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Samurai Helmets

Samurai Helmets

Munich’s Kunsthalle is currently showing selected pieces from Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller’s Samurai Collection in Dallas, Texas. The selection includes armor and weapons as well as household items, but I was most impressed by the numerous helmets. Their design is often unique and highly elaborate, much […]

17,400 digital audio files, beginning with Lomax’s first recordings

17,400 digital audio files, beginning with Lomax’s first recordings

The Sound Recordings catalog comprises over 17,400 digital audio files, beginning with Lomax’s first recordings onto (newly invented) tape in 1946 and tracing his career into the 1990s. In addition to a wide spectrum of musical performances from around the world, it includes stories, jokes, […]

A HISTORY OF SINGAPORE IN 10 DISHES

A HISTORY OF SINGAPORE IN 10 DISHES

One of my earliest memories is of sitting around a makeshift communal table with my mother and sister, past our bedtime, in front of the car park at the public housing estate we lived in in Singapore. It was sometime in the mid-1980s, long after […]

Easter preparations in Lüdge

Easter preparations in Lüdge

Easter preparations in Lüdge: For the Osterrad straw stuffed into double wooden wheels. When Osterrad often means with straw or twigs stuffed oak wheels. These wheels can weigh up to 300 kg and in addition hold 120 kg of straw. Depending on the length and […]

Pysanky Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Pysanky Ukrainian Easter Eggs

A pysanka is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated using a wax-resist (batik) method. The word comes from the verb pysaty, “to write”, as the designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax. Pysanky are typically made to be given to family members and respected […]