Bronze figure of a seated cat
From Saqqara, EgyptLate Period, after 600 BC
The sacred representation of the goddess Bastet
The domesticated cat is probably associated more with ancient Egypt than any other culture in the world. This cat is a particularly fine example of the many statues of cats from ancient Egypt. It has gold rings, a silvered collar round its neck and a silver protective wedjat eye amulet.
The cat is mostly identified with the goddess Bastet, whose cult centre was at Bubastis in the Nile Delta. Bubastis became particularly important when its rulers became the kings of Egypt, forming the Twenty-second Dynasty, sometimes known as the ‘Libyan Dynasty’. The rise of the importance of Bastet and the cat can probably be dated to this period.
As with other creatures sacred to particular deities, it became very popular in the Late Period (661-332 BC) to bury mummies of cats in special cemeteries as a sign of devotion to the goddess. A number of cat cemeteries are known from Egypt. See, for example, a cat mummy dating to the first century AD from Abydos.
This sculpture is now known as the Gayer-Anderson cat, after its donor to The British Museum.

Bronze figure of a seated cat

From Saqqara, Egypt
Late Period, after 600 BC

The sacred representation of the goddess Bastet

The domesticated cat is probably associated more with ancient Egypt than any other culture in the world. This cat is a particularly fine example of the many statues of cats from ancient Egypt. It has gold rings, a silvered collar round its neck and a silver protective wedjat eye amulet.

The cat is mostly identified with the goddess Bastet, whose cult centre was at Bubastis in the Nile Delta. Bubastis became particularly important when its rulers became the kings of Egypt, forming the Twenty-second Dynasty, sometimes known as the ‘Libyan Dynasty’. The rise of the importance of Bastet and the cat can probably be dated to this period.

As with other creatures sacred to particular deities, it became very popular in the Late Period (661-332 BC) to bury mummies of cats in special cemeteries as a sign of devotion to the goddess. A number of cat cemeteries are known from Egypt. See, for example, a cat mummy dating to the first century AD from Abydos.

This sculpture is now known as the Gayer-Anderson cat, after its donor to The British Museum.

firsttimeuser:

NYC 1940s by Andreas Feininge
moonbutterfly:

This is lovely.

moonbutterfly:

This is lovely.

Artemis added:

PARIS (AP) — A retired French electrician and his wife have come forward with 271 undocumented, never-before-seen works by Pablo Picasso estimated to be worth at least 60 million euros ($79.35 million), an administrator of the artist’s estate said Monday.

The electrician, who once worked for Picasso, and his wife for years squirreled away the staggering trove — which is believed to be authentic — inside a trunk in the garage of their home on the French Riviera.

The cache, dating from the artist’s most creative period from 1900 to 1932, includes lithographs, portraits, watercolors, and sketches — plus nine Cubist collages said to be worth 40 million euros alone, according to French daily Liberation, which first reported Monday on the discovery…

book-aesthete:

POE, Edgar Allan. Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd., 1935. Quarto, original full vellum gilt.
Signed limited first edition, number 322 of 460 copies signed by illustrator Arthur Rackham. With twelve mounted color plates, seventeen black and white plates, numerous in-text drawings, and wonderfully frightening decorated endpapers. Included among the 25 Poe tales are such classics as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Purloined Letter. Without original slipcase. A fine copy, rare in this condition.
Illustration from The Pit and the Pendulum:

B-A Note: Many thanks to Mlle. Ghoul for sending me the link to this. It’s gorgeous!

book-aesthete:

POE, Edgar Allan. Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd., 1935. Quarto, original full vellum gilt.

Signed limited first edition, number 322 of 460 copies signed by illustrator Arthur Rackham. With twelve mounted color plates, seventeen black and white plates, numerous in-text drawings, and wonderfully frightening decorated endpapers. Included among the 25 Poe tales are such classics as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Purloined Letter. Without original slipcase. A fine copy, rare in this condition.

Illustration from The Pit and the Pendulum:

B-A Note: Many thanks to Mlle. Ghoul for sending me the link to this. It’s gorgeous!

2headedsnake:

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The Ancient of Days (1794) by William Blake

The Ancient of Days (1794) by William Blake

Satan Watching the Caresses of Adam and Eve
William Blake

Satan Watching the Caresses of Adam and Eve

William Blake

themargindiaries:

William Blake, frontispiece to the Song of Los, one of his epic poems about the decline of morality.  Cause he had more than one.  A whole series actually.

themargindiaries:

William Blake, frontispiece to the Song of Los, one of his epic poems about the decline of morality.  Cause he had more than one.  A whole series actually.

I Am Not Yours

I am not yours, not lost in you,
Not lost, although I long to be
Lost as a candle lit at noon,
Lost as a snowflake in the sea.

You love me, and I find you still
A spirit beautiful and bright,
Yet I am I, who long to be
Lost as a light is lost in light.

Oh plunge me deep in love — put out
My senses, leave me deaf and blind,
Swept by the tempest of your love,
A taper in a rushing wind.

Sara Teasdale