Artifacts of Material History

Artifacts of Material History

Chinese Jade: The Stone of Eternity

Chinese Qing Dynasty Jade ca. 1730-95, “Philosopher’s Repose” Jade Mountain (image public domain, courtesy of the British Museum, London) By Patrick Hunt –  Jade is well known globally as a stone with innate translucent beauty, lustrous and vibrant in many shades of mostly green, although lavender and orange hues also […]

Artifacts of Material History

The Farnese Atlas

By Alice Devine Wilson -  Wander into the enormous Roman sculpture galleries of the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, Italy and a strapping man carrying the weight of the world on his muscled shoulders may arrest your attention. In his crouched position on bended knee, his arms raised overhead to […]

Artifacts of Material History

Napoleon Superstar

by Andrea M. Gáldy, with Stefanie Fricke,  Sabrina Kessler, Felicitas Meifert-Menhard  War and Peace Bayerische Landesausstellung 2015  „Napoleon und Bayern“ 
 Ingolstadt Neues Schloss, Bayerisches Armeemuseum, 
Paradeplatz 4, 85049 Ingolstadt [Bavaria,Germany] 
30 April to 31. October 2015, every day 9.00 am to 6.00 pm Organisers: 
Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte (www.hdbg.de/napoleon/), Bayerisches […]

Artifacts of Material History

Egyptian Kingship and Animal Husbandry

By Patrick Hunt – What is the relationship between ancient Egyptian kingship and animal husbandry, specifically the practice of owning, tending and herding animals like cattle? Ancient cattle pens have been found in Nilotic contexts going back at least eight thousand years into the Neolithic, possibly the earliest examples of […]