alloftime




"You are not IN the universe, you ARE the universe, an intrinsic part of it. Ultimately you are not a person, but a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself. What an amazing miracle."
Eckhart Tolle (via ethereal-innocence)
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thehystericalsociety:

Diving - c. 1920s - (Via)
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ancientart:

Sumerian headdress, made of gold, lapis lazuli, carnelian, and dates to ca. 2600–2500 B.C.

Kings and nobles became increasingly powerful and independent of temple authority during the course of the Early Dynastic period (2900–2350 B.C.), although the success of a king’s reign was considered to depend on support from the gods. A striking measure of royal wealth was the cemetery in the city of Ur, in which sixteen royal tombs were excavated in the 1920s and 1930s by Sir Leonard Woolley. These tombs consisted of a vaulted burial chamber for the king or queen, an adjoining pit in which as many as seventy-four attendants were buried, and a ramp leading into the grave from the ground.
This delicate chaplet of gold leaves separated by lapis lazuli and carnelian beads adorned the forehead of one of the female attendants in the so-called King’s Grave. In addition, the entombed attendants wore necklaces of gold and lapis lazuli, gold hair ribbons, and silver hair rings. Since gold, silver, lapis, and carnelian are not found in Mesopotamia, the presence of these rich adornments in the royal tomb attests to the wealth of the Early Dynastic kings as well as to the existence of a complex system of trade that extended far beyond the Mesopotamian River valley. (met)

Courtesy of & currently located at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, via their online collections, 33.35.3.
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peira:

Edward Hopper:  Church in Eastham (1948)
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roendoosossos:

Elisee
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kelledia:

The Temple of Haeinsa on Mount Kaya is home to the Tripitaka Koreana,  the most complete collection of Buddhist texts in the world. These texts  were incredibly engraved on 80,000 wooden blocks nearly 800 years ago  during the Goryeo Dynasty, between the years 1237 and 1248.
Even though nearly 800 years have passed since being carved, the wooden blocks on which the texts are engraved are in  near perfect condition.
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arjuna-vallabha:

Nataraja lotus feet
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arjuna-vallabha:

Malabar beauty, Raja Ravi Varma
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