etsyfindoftheday | 9.20.14

b l a c k s t o n e - set of two ceramic tumblers by mbundy

these black-and-ivory pottery pieces totally caught my eye in this etsy shop — be sure to peruse all of mbundy’s listings for more dark-glazed clay bowls and accessories as well as pastel-glazed confections!

Roman excavation at ‘human bones’ find property in Swinton

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A gardener who thought he had discovered human bones in his yard has given archaeologists permission to dig after another interesting find.

Andrew Allen, 30, believed he had made an unnerving discovery shortly after moving into his Swinton home earlier this year.

Tests revealed the bones actually came from a cow, but he has recently found up 90 pieces of Roman-era pottery while digging up his garden.

Archaeologists now believe the property in Toll Bar Road could be sitting on a key Roman-era farming settlement and are set to carry out a full excavation.

Project leader Dr Lauren McIntyre, of Wath-based Elmet Archaeological Services, said: “The South Yorkshire region is generally overlooked in terms of Roman history. But Andrew’s finds suggest the presence of a previously undiscovered archaeological site. Read more.

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Flask with Zodiac medallions, Iran, Kashan

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This vessel takes the form of a pilgrim’s flask, which has four lugs to attach cords for carrying it. All twelve of the Zodiac signs appear on its molded medallions, but the fact that Gemini and Sagittarius appear in the center suggest that it was made to commemorate a specific event, perhaps a marriage or the birth of a child.

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Askos with painted scenes and applied figures. 

Dating to about 270-200 BCE, this askos was found at Cuma in Campania, Italy, and was made at Canosa, Apulia (modern Puglia).

Vessels of this type were evidently not intended to be functional, and were often made to be placed inside tombs. The British Museum houses another Canosan vessel shaped like a head, which you may view here. Canosa was a highly important city of ancient Apulia, which, although influenced by the Greeks, was able to maintain its local culture through to Roman times.

This vase is basically an askos, a simple globular spouted vessel of a shape found in Italy for over two millennia. By the Hellenistic period askoi were over-burdened with a wealth of decoration. This example has two winged horses flying over a brown sea on a pink background. Three winged figures of Nike or Victory stand on the false spouts and handle, and foreparts of horses spring from the body of the vessel. The applied reliefs depict a winged head of the gorgon Medusa and a dancing maenad, a follower of Dionysos. (BM)

Courtesy of & currently located at the British Museum, London, GR 1862.7-12.2. Photos taken by SpirosK photography.

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPthemakingof

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

The goal this weekend is to roll up your sleeves and capture videos of making things by hand. Some tips to get you started:

  • Use this project as a moment to dust off your skills or try something new. Whether it’s blacksmithing, origami, pottery or cooking, don’t be afraid to be creative, get your hands dirty and—most importantly—have fun!
  • Don’t have a particular craft of your own? Seek out local crafters, bakers, artists and makers. Ask if you can learn about their work and share their craft through your videos.
  • For showing process, think about how to pace your video. In addition to normal speed, you can use slow motion to draw out a single detailed moment or time lapse to fit an entire project into 15 seconds.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPthemakingof hashtag to videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own videos to the project. Any tagged video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured Monday morning.

etsyfindoftheday 7 | 9.15.14

shop: kertis
style: small speckled stoneware planter

rounding out your extra shopstyle feature tonight is a totally different offering from kertis — be sure to click through and check out their small handmade pottery planters, including this little speckled beaut. i love them all! a BIG thank you to kertis for having such a delightful shop to focus on this evening <3

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