Yemenite Jews in Tel Aviv, 1931.

Posted on фев 19,2013 · with 16 заметок · via vaderetroearthgirl (origin vaderetroearthgirl)
tagged #israel #middle east


An illustration from a Persian manuscript “A treatise on chess” The Ambassadors from India present the Chatrang to Khosrow I Anushirwan, “Immortal Soul”, King of Persia, 14th Century

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tagged #iran #middle east

but is this blog pretentious enough

Posted on дек 1,2012 · with Заметок: 0 ·


National Geographic 1999, Persian Gulf.

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tagged #iran #Geographic #MotherLand #National #Persian


Images from the series Ashura by Khosrow Hassanzadeh, 2000 (source)

”[…] Hassanzadeh has been firmly in touch with the colourful, artistic and extravert popular aspects of the religious culture of Iran; a sentiment which lies at the heart of his Ashura series. Continuing in the tradition of the saqqakhaneh artists, Hassanzadeh highlights a religious aesthetic which uses visual imagery as a means of public expression […] 

Hassanzadeh chooses the female form as the focal point of his composition[…] The present pieces are unique paintings, and are distinguished by their bold, scrolling calligraphy and talismanic symbols. In their veneration of femininity within a religious context, these are pieces which definitively encapsulates Hassanzadeh’s artistic agenda; one which pays tribute to the visual beauty of Persian culture whilst emphasizing the role of those which it often overlooks and neglects.” (adapted from here)

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tagged #iran #khosrow hassanzadeh #iranian artists


what’s the use of counting anymore? 

Posted on ноя 21,2012 · with 14 заметок · via politicalponders (origin politicalponders)
tagged #russia

I don’t want to have to write a paper on the Hound of the Baskervilles it’s a good book but really

Posted on ноя 21,2012 · with Заметок: 0 ·
tagged #text post


Coronation of the Two Romanov Children, Ivan V and Peter I, 1682.

Ivan and Peter were the sons of Tsar Alexei of Russia. Ivan and Peter became co-regents when their elder brother, Tsar Feodor III, died at just age twenty. Ivan’s reign was only formal, since he had serious physical and mental disabilities. Ivan had a close relationship with his half-brother, Peter. Initially, Ivan did not want to be Tsar, but was eventually persuaded. The brothers were crowned in the Cathedral of the Dormition as “dvoetsarstvenniki” (double tsars). 

During the last decade of his life, Ivan was completely overshadowed by the more energetic Peter. At the age of 27, he was described by foreign ambassadors as senile, paralytic, and almost blind. He died two years later, leaving Peter as the sole Tsar of Russia. Peter later became known as Peter the Great. Peter transformed the Tsardom of Russia to the Russian Empire and Russia became a major European power during his reign. He led a cultural revolution that replaced the traditionalist and medieval social and political system with a modern, scientific, Europe-oriented, and rationalist system. The new capital of the Empire, St. Petersburg, was named after his honor.

Posted on ноя 21,2012 · with 150 заметок · via historyofromanovs (origin historyofromanovs)
tagged #imperial russia

i made this blog so i could sound like a pretentious intellectual all i wanted but its just not working out

Posted on ноя 21,2012 · with Заметок: 0 ·

Deputy Gheorghe Ghimpu replaces the Soviet flag on the Parliament with the Moldovan flag, April 27, 1990.

Posted on ноя 21,2012 · with 1 заметка ·
tagged #moldova #moldovan #eastern europe