Artistic microscope slides produced in the Victorian era (1840~1900) by arranging hundreds of tiny diatoms into intricate patterns. This was often accomplished by using a single hair to move the diatoms in a special chamber that prevented disturbance to the slide. The fabrication of these amazing objects must have required incredible patience, attention to detail, and a steady hand.
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
This inscribed terra-cotta cylinder describes King Nebuchadnezzar’s rebuilding of Babylon, especially its famous walls and temples. It also offers a prayer that Nebuchadnezzar be granted long life and other blessings in return for his piety.
Neo-Babylonian, 604-562 BC, in the Ancient Near East Gallery
The curiosity cabinet at Malpaquet House, London
The Electronomicon is a book of seven printed-circuit-board (PCB) talismans representing seven magical servitors corresponding to the seven non-octarine colors of Chaos magic. The talismans’ electrical conductivity allows them to act as switches in electronic systems (either passing a current or not), and also allows for novel forms of ritually “charging” them.