Rogerley Mine cubed Fluorite Specimen
the reed flute (or karst) cave in guilin, southern china, was carved out of the karst limestone mountains over 180 million years ago from an underground river that has now settled into a lake. more than 70 ink inscriptions dating back to 792 ce can also be found inside the cave, which was left forgotten for a thousand years before being rediscovered in the 1940s by a group of refugees fleeing japanese troops. photos by james p. nelson, christian ortiz, jesse estes, adam allegro, filip m.a.
1) My Love is Like a Butterfly, 2013
2) Untitled, 2014
3) notes to self, 2013
4) A song I wrote to you ∮, 2013
Cuprite from Mexico
Василий Верещагин - Лама в костюме для религиозного танца “цам”. 1875
The kiss of death.
This astonishing sculpture forms part of Barcelona’s Poblenou Cemetery. The Kiss of Death (El Petó de la Mortin Catalan and El beso de la muerte in Spanish) dates back to 1930. A winged skeleton bestows a kiss on the lips of a handsome young man: is it ecstasy on his face or resignation? Little wonder the sculpture elicits strong and varying responses from whoever gazes upon it.
Rare Mexican Andradite
- Dated: circa 1800
- Place of Origin: Ceylon (Sri-Lanka)
- Measurements: overall length: 31.5in (800mm). Blade length: 25.5in (650mm)
The heavy bronze hilt is a rare mix of decoration and style found in two weapons from the same area: The Piah Kaetta daggers and the Kastane Swords from Ceylon. Nicely chased and chiselled, the hilt features a fire breathing ‘Makara’, a mythological Hindu creature.
The cross guard has extending quillions, very much like the Indian tulwar swords with some nice twisted rope decoration. The sword has a slender curved steel blade, with a hollow ground fuller, made for ‘Whites of London’, which is the oldest and most exclusive gentleman’s club in London, established in 1693 by an Italian immigrant named Francesco Bianco.
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