1. seandunkley:

    archiemcphee:

    Amsterdam-based artist Cedric Laquieze (previously featured here) recently completed a fascinating new series of his exquisite taxidermy Fairies. These delicate sculptures are primarily composed of parts from many different insect species, but if you look closely you’ll notice bones, seeds and even a few scorpion parts as well.

    Visit Cedric Laquieze’s blog for many additional images and to check out some of his other enchanting creations.

    [via Cedric Laquieze]

    Morbid but cool.

    (via anguiculus)

     
  2. likeafieldmouse:

    Arne Svenson - The Neighbors (2013)

    (via amongrunaways)

     
  3. art-of-swords:

    Yatagan Sword

    • Dated: 19th century
    • Culture: Turkish
    • Measurements: overall length 78.5 cm

    The sword has a curved, single-edged, concave blade. The silver grip and ring-nut are  engraved with floral motifs and have remains of gilding and nielloed frames. The pommel features the typical “ears”.

    Source: Copyright © 2014 Czerny’s International Auction House S.R.L.

     
  4. sexecutive-outcums:

    Winged Hussar reenactors, from here

    (Source: strategiczergface, via camperjon)

     
  5. scales-and-fangs:

    Dragon Snake (Xenodermus javanicus)

    (via quillery)

     
  6. 990000:

    louvre.fr:

    Helmet of a Thracian Gladiator

    Troisième quart du Ier siècle ap. J.-C. Found in the gladiators’ barracks at Pompei, Campagna, southern Italy Campagna, southern Italy

    This bronze helmet, richly decorated with a Gorgon’s and a griffin’s head, was probably used by Thracian gladiators during the parades preceding the games in the amphitheater at Pompeii, just before Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. The shape of the visor, which evolved over the course of the first century, is typical of the period. The eye openings have been replaced by a grill covering the upper part of the face, and plume holders have been added on either side of the helmet.

    Armor discovered at Pompeii

    This bronze helmet is one of a number of pieces of armor given in 1802 to the First Consul Bonaparte by Ferdinand IV, king of Naples. They were buried when Vesuvius erupted and the region of Naples was laid waste on 24 August, AD 79, but saw the light of day when excavations were carried out (1766-67) in the gladiators’ barracks at Pompeii. They were kept at Malmaison until the death of Josephine and thereafter entered the Durand collection (1814) and the Comte de Pourtalès collection (1825), before being purchased by the Musées Impériaux in 1865. Finally, they were transferred to the Louvre from the Musée des Antiquités Nationales at Saint-Germain-en-Laye in 1892. The armor, which is richly embossed, was probably used in the parades that preceded the games in the arena.

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  7. art-of-swords:

    Engraved and Gilt Partisan

    • Dating: late 17th century
    • Culture: European
    • Measurements: height 190.5 cm

    The weapon has an iron head with a large, straight-edged cusp-blade, ribbed at the centre, with wings, tapering socket provided with rings at both edges, while the upper one is smooth with three rings.

    The surface of the lower half of the blade blade, from its half to the socket, is decorated with engravings and remains of gilding; featuring symmetric effigies of flowers, grotesque masks and spirals, on dotted ground.

    The wings are shaped and engraved as exotic birds and snakes, the socket decorated with floral bands. Antique, wooden haft of circular section, comes with longitudinal, fluted decorations alternated to rows of brass studs.

    Source: Copyright © 2014 Czerny’s International Auction House S.R.L.

     
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  10. unexplained-events:

    Franco Banfi

    A swiss diver, captured these pictures of one of the six anacondas he saw on his 10 day trip to Mato Grosso in Brazil. This one was about 26-feet long.

    "At the first moment it’s scary because you don’t know the animal and everybody says it’s dangerous. ‘But after a while you understand that nothing happens if you respect the snake. ‘I have never been so close to a snake like this before. But I think a small poisonous snake is more scary than a big one. At least you can see the anacondas clearly and know what they’re doing." - Franco Banfi

    (via stufftodraw)