Photographer Eliot Elisofon traveled to the Ivory Coast & Ghana, where he captured the countries’ ceremonial royal presentations. From 1970 to 1972 he followed Paramount Chief Nana Akyanfuo Akowuah Dateh II (Ghana) and Dignitary N’Goran Koffi (Ivory Coast).
john knows oscar wilde. john memorised passages from oscar wilde’s works. john knows “the world is changed because you are made of ivory and gold, the curves of your lips rewrite history” and remembers it whenever he looks at sherlock (:
Manufactured by Eugène Lefaucheux c.1850′s in Paris, France - serial number 113953 & 113954. 12mm pinfire six-round cylinder, single action with side loading gate and ejector rod, rust blued with gold and silver inlays, ivory grips. If you ever shot someone with this gun he’d have to thank you.
Date:14th–16th century Geography:Tibet Culture:Tibetan Medium:Carved wood, skin, gesso, gilding Dimensions:Height: 42 15/16 in. (109 cm) Classification:Chordophone-Lute-plucked-unfretted Credit Line:Purchase, Clara Mertens Bequest, in memory of André Mertens, 1989Accession Number:1989.55 The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Images and description from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: “The ancient “silk route”, running from the Mediterranean to Sian in east central China, made Central Asia a meeting place of many cultures. This lute, an extraordinary example of musical exchange between East and West, is similar to instruments played by angels depicted in seventh-century Buddhist cave paintings. It offers some insight into the development of the modern sgra-snyan. The body, with two skin-covered chambers, is a rare example of an archaic transitional form that seems to point to the Afghan robab, and various Himalayan lute types. Decorative elements, such as green-colored skins, like those of the damarn, and the portraits of Buddha and musicians, rendered on painted ivory with gold leaf, are typical of fifteenth-century Tibet. The back, fingerboard, and pegbox reveal cartouches and palmettes reminiscent of seventeenth-century Persia. Tin leafing shows through as a silvery underlayer in a worn section of the instrument. Painted gesso adheres to the surface, the result of an ancient gilding process known as adoratura. Originally, there were six strings attached to this instrument, but the pegbox was shortened to accommodate five, with a possible sixth string attached to a side peg. Despite the appearance of Buddha and his musicians, the sgra-snyan was not used in religious settings, but accompanied secular song.”
Made by Colt Manufacturing Co. for Bob Rayburn - serial number 043136S. .22LR 10-round removable box magazine, blowback semi-automatic, unique 5″ barrel, George Spring Type A factory engraving with full gold plating and ivory grips. Are you even allowed to simply shoot that anymore ?