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AN ETRUSCAN CARNELIAN SCARAB AND GOLD FINGER RING CIRCA LATE 5TH CENTURY B.C. The large beetle with a crosshatched plinth, well-defined legs and head, a hatched border to the thorax, and outlined elytra with corner V winglets, the underside engraved with Bellerophon and the Chimaera, the hero riding the winged horse Pegasus, a spear in his raised hand, the horse with a ring of beads around its neck, the Chimaera in the form of a lion with its head turned back,

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Archaeological excavations in the Central Anatolian province of Konya’s Çatalhöyük, headed by Professor Ian Hadder, have unearthed a well-preserved female figurine from the Neolithic era of 8,000-8,500 B.C.

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Sri Yantra - Ultimate of All Mystical Diagrams. Sri Yantra, the most powerful of all yantras. The number of yantras, each of which has a distinct form and mystic bearing of its own, is estimated to be around nine hundred sixty. An energy pattern and power diagram, a yantra is broadly a diagrammatic transform of the deity, Shakti and Shiva in particular; this representation of the yantra, however, has a correspondingly large body of text, rendered perhaps in pursuance to the practices of…

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from One Kings Lane

Asst. of 2 Relic Leaf Trays, Silver

from MadameNoire

9 Africans Who Define Royalty, Wealth and Power

King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu is not about suppressing the press or harassing adversaries. kaBhekuzulu’s title is largely symbolic—he is the reigning king of the Zulu nation under the traditional leadership clause of South Africa’s republican constitution.

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from Dwell

Diagrams that Changed City Planning

"Valley Section" by Patrick Geddes from 1909 offers a vision of not how a city might be laid out, but of what kind of work the land might offer. It's a naturalistic approach, though not one that has ultimately come to define large urban centers.