'Tea bowl of earthenware, roughly hemispherical with rounded footring. Decorated outside with a crane in white slip, covered with bluish-grey and yellowish glazes, irregularly distributed. Kyoto, Japan, 19th century.' V&A Museum.
A quick look at: the Celtic carnyx, and accounts of their use from ancient sources.
"Their trumpets again are of a peculiar barbarian kind; they blow into them and produce a harsh sound which suits the tumult of war"
-Greek Historian Diodorus Siculus (60-30 BC), Histories, 5.30.
The carnyx was a type of bronze trumpet used between c. 200 BC and c. AD 200 in Iron Age Europe, primarily by the Iron Age Celts. They were styled in the shape of an animal’s head, such as that of an open-mouthed boar. The carnyx was used in warfare, spurring troops into battle, and intimidating opponents. The upright carriage of the instrument allowed its bellowing sound to be heard over those in battles or in ceremonies. Greek historian Polybius (c. 200–c. 118 BC) was so impressed by the Gallic army’s use of them battle, he wrote:
"There were countless trumpeters and horn blowers and since the whole army was shouting its war cries at the same time there was such a confused sound that the noise seemed to come not only from the trumpeters and the soldiers but also from the countryside which was joining in the echo."
The first image is of reconstructions of the Celtic carnyx at the Celtic Museum in Hallein, photo taken by Wolfgang Sauber.
Plaque: kneeling lion-headed figure, c. 18th century B.C., Old Assyrian Trading Colony
Anthropomorphic tombs in Quintanilla de Santa Gadea, Spain. Anthropomorphic tombs also called Olerdolanas, is the name given to the tombs dug into the rock of medieval times.
Limestone Cat Statue
Ancient Egypt, 26th Dynasty
Brown limestone seated cat, with a smaller cat seated in the front, on a base with hieroglyphs.
Cats were sacred to the ancient Egyptians because of their hostility towards snakes.
Cats were also the symbol and domestic pet of Bastet (Bast) and the sun god, Ra. The earliest Egyptian depiction of the cat took the form of three hieroglyph symbols, each representing seated cats. These formed part of the phrase ‘Lord of the City of Cats’ inscribed on a stone block from El-Lisht that may date as early as the reign of Pepy II, 2278-2184 BC. The Egyptian word for cat was the onomatopoeic term miw.
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