Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Illustrations from Marvels of Things Created and Miraculous Aspects of Things Existing (Ajā’ib al-makhlūqāt wa-gharā’ib al-mawjūdāt - كتاب عجائب المخلوقات وغرائب الموجودات) by Zakarīyā’ ibn Muḥammad al-Qazwīnī, originally published in 1283.
Creatures from the Island of Zanj (jazirah-i Zanj)
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Another favorite was this amazing casket which was made in 1875 or 1876 for the famous R. & S. Garrard & Co., Crown Jewellers from 1843 until 2007. Donated by Mercedes Bass, this piece is made of Macassar ebony, silver-gilt and gorgeous shell cameos. Victorians, never known to skimp on the details, frequently bejeweled their possessions. Garrard must have ordered an enormous number of cameos from a Neopolitan workshop for this case.