo-Galenus, Anathomia, England 15th century.
London, Wellcome Library, MS.290, fol. 53v
Aug 7, 2014 / 471 notes

discardingimages:

wound man

Pseudo-Galenus, Anathomia, England 15th century.

London, Wellcome Library, MS.290, fol. 53v

a-pattern-a-day:

Zebra clothing :)
Aug 4, 2014 / 341 notes

a-pattern-a-day:

Zebra clothing :)

Blueberry
Aug 3, 2014

Blueberry

Aug 2, 2014 / 85 notes

throughjo:

it must be heaven…

Mi Casa, Your Casa by Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena [(http://www.contemporist.com)]

Jun 17, 2014 / 8 notes

2014年6月17日(火) イスラムカリグラフィー

tonbo-shincho-nakamura:

書道は漢字だけの文化ではありません。ヨーロッパにはカリグラフィーが、イスラム圏にはアラビア書道があります。なかでもイスラム教は、偶像崇拝が禁止されているため文字でその教えを表現します。そのため書道が盛んになり、造形的にも美しいカリグラフィーが発展したのだそうです。

May 28, 2014

atliar in Sakai Japan