Edges of Empires
Still images. Moving images. Sounds. Texts.
Edges of Empires
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gobblins:

Monks
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magictransistor:

(Anonymus). Tonpa Shenrab Life Story. Rubin Museum of Art. 1800s.
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REALIDADE!
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democraticnonsense:

India. Kerala. 1996.
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pleoros:

Jared Fowler - Ile Du Nord, 2013
pleoros:

Jared Fowler - Ile Du Nord, 2013
pleoros:

Jared Fowler - Ile Du Nord, 2013
pleoros:

Jared Fowler - Ile Du Nord, 2013
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dig-image:

03-653 (by nick dewolf photo archive)
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mughalshit:

"Portrait" of Arjumand Banu Begum
India (Delhi), Mughal, c. 1820
Watercolors on ivory


A Company Painting is a picture made by an Indian artist for the British in India. This one is a portrait in watercolour on ivory. An unknown Delhi artist painted it in about 1830. It depicts Arjumand Banu Begum, better known as Mumtaz Mahal (‘Elect of the Palace’). She was the favourite wife of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. She died shortly after giving birth to her fourteenth child in 1631. The following year the emperor began work on the mausoleum that would house her body. The result was the world-famous Taj Mahal, situated by the River Jumna at Agra.
There are no contemporary portraits of Mumtaz Mahal. This imaginary picture is one of thousands that artists produced to satisfy a huge demand for images of Shah Jahan’s favourite. Painting on ivory in India has an ancient history. However, this kind of portrait painting did not develop on a large scale until the 18th century, as a result of British influence. Indian artists soon adjusted to the new technique of stippling (painting with small dots) and watercolour tinting instead of line-drawing and opaque colour. They still practice it today.
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malemodelsbeauty:

By Gian Paolo Barbieri
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afrikanattire:

life:

From deep in LIFE.com’s archives, some of the earliest photos of Egypt… 
Pictured: An Egyptian man leans through a small ornate window to hold his wife’s hand.   

Nubians (?)
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pakse:

I hope my blog will make you dream and travel !
 ღ Love Pakse ღ
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jeannepompadour:

 Karakoto of Chojiya on Parade by Hosoda Eishi, c. 1790
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nuyorc:

Carnival, Jacmel, Haiti 1985