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Tibetan Armored Cavalryman

This figure has been assembled based on photographs taken in the 1930s and 1940s, in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa during the Great Prayer Festival. Part of the festival included troops of ceremonial armored cavalry, who wore a standardized set of equipment as stipulated by the central government of Tibet from about the mid-seventeenth or eighteenth century onward. This included a helmet, shirt of mail, set of four mirrors, armored belt, bow case and quiver, matchlock musket, bandoleer with gunpowder and bullets, and short spear for the rider, as well as a saddle, saddle rug, and tack for the horse. Armed and equipped in a similar fashion, Tibetan goverment officials periodically were required to demonstrate proficiency on horseback with musket, bow and arrow, and spear until as late as the mid-twentieth century.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Volunteered to take photos at my local SPCA yesterday. These are some of the sweethearts I got to photograph. I hope it helps them find new and loving homes.

Quartz Masterlist

Please note this list doesn’t contain chalcedonies, agates, or jaspers. They will be receiving their own lists.

I was inspired by other lists on Tumblr and made a huge (macrocrystalline) quartz masterlist. This list include quartz that are popular, varieties, trade or alternative names, specific formations, and received artificial treatment. I will also be including a list of fakes often labeled as quartz. 

Another note: If you see any that are missing or mislabeled, let me know!

Popular Quartz Gems

  • Amethyst
  • Ametrine
  • Aventurine (although technically considered a quartzite, many mineralogists still treat it like a quartz variety)
  • Citrine
  • Clear Quartz (also called Rock Crystal)
  • Milky Quartz (also called Snow Quartz, Azeztulite, and White Quartz)
  • Rose Quartz
  • Rutilated Quartz (sometimes called Cupid’s Arrow Quartz)
  • Smoky Quartz 
  • Tiger’s Eye (may sometimes be called Crocidolite Quartz)

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Hayagriva, The Black Horse Necked One. Nyingma Lineage, Tibet. 1700s.

On a great blazing mandala of a blue-black dharmakara (or dharmadayo), lotus and sun seat, is the King of the Wrathful, Hayagriva. A green horse head on the crown neighs, gathering the power of the Three Realms. The right hand holds a sword aloft severing the heads and bodies of enemies. The left holds a hook to conduct the life force of enemies and hindrances, and from the tip of the wrathful gesture an iron scorpion emanates and comes forth. The body is dressed in a great cloak of black silk and a human hide with a lower garment of tiger skin. Having a crown of five dry skulls and a necklace of fifty wet, snake coils of the five naga races, complete with the eight glorious articles. Above the horse head on the crown is a garuda of fire with beak and talons of iron, subduing daemons, nagas and planets, standing in a vast blazing heap of fire. On the right is the Glorious Yaksha, red, holding a fire hammer and a lasso. On the left is the Iron Hair Yaksha, having the form of a yellow-black Kirata, holding an iron vajra and hook. In front is the emanation of the assistant, the Iron Scorpion, black, with nine mouths and nine eyes, raging with poison. -Terdag Lingpa Gyurme Dorje (1646-1714) 

Alma’s Family

I teach at a small school in a mountainous region in the United States. On good years, we have maybe twenty students grades kindergarten through eighth. I handle the littles, my husband handles the older kids. It’s not a job you take if you want a secure lifestyle with a luxurious retirement, but it is one you take when you care about the future of children.

Alma was a first grader and very bright. I ended up having to give her the second grader’s books by the end of the first quarter and knew by Christmas she’d likely be caught up to the fourth graders. She always raised her hand and never spoke out of turn.

But she was also a bit strange.

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