Prehistoric. Art. Metal Age. Male figure of oak, from Brodde
Prehistoric. Art. Metal Age. Male figure of oak, from Broddenbjerg Bog, central Jutland. Sacrifices of pots must have taken place around the wooden figure, whose simple form exhitits distinctive power and strength. In such a figure divine powers could dwell. C. 600 BC. National Museum of Denmark.
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Rikusho-no-Matsu boat-shaped pine tree - Kinkakuji Temple
The Rikusho-no-Matsu, a 600 year-old pine tree, shaped into the form of a sailing boat. The pine tree was ported from bonsai by Yoshimitsu. It faces west, meaning people could 'ride' the boat to the western 'pure' land. Found at the Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto, Japan also known as the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, formally named Rokuonji Temple (Deer Garden Temple), a Zen Buddhist temple belonging to the Shokokuji Temple branch of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. Date: circa 1908
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The coroner's jury visiting the wreck of Princess Alice, ske
The coroner's jury visiting the wreck of the Princess Alice after the great disaster on the Thames. The Princess Alice paddle steamer worked on the Thames as a pleasure steamer, transporting day trippers from London Bridge. On the 3rd September 1878 whilst the Prince Alice was making its final journey of the day it collided with a coal ship, The Bywell Castle. The collision occurred when the two pilots both assumed that the other ship would give way. Over 600 lives were lost with only 69 people rescued.
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