Here’s an awesome little piece of history:
Archaeologists in the Burnt City have discovered what appears to be an ancient prosthetic eye. What makes this discovery exceptionally awesome is the striking description of how the owner and her false eye would have appeared while she was still alive and blinking:
[The eye] has a hemispherical form and a diameter of just over 2.5 cm (1 inch). It consists of very light material, probably bitumen paste. The surface of the artificial eye is covered with a thin layer of gold, engraved with a central circle (representing the iris) and gold lines patterned like sun rays. The female remains found with the artificial eye was 1.82 m tall (6 feet), much taller than ordinary women of her time. On both sides of the eye are drilled tiny holes, through which a golden thread could hold the eyeball in place. Since microscopic research has shown that the eye socket showed clear imprints of the golden thread, the eyeball must have been worn during her lifetime. The woman’s skeleton has been dated to between 2900 and 2800 BCE.
So she was an extraordinarily tall woman walking around wearing an engraved golden eye patterned with rays like a tiny sun. What an awesome sight that must have been.
SOMEONE DRAW HER PLEASE
CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW AN ANCIENT CRAFTSMAN WAS PRESENTED WITH PEOPLE LOOKING FOR HELP TO NORMALIZE THEIR DISABILITY. AND THEN SAID ‘NAH FUCK THIS WE’RE GOING TO MAKE YOU LOOK BADASS.’
Watermelon and Palestinian flag:
"Because it was forbidden to raise the flag, Palestinians used to and still do, take watermelons and cut them in half and just raise them, showing the inside part. The watermelon contains the same colors as the Palestinian flag: red, white, green and black. This way, they have challenged the occupation and its unjust rules. The watermelon, this oval greenish fruit, became a strong symbol in the everyday life of Palestinians. Small and simple gestures can inflict huge outcomes. Small and simple gestures yet creative and smart. The occupier knew the strength of it, so they used to beat up people and merchants who carried or displayed watermelons cut in half."
Text written by Fahd El Hassan:
Yes, Israel did beat and arrest Palestinians for simply holding watermelons cut in half. It’s been known amongst Palestinians, and even documented but whenever I try and tell people they don’t believe me because Israel can’t be that tyrannical. Well it is true, and they are. You couldn’t even be an Artist painting a watermelon without the risk of being imprisoned.
Look and see for your self.
with all this extra stressin’
the question i wonder is after death, after my last breath
when will i finally get to rest? through this suppression
they punish the people that’s asking questions
and those that possess steal from the ones without possessions
the message i stress: to make it stop, study your lessons
don’t settle for less — even the genius ask his questions
be grateful for blessings
don’t ever change, keep your essence
the power is in the people and politics we address
always do your best
don’t let the pressure make you panic
and when you get stranded
and things don’t go the way you planned it
dreamin’ of riches, in a position of making a difference
politicians and hypocrites — they don’t wanna listen
if i’m insane, it’s the fame made a brother change
it wasn’t nothing like the game
it’s just me against the world
i know it seem hard sometimes but uhh
remember one thing:
through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that
so no matter how hard it get
stick your chest out,
keep your head up,
and handle it
6 year-old studies Philosophy, Math, and History at Oxford
Young, Gifted & Black Series
By Taki S. Raton
For those of you who may have taken a breath upon reading this headline, please be mindful that this feature is reflective of what has become a common norm for African American and global youth profiles in this particular Courier series.
He is young, gifted & Black. Joshua Bedford is now the youngest student to study at the University of Oxford. At the age of 6 in 2011, he earned over five Distinction Certificates in philosophy, mathematics and history.
As cited by his father, Knox Daniel in a contributing article on “10 Extraordinary Child Prodigies” in a January 11, 2012 posting of ODDEE, Joshua earned five distinctions at the Oxford, England campus and had additionally completed a master-class Research Project in Historical Enquiry on the Great Plague of 1665, earning him yet another Distinction. [Continue reading Joshua’s story.]
Destiny’s Child / Jumpin’ Jumpin’ (Vocals)
if you’ve never sat down and listened to Destiny’s Child isolated vocal tracks to admire their harmonies on their own you’re missing out on a life experience
Chino Otsuka : Imagine Finding Me
Chino Otsuka uses photography and video to explore the fluid relationship between the memory, time and photography. At age 10 she moved from Japan to the United Kingdom to attend school. Her experience of becoming familiar with a new place, a different language and new customs while she was developing her adolescent identity has profoundly shaped her work in photography, video and writing. Her series Imagine Finding Me consists of double self-portraits, with images of her present self beside her past self in various places she has visited. As Otsuka says: “The digital process becomes a tool, almost like a time machine, as I’m embarking on the journey to where I once belonged and at the same time becoming a tourist in my own history.” - via AGO
I am unexpectedly weepy looking at this.
gosh that’s… moving in a really gentle kind of “mother your inner child” way…
It’s so good that I ALMOST SCROLLED PAST IT because I assumed they were just regular pictures
Shouldn’t have taken that one-turned-three hour nap
Japanese Artist-Edo Period
Fragment of Namban Screen with representation of Amakusa Shiro (1620-1638)
Japan (c. 1680s)
Ink and Gold Leaf, 80.7 x 33.7cm.
Seattle Art Museum, Mrs. Thomas D. Stimson Memorial Collection.
I think I found my favorite Namban/Nanban Screen, and it’s only a fragment. But what a fragment! This screen includes both a Portuguese or Spanish carrack, and an amazing, heartfelt portrait of Amakusa Shirō, a teenage Christian martyr.
The cross he’s wearing, as well as the Elizabethan starched collar, show that he is a Christian, and he’s also holding a European musket chased with gold. I imagine he is gazing over the sea, symbolizing his journey into the next world, as well as implying the connection with Europe and his Catholic faith.
A translation of his story is available on Wikipedia as follows:
The son of former Konishi clan retainer Masuda Jinbei (益田 甚兵衛?) (according to some sources, Shirō may have been the illegitimate son of Toyotomi Hideyori), Shirō was born in modern-day Kami-Amakusa, Kumamoto in a Catholic family. The charismatic 15-year-old was known to his followers as “heaven’s messenger.” Miraculous powers were attributed to him.
Shiro led the defence of Hara Castle and defeated the strongest of the Shogunate attackers in a series of coordinated defensive surges. But, because the rebel force had no logistical support, their morale was seriously weakened in the following days. Shiro displayed posters in the castle in an attempt to enhance the morale of rebel force, saying “Now, those who accompany me in being besieged in this castle, will be my friends unto the next world.”
But a rebel soldier, Yamada Uemonsaku, betrayed Shiro and notified the Shogunate of the truth that rebel food supplies were becoming strained. The Shogunate forces performed a final assault, taking Hara Castle in the process. The Shogunate forces massacred almost 40,000 rebels, including women and children. Yamada, who previously betrayed his fellow rebels, was the only recorded survivor.
Shiro was executed in the aftermath of the fall, his head being displayed on a pike in Nagasaki for an extended period of time afterward as a warning to any other potential Christian rebels. His final words were: “I shall return after 100 years and take my revenge.” Even now, many Japanese Christians consider Shiro as a saint, but the Roman Catholic Church has not officially listed him as such.