Proto-Elamite or Mesopotamian
Statuette of a Striding Figure, 3000-2800 B.C.
Art Institute Chicago
August 19, 1692: Five Executed in Salem Witch Trials
On this day in 1692, four women and one clergyman were hung as a result of the Salem Witch Trials. Toxicologists now know that eating ergot-contaminated food can lead to a convulsive disorder characterized by a host of symptoms which are now known to be present in the records of the Salem witchcraft trials.
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Image: Witchcraft at Salem Village. Engraving. The central figure in this 1876 illustration of the courtroom is usually identified as Mary Walcott (Wikimedia Commons).
Limestone Funerary Cippus (Tomb Marker)
100 - 200 AD
Only one other funerary cippus of this type is known, but the conventions used are similar to those of Egyptian painted portraits. The woman portrayed here is named in the Greek inscription as Kratea. In an attempt to capture her individuality, she is represented with rather bony and irregular features, and her hair is parted down the middle, a convention that seems to imply that she was elderly. Her jewelry is meant as an indicator of her wealth and status.
Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Fall of the Rebel Angels
Oil on wood, 347 x 227 cm
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena
Cheering the Revolutions of 1848 in Berlin.
Nepcetat Mask Yup’ik (Bering Sea Eskimo) Probably Lower Yukon River later 19th century wood, hide, roots, red, white, and black pigment, remains of sixteen swan feathers, attached to upper border and upper rim.
Only powerful shamans owned Nepcetat masks, and only Nepcetat masks could confirm a shaman’s powers. A shaman placed the mask on the ground, covered it with parkas and then raised it using only his face. When the shaman could no longer lift the mask, or only do so with great difficulty, his power was declining.
Fenimore Art Museum