Hi followers.

Very, very sorry for the long hiatus. I’m afraid it’s still going as my exams are over the next couple of weeks. 

But it’ll be summer after that and then I can focus on bringing great content back to everyone

Thank you for being so patient!


Matchsafe, “Water Nymph and Horse”, ca. 1900

National Design Museum


DAVID, Jacques-Louis
The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis
Oil on canvas, 87 x 103 cm
Private collection


Medieval spam.


haha something lighthearted to cheer you all up on a Thursday :) 


St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, but also of many other countries across the world. He was born in in Roman Britain. When he was 16, he was captured by Irish pirates and taken to Ireland as a slave. Managing to escape, he returned to his native Britain only to become a priest and return to Ireland to spread Christianity. 

While the exact time he was present in Ireland is not without debate, it is generally accepted he was present there some time during the 5th Century. March 17th is the date of his death and therefore the date of the feast day. 

Many myths and legends surround Patrick. One of the most famous is the tale told to explain why there are no snakes in Ireland. Legend has it that St. Patrick used his staff to drive all the snakes into the sea, banishing them forever from the land.

Patrick kept a chronicles of his life in Ireland, parts of which still exist today.

Wherever you are from have a lovely St. Patrick’s day!

The Time Capsule



Members of a Salonica youth organization reenact a Macedonian battle, December 1930.
Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic


Egyptian and European excavators unearthed a collection of black granite statues depicting the ancient Egyptian lioness Goddess Sekhmet during their routine excavation at King Amenhotep III funerary temple in the Kom Al-Hittan area on the west bank of Luxor.

The statues depict the goddess Sekhmet in her usual form, sitting on the throne with a human body and lioness’s head.

“This is not the first time statues of the lioness goddess have been unearthed at Kom Al-Hittan,” said Mohamed Ibrahim, minister of state for antiquities adding that the Egyptian-European mission led by German Egyptologist Horig Sourouzian has previously unearthed 64 statues of Sekhmet of different shapes and sizes.

Ibrahim explained that such a large number highlights the important role of the goddess during the reign of the 18th dynasty king Amenhotep III, father of the monotheistic king Akhnaten and grandfather of the golden king Tutankhamun.

Sekhmet was believed to be a protective goddess as she was also the goddess of war and destruction. “Some Egyptologists,” pointed out Ibrahim, “believe that king Amenhotep constructed a large number of goddess Sekhmets in an attempt to cure him of a specific disease that he suffered during his reign.” Sekhmet was well known of her supposed ability to cure critical diseases.

Mansour Boreik, supervisor of Luxor antiquities, told Ahram online that the statues are very well preserved and each one is two metres tall. He continued saying that the newly discovered statues prove Amenhotep III’s funerary temple was once filled with Sekhmet statues of different sizes and shapes, similar to his temple on the east bank of Luxor, known as goddess Mut temple. This temple acted as a symbol of stability and prosperity during Amenhotep III’s reign.  

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Portraits of Two Young Englishmen

By Anthony van Dyck


Statue of a priest of Bastet covered in magical formulae

4th century BC

This statue, dedicated by a family of priests of Bastet, was placed in a public space. It represents a man holding a stele of “Horus on the Crocodiles.” According to ancient Egyptian belief, poisonous bites could be healed by drinking water that had been poured over the magical inscriptions on the statue and stele.

The Louvre



Something a little different, made with love:
Handmade Fine Silver rings with raw Diamonds and Leonardo’s handwriting - anchora speroand dimmi‘ - carved into the band. 

Want? - You can actually get these made to measure with a variety of stone choices, and they don’t cost the world, either. :)

Hello followers!

Today I’d just like to pinch a little of your time to bring to your attention the beautiful craft of this lovely lady. 

She does amazing historically-inspired jewellery, and she also runs the much loved leonardian blog. 

I’m  actually a proud owner of one of her beautiful Leonardo rings and have worn it every day. If you’re interested please do pay her a visit, she’s a lovely and very very talented lady :) 

TC x


Marble sculpture. Nereid (Sea nymph) mounted on a sea monster. 1st Century BC (copy of 4th Century BC Greek original). One of a pair, which probably stood on the roof of a temple.

Located in the Naples National Archaeological Museum.