african origin


New art project I’m calling “Cuteness and Vexation”

These will be available as prints soon! And maybe T-shirts if I can get the design right. More are in the works, including non-birbs, so feel free to make requests! I can’t guarantee they’ll get done, but they will go on my list!

Greco-Roman Gold Earrings with Garnet African Heads, 2nd Century BC-1st Century AD

The jewelry of the Hellenistic and early Roman periods is among the finest of the ancient world, unsurpassed in richness of subject matter and composition, luxurious media and exquisite attention to detail.

This type of African head pendant originates from Greece, from the third to second century BC. Images of Ethiopians and Nubians were popular in Egyptian art but were relatively rare in the Mediterranean world until the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great in the late fourth century BC suddenly exposed the Greeks to the peoples of the African continent. As part of this new and intriguing Nilotic landscape, images of Africans evoked the distant and exotic cultures at the edge of the known world. The popularity of Nilotic themes coupled with a Greek tradition in jewelry of elaborate figural pendants (for example, beads, acorns, vessels, and female heads) led to the depiction of Nubians and Ethiopians as part of the popular repertory of wearable art. Initially, heads were fashioned wholly in gold, but by the late third and early second century, semi-precious stones were incorporated into the composition, as here. Materials rich and warm in color, such as carnelian, sardonyx, amber, and garnet, were all transformed into African figures, not only rendering each piece more elaborate, but also imbuing them with a striking liveliness and depth of character.

The use of gemstones set into gold jewelry remained a popular practice in the early Roman period; precious stones were said to have held magical properties and were considered markers of high social status. Pendants and earrings in the form of African heads seem to have been particularly popular in Italy, with examples known from Bari and Ruvo.

A pair of gold earrings with the head of an African in garnet is in the collection of the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore (inv. no. 57.1562-3, circa third century BC), and a similar pair from Cyme, Turkey, is in the British Museum, London (inv. no. 1877,0910.28, circa fourth to third century BC). However, these examples are earlier, and lack the clarity of form and sharpness of carving evident in the present pair.

The Arabs

Who were the early Arabs?

Gates of the Harem. Lecomte du Nouy. (1878)

Early portrayal of Arabs in European paintings look like these men. Today these men will not be considered Arabs but were once portrayed as such. So who is an Arab and who are the real Arabs? These people inhabited much of North Africa from Tangiers to Cairo.

Arab in Turban. Constantine Makovsky (1882)

Today the word Arab will not bring this man to mind yet were once portrayed as such. So why has the meaning of the word changed over the centuries? Once inhabitants of north Africa and the middle east. 

Today we are being taught people of African decent in the middle East were nothing but descendants of slaves. We populated every land on this planet so why are people being taught they are descendants of slaves?

Portrait of an Oriental Man. Jules .V. Biesbroeck.(Unknown date)

An oriental man. This man will certainly not be considered Oriental in today’s world. Why do they keep changing the meanings of these words?

Today, everything is highlighted in schools around the world, descendants of slaves. Descendants of slavesDescendants of slaves. We populated every land on the planet.

Cairo to Sinai. Carl Haag (date unknown)

They want us to believe north Africa like the middle east have always been what they are.

They keep making slave movies. They keep making slave movies. They keep making slave movies. They keep making slave movies to remind us of our place in history. They wish we were their slaves.  North Africa like the middle east all have African origins.


Boat Party! When I researched African American, black, colored, or afro mermaid, sea witch, or aquatic costumes, there was little to nothing that seemed original, meaning they all had long flowy hair, had the typical seashell bra, or Ursula style octopus attachments as a skirt. With my expression and with this costume I hope to inspire not just other brown costumers but all lovers of fantasy! Thank you! Jasmine Amazing

Remember a few days ago when I said I was excited about something? Well, that was about this little guy here! He’s a rehome, but not your usual one.
So what’s so special about this little hog? He’s an “original African pygmy hedgehog” (four-toed/whitebellied hedgehog), from Togo, West Africa. And he’s truly pygmy - while slightly underweight, he’s also very tiny in general, weighing less than 300 g at an estimated 6 months old. This is how African pygmy hedgehogs used to be; captive breeding has increased their size over the years, as it has done with many animal species.
When the previous owners got him he was riddled with parasites (mainly fleas) which they treated him for, but I’m doing another round of treatment and he will stay in quarantine for a while.

I’m baffled by how easy going and sweet he is - this must be one of the calmest, sweetest hedgehogs I’ve ever encountered. I’ve yet to hear a real huff.
He spend hours running on his wheel last night and even got up during the day for a run so he seems to be a pretty active guy!

Note: I do not advocate selling wild caught (wc) African pygmy hedgehogs. In my opinion there is little reason to sell them because there are plenty of captive bred animals for sale. Adding new blood to existing lines might be a reason I could somewhat get behind - but even then, I think it should be left to experienced breeders, and breeding with wc animals brings other possible risks because the genetic background of the animals is unknown.
Wild caught animals are often infested with parasites and can possibly carry other diseases as well. They tend to be underweight or even sickly and are often a lot of work in the first few weeks or even months since it can take a while to nurse them back to good shape/health. These animals are caught and shipped to various parts of the world, causing unnecessary stress, and they usually end up at wholesalers or pet shops who sell them to inexperienced new owners who then get stuck with a potentially sick hedgehog or, after finding out hedgehogs aren’t their thing after all (also because most of those sellers don’t give out correct information), having to rehome an essentially wild animal.

This little guy is still looking for a name btw, I’m open to Norse mythology related (or Icelandic/Old Norse) name suggestions!