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Terracotta vase in the form of a bull, late Cypriot period (ca. 1450-1200 BC), Cypriot

Terracotta vase in the form of a bull, late Cypriot period (ca. 1450-1200 BC), Cypriot

Paris 1730

Paris 1730

John Grade

John Grade

A Dream of Fair Women by Lord Alfred Tennyson. Sangorski & Sutcliffe, Bindery. "blocked in gilt in an elaborate and detailed floral design with red onlays and inset with 5 garnet cabochons and 6 turquoise cabochons"  Rare Edition, Illuminated Manuscript, Bejeweled Book, Beautiful Book Binding, Art,

A Dream of Fair Women by Lord Alfred Tennyson. Sangorski & Sutcliffe, Bindery. "blocked in gilt in an elaborate and detailed floral design with red onlays and inset with 5 garnet cabochons and 6 turquoise cabochons" Rare Edition, Illuminated Manuscript, Bejeweled Book, Beautiful Book Binding, Art,

In the late Middle Ages a type of portable book evolved that we call a girdle book, implying that it could be carried tucked into a girdle or belt. With the founding of mendicant religious orders like the Franciscans, and with the increasing interest in pilgrimages, there came a need for portable books of personal devotion such as breviaries and prayerbooks.

In the late Middle Ages a type of portable book evolved that we call a girdle book, implying that it could be carried tucked into a girdle or belt. With the founding of mendicant religious orders like the Franciscans, and with the increasing interest in pilgrimages, there came a need for portable books of personal devotion such as breviaries and prayerbooks.

Fabergé pelican, 1915. Chalcedony with ruby eyes and gold feet.

Fabergé pelican, 1915. Chalcedony with ruby eyes and gold feet.

gorgeous book cover

gorgeous book cover

A Roman Army Knife. This tool, dating to the third century Roman Empire, includes a fork, a spoon, a pick, a spike (possibly for eating snails, a then-popular food), and a knife (folded down in this particular image). It is made of silver and iron.

A Roman Army Knife. This tool, dating to the third century Roman Empire, includes a fork, a spoon, a pick, a spike (possibly for eating snails, a then-popular food), and a knife (folded down in this particular image). It is made of silver and iron.

Split Apple Rock, Kaiteriteri,South Island, New Zealand

Split Apple Rock, Kaiteriteri,South Island, New Zealand

Yunluo ("Cloud Gong") | Chinese | Qing dynasty (1644-1911) | The Met

Yunluo ("Cloud Gong") | Chinese | Qing dynasty (1644-1911) | The Met