Amor Fati

Arabic illustration explaining the phases of the Moon.  Medieval manuscript on exhibit at the Getty Research Institute at the Getty Center.

Arabic illustration explaining the phases of the Moon.  Medieval manuscript on exhibit at the Getty Research Institute at the Getty Center.

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Where is Mother Going by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, 1797-1798

Where is Mother Going by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, 1797-1798

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A large street in Cairo - Mosque of Sultan Baibars.

From L’Afrique pittoresque (picturesque Africa), selected passages by Victor Tissot, Paris, 1890.

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A large street in Cairo - Mosque of Sultan Baibars.

From L’Afrique pittoresque (picturesque Africa), selected passages by Victor Tissot, Paris, 1890.

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The mahmil *.
From L’Afrique pittoresque (picturesque Africa), selected passages by Victor Tissot, Paris, 1890.
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* Mahmil (often written as Mahmel or Mahmal) is used for a palanquin or camel litter. Traditionally, a camel with a decorated litter was often sent to Mecca around the Hajj season by the head of a Muslim state to indicate his assumption of rule. The mahmil was therefore a symbol both of the sovereignty and legitimacy of the ruler. For the Ottoman surre procession, the mahmil was also used as a term for the vehicles or camel litters containing the surre and presents sent by the sultan.

Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 41, No. 2, 193 – 200, March 2005 

The mahmil *.

From L’Afrique pittoresque (picturesque Africa), selected passages by Victor Tissot, Paris, 1890.

(Source: archive.org)

* Mahmil (often written as Mahmel or Mahmal) is used for a palanquin or camel litter. Traditionally, a camel with a decorated litter was often sent to Mecca around the Hajj season by the head of a Muslim state to indicate his assumption of rule. The mahmil was therefore a symbol both of the sovereignty and legitimacy of the ruler. For the Ottoman surre procession, the mahmil was also used as a term for the vehicles or camel litters containing the surre and presents sent by the sultan.

Middle Eastern Studies,
Vol. 41, No. 2, 193 – 200, March 2005 

(Source: oldbookillustrations)

The snake charmer.

From L’Afrique pittoresque (picturesque Africa), selected passages by Victor Tissot, Paris, 1890.

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The snake charmer.

From L’Afrique pittoresque (picturesque Africa), selected passages by Victor Tissot, Paris, 1890.

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Tuaregs.

From L’Afrique pittoresque (picturesque Africa), selected passages by Victor Tissot, Paris, 1890.

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Tuaregs.

From L’Afrique pittoresque (picturesque Africa), selected passages by Victor Tissot, Paris, 1890.

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Djeddah.

From L’Afrique pittoresque (picturesque Africa), selected passages by Victor Tissot, Paris, 1890.

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Djeddah.

From L’Afrique pittoresque (picturesque Africa), selected passages by Victor Tissot, Paris, 1890.

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Distribution of cowries.

From L’Afrique pittoresque (picturesque Africa), selected passages by Victor Tissot, Paris, 1890.

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Distribution of cowries.

From L’Afrique pittoresque (picturesque Africa), selected passages by Victor Tissot, Paris, 1890.

(Source: archive.org)

(Source: oldbookillustrations)