Tag Archives: 17th Century

17th Century: The Favorite Sounds of Finn

Binn sin, a luin Doire an Chairn! ní chuala mé i n-aird san bhith ceól ba binne ná do cheól agus tú fá bhun do nid. Aoincheól is binne fán mbith,— mairg nách éisteann ris go fóil, a mhic Arphluinn … Continue reading

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1649: Descartes’s Wooden Daughter

When Descartes resided in Holland, with great labour and industry he made a female Automaton—which occasioned some wicked wits to publish that he had an illegitimate daughter, named Franchine—to prove demonstratively that beasts have no souls, and that they are … Continue reading

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1625: More Crows

Screen by an anonymous artist; Japan, c. 1625-50.

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1618: Helmet

Nagasone Tojiro Mitsumasa: Helmet in the form of a sea conch shell (1618) (source)

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17th Century: Manual

Tantric Hindu Ritual Manual: Nepal, 17th Century (source)

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1865: The Master Is Dead, the Master Is Dead

A North German custom and superstition is, that if the master of the house dies, a person must go to the Beehive, knock, and repeat these words: “The master is dead, the master is dead,” else the Bees will fly … Continue reading

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1607: Book of Kings

Muhammad ibn Mulla mir al-Husaini al-Ustadi: Illustration from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Abu’l Qasim Firdausi (1605–7)

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