Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico, Art of the Oaxaca region-The Mixteca-Puebla

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  1. Art of the Mixteca-Puebla

The Tomb 7 from Monte Albán is one of the richest burial sites ever encountered in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. The burial included hundreds of exotic objects made in precious materials. Top left: gold necklace. Bottom left: zoomorphic pendants. Top middle: Mictlantecuhtli pectoral with elaborate headdress (Ball game pectoral). Bottom middle: gold mask. Right: Pendant with dates. All artifacts in the Museum of the Cultures of Oaxaca (Mexico).

The Mixtecs are considered one of the most extraordinary artisans of Mesoamerica during the Post-Classic period (1000-1697). They occupied the area of ​​Oaxaca to the valleys of Puebla and Tlaxcala (a complex known by archaeologists as the “Mixteca-Puebla”). In the art of goldsmithing, Mixtecs created works of surprising delicacy, as it can be seen among the numerous objects found in the famous “Tomb 7” of Monte Albán, a Zapotec tomb that the Mixtecs re-used: pectorals decorated with masks of deities…

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Object Journeys

Stories from the Museum Floor

Today’s story from the museum floor is a guest post by Andrea Winn, Curator of Community Engagement at Manchester Museum, highlighting Object Journeys, which is currently on display in the Living Cultures Gallery.

Object Journeys

Manchester Museum is a partner in the British Museum’s Object Journeys programme – a three year Heritage Lottery funded programme, in which the British Museum will engage with their local community, regional museums and community partners in the regions to explore the British Museum’s collections. The project will produce a series of installations across the UK including at the British Museum, Manchester Museum and Leicester Museums.

Manchester Museum is pleased to be working with Community on Solid Ground, a local organisation that is driven to improve the life opportunities, personal development, health and wellbeing of its local community. They are currently working on ‘TraditionalBest Times of South Asian Women’. This Heritage…

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Empathy, Schmempathy.


My blue state bubble is trying so hard to reach out. Just one example: a local organization (The Evergrey) planned a field trip to a red zone in hopes of creating some kind of… understanding?  It seems every other person on the bus is reading Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance’s memoir about Appalachian culture. And my media diet offers an all-you-can-eat buffet of calls to empathize with Trump voters.

But in New York Magazine, Frank Rich asks if soft hearted lefties are wasting their — our? —  time:

But for those of us who want to bring down the curtain on the Trump era as quickly as possible, this pandering to his voters raises a more immediate and practical concern: Is it a worthwhile political tactic that will actually help reverse Republican rule? Or is it another counterproductive detour into liberal guilt, self-flagellation, and political correctness of…

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Gobi Aloo Kasoori Methi – Cauliflower with Potato and Dried Fenugreek Leaves

Cauliflower, in my view, is massively underrated. In the past it was perhaps thought of as a little bland, but when you boil anything I guess it could be described as bland. Growing up we had cauliflower cheese – which don’t get me wrong, is delicious – but beyond that people really didn’t tend to do much with it.  That has all changed though in the last couple of years, with dishes such as cauliflower rice, cauliflower base for pizza, roasted cauliflower, burnt cauliflower – you name it, people are getting creative with this humble ingredient. In Indian cuisine  it is hugely versatile and used in all manner of dishes.

Throw a little spice into the mix and you have yourself a very tasty little number. I thought I would show you one of my favourite cauliflower recipes that works well either on its own or as part of a larger Indian feast. Dried methi…

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On Mastery: Learning Kyudo — One of Japan’s Oldest and Most Respected Martial Arts


Leigh Ann Henion was drawn to archery by her grandfather’s passion for it. She travels to Japan to improve her archery skills by learning Kyudo — a form of archery that is one of Japan’s oldest martial arts. In her short yet intense course, sensei Kazuhisa Miyasaka helps her realize that achievement with the bow and arrow comes only after mastering one’s mind.

We have not talked about the fact that, when our grandfathers were alive, our nations and families were adversaries. Or that when I asked him to introduce kyudo in just a handful of days, I was making an impossible request. But we both knew.

Miyasaka touches my arm, tightening my actions like the precise folds of origami. My projectiles hit sand, nearer and nearer the target. Until. Twack. I pierce paper. The target is so far away I’d need binoculars to see exactly where my arrow rests.

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Freewheeling through Rural Andalusia: The Via Verde of Seville (Photo Story)

Lives and Times

Not far north of Seville, there is a track winding back through the northern slopes of Andalusia, through the Sierra Morena, a gorgeous corrugated mountain range covered in olive and oak trees under which graze pigs, sheep and goat. The track follows and old railway line built a century ago to service an iron mine at the end of the line. Mostly dead straight and mostly an easy incline, the Via Verde is the perfect way to see Andalusia by bike. I followed its twenty or so kilometres up and back to see what I could see.

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the classic dirty martini | simple ingredients, minimal effort, complex results

holly & flora

I really wish life worked out more like the title of this blog post: simple ingredients, minimal effort, with complex results. Rarely does it ever turn out just like that, right? Lately, it’s been more like this: empty cupboards, requiring multiple hours to source the necessary ingredients with beyond maximum effort. Super-human effort. Effort that’s squeezed from the last remaining drop of life in my blood, with lots of carnage, unmet needs, unfulfilled requests, forgotten emails, and a few starved relationships left in the wake. And multiple martinis along the way. Let’s not forget those.

It’s not been a pretty scene.

There is, however, a warm, bright, beckoning light at the end of the tunnel. I cannot wait to share more about all of the exciting changes with you very soon. As soon as I get a little more sleep, tie up some flailing loose ends, and … finish packing…

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