1. wikoni:

    Caroline Trentini for Vogue | Photo: David Sims

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  2. archatlas:

    Water Mill Residence Andrew Berman Architect 

    "This waterfront house was designed for a family of three generations. The house is sited on the property so as to organize the space around it into a series of distinct exterior rooms; an entry court, a sports field, a shaded courtyard, and a pool terrace."

     
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  4. oiran-geisha:

    Katsuru:

    Ah, Katsuru… The star of Kamischiken. She is a great dancer and charming lady. So!

    She begin her geisha life in the Daimonji okiya the 15 February 2007. Her name means “Victorious lapis lazuli” (Information here) I think it’s a really beautiful name! Her One-san is the geiko Katsuya, them seems to have a truly sister relationship. She become very quickly the star of her district. It’s surprising because she have a really short maiko career! Just two years! She is a very emotive girl and she cry frequently during her maiko career. I think it’s for a difficult to learn all of skills in two years while normaly the maiko have five years.

    The 28 August 2010 she become a geiko. I think it’s a important step on her life. She have a little sister two years after her erikae. Her little sister is the cheerful Katsuna. Them forms a really cute pair! She seems to be good friends with her “little sister”, Ichimomo, Naokazu, Naosome, Ichiteru and Umeha. I think she is a really friendly lady.

    Katsuru take her retire on this year… I miss her so much for her sweet smile…

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  6. geisha-kai:

    A geiko and her dog named Chiro by HOHAKA - blog

     
  7. fuckyeahyoga:

    Instagram - @keepcalmandshavasana

     
  8. deusperfectionis:

    Conchita Wurst and Karl Lagarfield

     
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  10. chandigarhia:

    please unmute this vine

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  11. ancientart:

    "They take first a crooked piece of iron, and with it draw out the brain through the nostrils, thus getting rid of a portion, while the skull is cleared of the rest by rinsing with drugs; next they make a cut along the flank with a sharp Ethiopian stone, and take out the whole contents of the abdomen, which they then cleanse, washing it thoroughly with palm wine, and again frequently with an infusion of pounded aromatics…" -Greek historian Herodotus describes the process of mummification in Egypt (trans. Rawlinson).

    Shown here is an extraordinarily well preserved Egyptian mummy at the Louvre. This man lived during the Ptolemaic Period, and his name can be read as either Nenu or Pachery. The body has been sophisticatedly wrapped in strips of linen, and the mummy is covered with a cartonnage. Included here is a mask, an apron across the legs, and a collar over the chest.

    Rigault Patricia from the Louvre provides the below description. This is only a section of the full write-up, you can read the rest here if you wish.

    A body preserved for eternity

    Not everyone in ancient Egypt had access to the funerary practices that ensured eternal life, and many people had to settle for a simple pit in the desert and a few modest offerings. For the more fortunate, preserving body provided an additional guarantee of survival in the afterlife. It offered a new support for the various elements of the living being that were dispersed at the time of death. Although the earliest mummies were little more than bodies wrapped in linen strips dipped in resin, more sophisticated methods soon developed; mummification procedures were highly perfected by the New Kingdom.

    Although the number of mummies increased from this period on, the quality of the work tended to decrease. Nevertheless, mummies from the Greco-Roman period are often remarkable for the highly subtle designs formed by the interwoven linen strips. Depending on the period, a mummy could be covered a clothing, a net of beads, a mask, or a decorated wooden plank or cartonnage. During the Ptolemaic Period, various cartonnage elements were arranged on the mummy before it was placed in the coffin. 

    Courtesy of & currently at the Louvre, France, N 2627. Photos by: Massimo Palmieri (1), Yann Caradec (2 & 3, cropped), and Oleg Ы (4).

     
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  14. science-junkie:

    Cats’ pupils

    It’s always challenging to establish with precision the reason for an evolutionary adaptation. I can answer this question with a well-supported theory, but the exceptions are not lacking.

    Generally, the eyes of nocturnal animals —like small cats— have multifocal lenses that allows them to increase contrast and depth of field in low light conditions. A circular pupil, contracting to protect the eye against bright light, would interfere with this type of structure (the iris shades the peripheral zones of the lens) leading to the loss of well-focused images. The slit pupils, therefore, may have developed in association with multifocal optical systems because more effective. 

    Vice versa, big cats are generally diurnal predators and they have monofocal eyes like us. So, their pupils tend to be circular because they are an adequate adaptation to monofocal optical systems.

    Asked by lorin-irena
    Images credit: Felipe Santana - fPat Murray

     
  15. archatlas:

    HS Quinta da Baronez Studio Arthur Casas