Mayan Monolith - Quirigua - Sky Xul in Jaws of a Monster
Guatemala - Mayan Monolith - Quirigua - 8th century AD. Quirigua is an ancient Maya archaeological site in the department of Izabal in south-eastern Guatemala. This piece is 'Zoomorph P' (which explorer Alfred Maudslay nicknamed The Great Turtle) was dedicated in 795 by "Sky Xul" and is a masterpiece of Mesoamerican art. It weighs around 20 tons. This side depicts a larger-than-life portrait of "Sky Xul" himself seated cross-legged in the open jaws of an enormous crocodile-mountain hybrid monster. Date: 8th century AD
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
Advert for Gong soup 1916
Advertisement for Gong soups, 'For men at the front and in training'. Well-known and poplar product during the First World War, which could be parcelled from home for the soldiers at the front. You could have a choice of twelve variety of soaps including relish, pea, julienne, ox tail, thick gravy, celery cream, green pea, artichoke, tomato, mock turtle, Scotch broth or lentil.
© Mary Evans Picture Library
Endangered geometric tortoise, Psammobates
Endangered geometric tortoise, Psammobates geometricus, and mata mata turtle, Chelus fimbriatus.. Handcolored copperplate stipple engraving from Jussieu's Dictionnaire des Sciences Naturelles 1816-1830. Illustration by J.G. Pretre, engraved by Massard, directed by Turpin, and published by F. G. Levrault. Jean Gabriel Pretre (1780-1845) was painter of natural history at Empress Josephine's zoo and later became artist to the Museum of Natural History.
© Florilegius / Mary Evans