Bupinder Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala in India, accompanied by various Belgian Generals, visiting the Western Front, 1918

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Gold Crown Ornaments from the Baekje Kingdom (6th century AD)

The Tomb of King Muryeong the Great (in Gongju, South Chungcheong province, South Korea) is the only tomb from the Three Kingdoms period whose occupant has been definitively identified, thanks to a stone epitaph that recorded the names of the interred. The tomb is a brick structure with an arched ceiling that has an entrance corridor attached to the burial chamber. Numerous artefacts were found within this tomb, including gold crown ornaments, gilt-bronze shoes, and an inscribed bracelet. Thus far, 17 of these items have been deemed noteworthy enough to be designated as National Treasures. These artefacts have yielded a wealth of insight into the true nature of Baekje art, which was distinct from that of Goguryeo and Silla.

Two pairs of crown ornaments were found in the tomb, one pair each from the area where the heads of the deceased king and queen would have rested. This particular pair is from the queen’s side. They were made from a sheet of pure gold, which was cut into honeysuckle and flame patterns, representing Buddhist elements. Interestingly, unlike the king’s ornaments, these are not adorned with spangles and their decorative patterns are symmetrical. The centre of each ornament features a vase of flowers, placed upon a pedestal decorated with seven lotus petals.

Information taken from here and here.

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Palestinian boys pose for pictures as they play on the grounds of the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City on July 23, 2014. St. Porphyrios Church has thrown its doors open to hundreds of displaced Palestinians, some of the more than 140,000 who have fled their homes, according to the UN.

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A rectangular stone foundation document of the Assyrian king, Adad-Nirari I. It recounts the king’s victories over the Mitanni, who had failed to gain Hittite support, and the extension of Assyrian rule west to the Euphrates. The stone appears to have been intended for a palace that Adad-Nirari planned to be rebuilt in a Mitanni city but, if so, it never reached its destination.

21 centimetres long and 13 centimetres wide. Dating to the Middle-Assyrian era, 1305-1274 BCE. Excavated in ِthe ruins of Ashur, Iraq, in 1922.

Currently housed in the British Museum, London.


Andrew Johnson’s drunk Vice Presidential Inaugural Address, 4th of March, 1865

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan — to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." ~ Abraham Lincoln, from his 2nd Inaugural Address

“Even though I am a Dem … Dem … Democart, I have always been against sss … sss … sshhlavery! I was borned on a farm in Ttt … ten … a … sheee, hiccup! Now I want to reshtore the ooonion!” ~ Andrew Johnson, from his Vice Presidential Inaugural Address

In 1864, Abraham Lincoln had won his second term as President of the United States after a gruelling campaign against former General George C. McClellan, all of which occurred despite the American Civil War still raging on. For his second term, Lincoln chose the Tennessee Senator Andrew Johnson to replace his previous Vice President, Hannibal Hamlin, who had since retired.

On the trip to Washington D.C. Johnson was stricken with typhoid fever and was in pretty poor health. Back then the cure all for almost any illness was a hearty dose of alcohol, particularly whiskey (I myself knows people today who swear by a dose of corn whiskey for to clear up any chest cold!). Johnson thus downed several drinks. On the night before the inauguration, he fortified himself with yet more alcohol. The next morning, Johnson awoke still feeling the effects of typhoid fever as well as a terrible hangover. He asked for three more glasses of whiskey, which he drank straight.

Typically, the Vice Presidential Inaugural Address is a brief formality, about seven minutes long. Johnson rose, stumbled onto the podium red-faced and visibly intoxicated, and gave a seventeen minute long speech about his humble roots and his goals in politics. His speech was slurred, largely incoherent, and at several points Johnson would ramble about completely unrelated topics. Many of the Congressmen in attendance covered their face with their hands in shame, it was obvious too that President Lincoln was put off by his Johnson’s performance. Michigan Senator Zachariah Chandler wrote home to his wife. “I was never so mortified in my life, had I been able to find a hole I would have dropped through it out of sight.” Eventually, by the time that Johnson’s speech had been reduced to indecipherable babbling, former Vice President Hannibal tugged at Johnson’s coattails and helped him off the stage. 

Johnson was then sworn in as Vice President. Upon taking the Oath of Office he said in a loud and slurred voice, “I kiss this Book in the face of my nation the United States.”  He then kissed the Bible, nearly losing his balance in the process. It was then Johnson’s duty to swear in new Senators and Federal officials, but at this point he was too inebriated to do so. Instead the duty was performed by a Senate clerk.


Diplomatic Letter between Ancient Babylon and Egypt

This letter written in Akkadian cuneiform is addressed by the Babylonian king Burnaburiash, a Kassite, to the Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep IV (Akhenaten), the so-called “heretic Pharaoh” who tried to bring about the abandonment of traditional polytheistic worship in favour of worship centred on the god Aten. A number of such letters from the Late Bronze Age between the Great Powers of the Ancient Near East, including Babylonian, Assyrian, Mittanian, and Hittite kings and the Egyptian Pharaohs, provide some of the earliest glimpses into diplomatic correspondences and practices, such as gift-giving and political marriages. 

A collection of 382 cuneiform documents are known to have survived from this period of correspondence, for which the lingua franca was Akkadian. The documents, most of them letters written on clay tablets, were found at the Egyptian site of Tell Al-Amarna. (Source)

Tell Al-Amarna, Kassite Dynasty, c. 1359-1333 BCE.

British Museum.


A female medical orderly of the Red Army’s 1st Guards Cavalry Corps, 1942.


Troops of the 6th Regiment, US Marines, putting on gas mask during a gas alarm, 30th of April, 1918.


Jacopo Bassano’s The Circumcision, 1577


Guards Cuirassiers of the Second French Empire by Georges Scott from the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection.


The Last Judgment (detail), Stefan Lochner, circa 1435.

Oil and gold on oak panel. 124.5 × 174 cm.

The Wallraf-Richartz-Museum

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La Galleria Doria Pamphilj, Roma

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