Aphrodite or Venus – the goddess of love. Her name has become synonymous with Love and Beauty, and to this day, artists embody in them their idea of Beauty.
In ancient myths, the image of Aphrodite is not so romantic. According to one of the earlier versions, it came from the blood of the insulated Crown of Uranus, which fell into the sea and formed foam. This myth traces the primordial principle of Aphrodite, not so much the goddess of love, as the patroness of childbirth, the sea, eternal spring and life, which gives abundance. It is much more ancient than the god-ruler Zeus, it is the giver of life. Simultaneously with it, from the blood of Uranus, erinias and giants, personifying the terrible impulses of the unconscious, appeared. Continue reading
The history of weapons and other military subjects is for the most part a series of technical improvements in the means of killing or defending enemies. In addition, gunsmiths pursued another goal: to make weapons not only effective, but also beautiful, so that a rich client could boast of it by hanging, for example, on the wall. Indeed, aesthetic motifs were often more important than functional ones, and many weapons became purely decorative. Continue reading
Music boxes appeared in the second half of the XVIII century. in the Swiss canton of Jura, where they were made by watchmakers. The first mechanisms, in which the cams mounted on a rotating cylinder touched the teeth of a tempered steel comb, emitting sounds of the desired height, were part of a fighting clock or a jukebox. But by the beginning of the XIX century. they became independent tools that were placed in a wooden box and launched by lifting the lid. Continue reading