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Porphyry vessel with bearded masks. Roman, Early Imperial, 1st‒early 2nd century A.D. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sandro Botticelli, Idealized Portrait of a Lady, 1480

Detail of flowers from the Ghent Altarpiece (containing the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb), begun by Hubert van Eyck (who died in 1426) and completed by his younger brother Jan van Eyck in 1432.


Mughal Empress Nur Jahan


Piet Mondrian, Composition with Double Line (unfinished), 1934

Portrait of a Woman (detail) by Bruyn | 1539

Ram’s Head Dagger
India (likely Jaipur), Mughal, 18th or 19th century
Hilt: Gold, enameled and set with precious stones; kundan technique Blade: steel

Often tucked into a sash or horseman’s boot, daggers in Mughal India displayed the wealth and power of their owners. An intricately patterned ram’s head pommel adorns the hilt of this dagger, made in the kundan technique in which gems are set into malleable pure gold foil, allowing them to be arranged in any pattern or density over curved surfaces. In this dagger, pieces of quartz adorning the cross guard are surrounded by raised borders of gold which form the curved lines of a flower. The ram’s head is decorated with a floral scroll and is separated from the hilt grip by a quartz collar, also in the kundan method.

This dagger bears a striking resemblance to another dagger posted recently.

Artemide, Francesco Hayez 19th century

Karl Friedrich von Klöden, The solid and the liquid during rotation, 1824

(Source: bbf.dipf.de, via aubreylstallard)


Austin Osman Spare


Zacharias Heyns. Emblemata. 1625.