At the excavations in Kerch found a two thousand year old statue
Archaeologists discovered during excavations of the ancient Mirmekysky settlement in Kerch a large marble statue about two thousand years old, which may indicate the existence of a large temple there.…

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Baroque
The term baroque has many meanings in the history of art. Among them are narrower, to designate artistic styles in the art of various countries of the XVII-XVIII centuries, or…

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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

What subjects from Russian museums are foreign states claim
On November 16, the State Museum Collections of Dresden (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, SKD) opened at once in several of their museums an exhibition with the philosophical name “Kunstbesitz. Kunstverlust. Objekte…

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Mannerism
Mannerism (Italian. Manierismo - pretentiousness, mannerism from maniera - method, method) is a name that tentatively denotes stylistic trends, as well as a certain stage in the development of European,…

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Antique firearms
The first primitive firearm existed in the 12th century, but only in the 17th century did guns and cannons become the main weapon on the battlefield. The French invention of…

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