Ordered a couple prints today, one of this image included. Look for them towards the end of the month.
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Two Shield Bosses
Iron, gilt bronze
Holger Danske - He lives in the casemates at Kronborg Castle in Helsingør, Denmark
Zagros Mountains in Iran/Iraq.
The anisotropy, or directional asymmetry, of epidote causes the stone to appear different colors from different directions. The crystal structure bends light differently depending on the path, appearing to you as a color change.
This picture shows a bluish-green for the crystals on the left, and a more yellow-green on the right.
The Fukang Meteorite
Back in the year 2000, an incredible meteorite weighing 2,211 pounds was discovered near Fukang, a city located in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, China. Named the Funkang meteorite, it was identified as a pallasite, a type of stony–iron meteorite. With 4.5 billion years in the making, its golden olivine mixed with silvery nickel-iron to create a stunningly beautiful mosaic effect.Pallasites are extremely rare even among meteorites (only about 1% of all meteorites are this type) and Fukang has been hailed as one of the greatest meteorite discoveries of the 21st century.
It has since been divided into slices which give the effect of stained glass when the sun shines through them. It is so valuable that even tiny chunks sell in the region for $40 to $60 a gram. An anonymous collector holds the largest portion, which weighs 925 pounds.
Boarded cabin within the Wyre Forest, England.Submitted by Simon Winnal.
Head of a Hunting Spear, German or Austrian, circa 1425–50
Spearheads such as this one were used for hunting various types of large game, especially wild boar, deer, and bear. The protruding wings on either side of the base were intended to check the forward momentum of a charging animal, keeping it at a safe distance from the hunter. The fine brass inlay decorating the spearhead is a reminder that hunting was a favorite pastime of nobility during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art