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Prehistoric collection
Oval bowl made of rock crystal, with an open spout and a handle in the form of a duck’s head. It is a true masterpiece of Minoan stonework, found in Grave O of Grave Circle B at Mycenae. Dated to the 16th century B.C.
Athens Archaeological Museum

Prehistoric collection

Oval bowl made of rock crystal, with an open spout and a handle in the form of a duck’s head. It is a true masterpiece of Minoan stonework, found in Grave O of Grave Circle B at Mycenae. Dated to the 16th century B.C.

Athens Archaeological Museum

ivory wings

Mycenaean, 1600 BC

Athens Archaeological Museum

The Attainment of Perfect Knowledge (Siddha) by Mahavira’s Disciple Indrabhuti Gautama: Folio from a Kalpasutra Manuscript, Indian, 15th century

The night Mahavira died, his principal disciple reflected on his master’s passing and experienced enlightenment. Indrabhuti is dressed in the white robes of a Svetambara monk, carries a cloth face mask, or mohapatti (to prevent inadvertently swallowing even microscopic life forms), over his right shoulder, has a small broom (for harmlessly brushing away even the smallest insects) at his right thigh, and holds a meditation rosary (mala). He is seated on a throne before which blooms a red lotus. The trees are also in flower, as if in recognition of his newly attained siddha-hood.

The Attainment of Perfect Knowledge (Siddha) by Mahavira’s Disciple Indrabhuti Gautama: Folio from a Kalpasutra Manuscript, Indian, 15th century

The night Mahavira died, his principal disciple reflected on his master’s passing and experienced enlightenment. Indrabhuti is dressed in the white robes of a Svetambara monk, carries a cloth face mask, or mohapatti (to prevent inadvertently swallowing even microscopic life forms), over his right shoulder, has a small broom (for harmlessly brushing away even the smallest insects) at his right thigh, and holds a meditation rosary (mala). He is seated on a throne before which blooms a red lotus. The trees are also in flower, as if in recognition of his newly attained siddha-hood.

John Luther Adams: Songbirdsong

I. Wood Thrush
II. Morningfieldsong
III. Meadowdance
IV. August Voices
V. Mourning Dove
VI. Apple Blossom Round
VII. Not-quitespringdawn
VIII. Joyful Noise
IX. Evensong

siren
Athens Archaeological Museum
Athens 2014, fourteenth

siren

Athens Archaeological Museum

Athens 2014, fourteenth

Siren, 4th century B.C
Athens Archaeological Museum
2014, fourteenth

Siren, 4th century B.C

Athens Archaeological Museum

2014, fourteenth

A lady plucking leaves, illustrating the musical mode Gunakali Ragini.17th century © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

As if inquiring “he loves me, he loves me not”, a lovelorn lady picks leaves from the creeper around a tree growing in a vase. This illustration of the musical mode Gunakali is from the Ragamala series.

A lady plucking leaves, illustrating the musical mode Gunakali Ragini.17th century © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

As if inquiring “he loves me, he loves me not”, a lovelorn lady picks leaves from the creeper around a tree growing in a vase. This illustration of the musical mode Gunakali is from the Ragamala series.

fragment of tile with phoenix
Iran, late 13th century 
© Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

fragment of tile with phoenix
Iran, late 13th century
© Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Base fragment of a bowl with bird (top). 
Egypt, 15th century

© Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Base fragment of a bowl with bird (top).
Egypt, 15th century

© Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford