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wiscohisto:

Hardanger fiddle with lion’s head, carved by Martin Cliff, Blue Mounds, Dane County, Wisconsin, 1895.

The Hardanger fiddle is a traditional Norwegian musical instrument with eight strings.

via: Mount Horeb Area Historical Society by way of Wisconsin Decorative Arts Database

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onceuponatown:

Ferris wheel at the Chicago World’s Fair. 1893.

onceuponatown:

Ferris wheel at the Chicago World’s Fair. 1893.

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thecivilwarparlor:

Civil War Dominos & Playing Cards

Soldiers Playing Cards In Camp (Library of Congress)

During the war, soldiers enjoyed many idle hours in camp. Time was spent in repairing uniforms, writing letters, guard duty, fatigue duty, spiritual activities, and engaging in other pursuits, such as playing cards and dominos. It was common for soldiers to carry cards and dominos in their haversacks, knapsacks or pockets.

Playing cards of the period were plain, lacking numbers and markings on the face cards. Dominos were made of various materials including wood, bone and ivory.

Gambling and card playing were condemned by many chaplains on both sides as a violation of the Christian faith. Aided by families at home, chaplains and religious leaders tried to convince soldiers to end the practice. Some men took such persuasion to heart and divested themselves of their cards; others threw decks of cards away as they marched into battle, only to retrieve them later. Undoubtedly, many soldiers carried both playing cards and Bibles, a representation of the on-going battle in their minds between the sacred and secular worlds.

Image Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield; WICR 30417 & 30433 Springfield-Greene County Library System

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ancientpeoples:

Gold diadem of twisted ribbons with a Herakles knot
Greek
c.300-280 BCSaid to be from the island of Mílos, Aegean Sea
Marking a moment of transition
This unusual and lovely diadem is made up of three long sheets of gold twisted to form ribbons on each side of a Herakles knot. The Herakles knot is found in Greek jewellery from the Mycenaean period, but became particularly popular in the fourth century BC. Its symbolism is closely connected with marriage, and the knot that tied the bride’s garment and was untied by the groom. In many cultures the tying or untying of knots marks moments of transition, whether from maiden to married woman or even from life to death. The untying of knots is also connected with the easing of childbirth.
Source: British Museum

ancientpeoples:

Gold diadem of twisted ribbons with a Herakles knot

Greek

c.300-280 BC
Said to be from the island of Mílos, Aegean Sea

Marking a moment of transition

This unusual and lovely diadem is made up of three long sheets of gold twisted to form ribbons on each side of a Herakles knot. The Herakles knot is found in Greek jewellery from the Mycenaean period, but became particularly popular in the fourth century BC. Its symbolism is closely connected with marriage, and the knot that tied the bride’s garment and was untied by the groom. In many cultures the tying or untying of knots marks moments of transition, whether from maiden to married woman or even from life to death. The untying of knots is also connected with the easing of childbirth.

Source: British Museum

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tangledwing:

Cape Honeysuckle (Tecomaria Capensis).A good garden plant to attract hummingbirds.

tangledwing:

Cape Honeysuckle (Tecomaria Capensis).A good garden plant to attract hummingbirds.

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ravensquiffles:

Silk gown
c. 1900
Goldstein Museum of Design

ravensquiffles:

Silk gown

c. 1900

Goldstein Museum of Design

(Source: collection.goldstein.design.umn.edu)

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kisapele: White Peacocks by Jessie Arms Botke (1883-1971)

 

kisapele: White Peacocks by Jessie Arms Botke (1883-1971)

 

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hierarchical-aestheticism:

Gustav Gurschner of Austria Lamp, early 1900’s

hierarchical-aestheticism:

Gustav Gurschner of Austria Lamp, early 1900’s

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books0977:

Camille Claudel in her workshop (1887).
In 1884, a year after her first exhibiton she became a trainee under Rodin. Her roles would also include his assistant, muse, model and confidante. In 1885 Camille became an official collaborator of Rodin’s and with her friend Jessie worked in his studio. During her time with Rodin she helped him complete such pieces as Burghers of Calais in 1895 and Gates of Hell, 1900.

books0977:

Camille Claudel in her workshop (1887).

In 1884, a year after her first exhibiton she became a trainee under Rodin. Her roles would also include his assistant, muse, model and confidante. In 1885 Camille became an official collaborator of Rodin’s and with her friend Jessie worked in his studio. During her time with Rodin she helped him complete such pieces as Burghers of Calais in 1895 and Gates of Hell, 1900.

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