Arms and Armor. Notable Acquisitions, 1991-2002 by Stuart W. Pyhrr

By Stuart W. Pyhrr

This booklet celebrates greater than a decade of accumulating by way of the Metropolitan Museum’s division of fingers and Armor because the reinstallation of its everlasting galleries in 1991. the hot acquisitions supplement and construct upon the Museum’s encyclopedic assortment, which totals greater than 14,000 items from Europe, the center East, Asia, and North America.
Fifty-eight of crucial contemporary acquisitions are featured during this quantity, together with the richly embellished armor and guns of 2 French kings, the king of Sweden, and a destiny king of britain, numerous participants of the ruling Medici kinfolk of Florence, a hero of the yankee Revolution, sultans of Turkey, and the Tokugawa shoguns of Japan. The texts offer perception into the inventive, ancient, and technical points of this really good box. a lot of those vital and fascinating items are formerly unpublished.

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Another form of opium, laudanum, is the modern equivalent of the opium and alcohol mixture that is mentioned by Homer in The Odyssey. As little as two dozen or so drops of laudanum might carry no more than a grain of opium. 7 cm 32 33 LaudanumÊs most notable use is reflected in the work of its most famous users, the most renowned of which is Thomas de Quincey. The mixture was widely prescribed and used in America as well as in Europe, even before Chinese immigrant labourers brought opium with them to the American mines and railroads where they worked.

It was there that a statue in honor of the goddess Aphrodite stood, holding a poppy plant in one of her hands. Opium might have been introduced into China by Arab importers as early as 400. The practice of ÊsmokingÊ opium began about a thousand years later, as early as 1500. A Shanghai Street with Various Signs Showcasing Opium Shops End of the 19th century Gelatin silver photographic print, 10 x 14 cm 40 41 During EuropeÊs great Black Plague, drinking coffee was thought to be a cure for addiction for those who used opium as a painkiller.

Van der Aalsvoort Collection 60 Not only has opium itself played a major role in the history of civilisation, but so has opiumÊs natural source, the poppy. In the late 1990s, AfghanistanÊs Taliban earned worldwide attention with their destruction of statues of Buddha and their harsh laws restricting womenÊs freedom. But they were angry about UN sanctions against them, feeling that the world should have congratulated them for eradicating some of the opium-producing poppy crops. Production of Opium Balls in an Indochinese Factory From the magazine L’Illustration, 29 February 1896 62 63 II.

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