Discussion in 'photography, graphics & art' started by ringo, Apr 16, 2015.
2000 year old Roman child's sock. British Museum.
See it has separate big toe like Japanese ones. Love seeing these rare textile survivals. Wasn't one of the Vindolanda letters from a Roman squaddie asking to be sent socks from home? Clearly not bothered about being seen in 'em and sandals.
ETA Thinking about it, must have been the other way, a letter accompanying a gift of socks from home, and here it is: h2g2 - The Vindolanda Tablets - 'Send More Socks' - Edited Entry
It could have been the fashion for centuries and we might never know. I think Jesus preferred those separate toe socks with his sandals.
note that its just the one sock. Theres where all the missing ones go, they go to the future
So are they woven? I seem to recall knitting isn't invented until the late medieval period, but these look like they might be knitted.
ETA Looking at wiki: History of knitting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia seems it might be some version of nålebinding, sort of a basic one needle version.
Dunno, but weaving was already very advanced by the time of the Romans, I've dug up hundreds of loom weights. I'd have thought knitting, or some sort of manual weaving, must have predated looms by a long way.
Look at these 4th century-odd Coptic socks off the Nalebinding page, them's some odd toes:
Weaving came from spinning, so it appears our ancestors went from manual sowing to loom weaving, perhaps without a manual technology in between. Or maybe, and most likely, we just haven't identified it yet.
Wish I had time to read the entire thread. My ongoing obsession is with Evolution of a Goddess and ancient beliefs represented in art.
Dama de Baza was found near a small town named Baza close to Granada. At the time she was thought to be the oldest example of 3D art.
Iberian sculpture | Wikiwand
Admired this at the weekend at the natural History Museum.
Originally part of Sir Hans Sloane’s collection, this nautilus shell was carved by Johannes Belkien, a Dutch artist, in the late seventeenth century.
Sloane believed this carving, which approximates a mathematical Fibonacci spiral constructed according to the so-called golden ratio, improved on the animal’s natural perfection.
I really like the bronze cast replica they sell in their shop, but I don't have £600 for one, resembles late medieval Italian armour. It might work well upside down as a shoulder tattoo, possible without the cherubs.
Beautiful Italian parade armour from the Wallace Collection, London.
my best guess (as a sometime weaver) is that tablet or "backstrap" weaving most likely filled that gap.
Like this? It does look like it might fill the gap, nice one.
Golden Spiral: In geometry, a golden spiral is a logarithmic spiral whose growth factor is φ, the golden ratio. That is, a golden spiral gets wider (or further from its origin) by a factor of φ for every quarter turn it makes.
The Fibonacci sequence is named after Italian mathematician Fibonacci. His 1202 book Liber Abaci introduced the sequence to Western European mathematics, although the sequence had been described earlier in Indian mathematics. By modern convention, the sequence begins either with F0 = 0 or with F1 = 1. The Liber Abaci began the sequence with F1 = 1.
Fibonacci numbers are closely related to Lucas numbers in that they form a complementary pair of Lucas sequences and . They are intimately connected with the golden ratio; for example, the closest rational approximations to the ratio are 2/1, 3/2, 5/3, 8/5
I love the metalwork ringo
Here are a couple of my favourites from the V&A
An ornate lock
Detail from the Hereford screen
This is some tile work next to the cash machine at Lloyds on Fleet street, it has to be the most beautiful cash machine in London!
I love that lock, I've stood in front of it for ages before. Don't think I've seen those tiles, will have to go and find them
The recent BBC4 thing on the story of Scottish art ((The Story of Scottish Art - BBC Two) has some interesting archaic things I'd never heard of or seen ... some unusual Pictish stonework (they had a sophisticated and charming script of carved glyphs of animal/natural things, it wasn't all about the tattooing) and even older, some properly mysterious hand-grenade-sized objects which nobody can explain...
Ashmolean Museum: British Archaeology Collections - Carved Stone Balls
Carved Stone Balls - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Look at these:
Dozens and dozens of these have been found across Scotland - carved in various sorts of stone, almost perfectly spherical, dead old (technical term - late Neoloithic or early Bronze Age) and nobody knows what they're for. Too finely worked to be a prehistoric boules set; they're nearly all in good nick, meaning they probably weren't weapons either. There was some talk about them maybe representing particular clans or leaders, or being used for tanning skins, or being the 'talking ball' you had to hold if you wanted to speak in a public assembly. Who knows. But there are more of them (in many fascinating variations, loads of different stones, images in the telly doc above). Also, how did the 'primitive' people get so close to making perfect spheres?
I saw that, loved the one with closely spaced nodules like a curled up hedgehog. I'd seen pictures of them before but never film so until then I hadn't realised quite how fabulous and tactile they looked.
Because they weren't primitive
Exactly. Just because people didn't know how to work metal doesn't mean they didn't live in sophisticated societies, probably over hundreds of thousands of years.
markers to track wealth, money system the old school way
16th century Benin ivory 'Queen Mother' pendant mask, reportedly worn by the Oba (King of Benin)
That's lovely. I've got quite a few, I tried to get one from each community I went to in West Africa. I have one with cowrie shells and old pennies illustrating the different currencies before and after colonisation which is a favourite. Also got a massive one I call pigdog but he's in the loft because everyone else is scared of him
I'll try and remember to take some when I'm at home
The Story of Scottish art also featured this wonderful picture, which I recognised as being copied stylistically by the 1983 2000AD story of Celtic myths - Slaine The Horned God.
George Henry (1858–1943) and Edward Atkinson Hornel (1864–1933), The Druids Bringing in the Mistletoe. Oil on canvas, 1890.
The Druid painting is currently on loan the the British Museum as part of their Celtic art and identity exhibition:
My favourite dragon in London, its the Birch Dragon (or Griffon) outside the Royal Courts of Justice.
I walk past him almost every day and have named him Theodore
Also one of my favourite buildings
The St Mary Le Strand, one of the 2 'Island Churches' on the Strand... it really is very pretty.
Nice, I like London's caryatids, will find some pics
Caryatids in London.
St Pancras Church on Euston Road:
Caryatids Pathway at Stables Market in Camden Village:
44 Old Bond street:
The OP says 'cultural treasures' so I thought this would fit.
I'm not quite sure how they would prove it but the presence of a 'devil' character 6000 years ago is interesting.....
Fairy tale origins thousands of years old, researchers say - BBC News
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