Antique edged weapons
In the Middle Ages, cold steel had a symbolic meaning, which was reflected both in official documents and in literature and visual arts. There were many types of edged weapons.…

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Vintage fans
Fans appeared in the East at least 2000 years ago. Initially, the leaves of plants served as fans, the shape of which was later assumed by artificial fans. Their appearance…

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I am a cat, mother of life

In ancient Egypt, there was a very significant cult of the goddess – the cat Bastet (Bast), which was also considered the personification of the sun and moonlight. Goddess depicted as a maiden with a cat’s head or in the form of a lioness. Bastet was considered the daughter of Osiris and Isis. Prayers were dedicated to her: “She can bestow life and strength, all health and joy of the heart,” or “I am a cat, mother of life.” In her honor, cats were worshiped, they were mummified, a mouse was laid next to the cats, so that they could have something to do and eat in the afterlife. Continue reading

Antique edged weapons

In the Middle Ages, cold steel had a symbolic meaning, which was reflected both in official documents and in literature and visual arts. There were many types of edged weapons. Special hunting knives appeared, and under the influence of crooked Arab sabers, the appearance of European blades changed. Changed in the XVI century. fencing technique also influenced the development of cold weapons. Continue reading

Vintage fans

Fans appeared in the East at least 2000 years ago. Initially, the leaves of plants served as fans, the shape of which was later assumed by artificial fans. Their appearance and functions during this time changed radically. Initially, they had a purely practical purpose – to give coolness, fan the fire, drive away the flies. Only not so long ago, they acquired ritual and social significance. Continue reading

The history of the archaeological study of the Mayan cities
The first civilized people of America that the Spaniards encountered during the conquest of the lands of the western hemisphere were Maya. In 1517, on the rocky coast of Cape…

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Antique Dolls
Although dolls made of wood, terracotta, cloth and ivory have been preserved since ancient times of Greece and Rome, for most collectors the history of dolls begins in the XVIII…

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Near Sevastopol, archaeologists have found "Scythian gold"
Numerous gold and silver ornaments were found during the excavations of the unique necropolis of the late Roman time. Numerous gold and silver ornaments were found during the excavations of…

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