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It’s a bit early to start brainstorming your Halloween costume, but when inspiration strikes, you should definitely go with it. Archaeologists in Peru have reported the discovery of an ancient mural depicting what appears to be a knife-wielding spider god on the side of a 3,200-year-old adobe temple. The ambiguous remains of the image feature two geometric lines, associated with known imagery from pre-Columbian indigenous Cupisnique society, which occupied northern coastal Peru for almost 2,000 years. The spider is thought to be associated with rain and fertility rituals that might have taken place in the shrine and its attendant complex of buildings. The generally arid conditions of the surrounding topography would have meant rain — and its ruling deities — would have been a source of veneration. The shrine is located near a river, which suggests its ceremonial importance is related to water, according to Régulo Franco Jordán, archaeological director of the Augusto N. Wise Foundation.
According to Smithsonian Magazine, the shrine was discovered last year by local farmers in the La Libertad region. The contemporary agricultural efforts of the farmers caused more than half of the archaeological site to be destroyed before officials intervened to preserve the historical find. Jordán has named the temple Tomabalito, or “little Tomabal,” in reference to the nearby ruin of Castillo de Tomabel.
“The site has been registered and the discovery will be covered up until the [COVID] pandemic is over and it can be properly investigated,” Jordán told La República. More will be revealed in time, but “knife-wielding spider god” is an early frontrunner for the most badass-sounding ancient diety of 2021.
“Black infants in America are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants—11.3 per 1,000 black babies, compared with 4.9 per 1,000 white babies, according to the most recent government data—a racial disparity that is actually wider than in 1850, 15 years before the end of slavery, when most black women were…
he ownership of images has a long and nuanced legal history, which has evolved dramatically in recent years as cultural standards and photographic technologies have rapidly advanced
The show, which honors the 50th anniversary of an exhibition history once ignored, continues a series of projects documenting Wilmington’s contemporary art scene.
Renty and his daughter Delia. Renty was an enslaved African, kidnapped from the Congo, sold and forced into slave labor on the South Carolina plantation of B.F. Taylor
What is the relation between possessing a person, possessing their image, and dispossessing their progeny
As a scholar of African American history and photography whose work has focused on the status of violent images in museums and archives, I fully support the validity of Ms. Tamara Lanier’s claim and the amicus brief.
Two K-12 art teachers will each receive a $1,000 cash gift and an additional $500 to put toward classroom art supplies. Nominations are due October 31.
The daguerreotypes of Renty Taylor, Delia, Drana, Alfred, Jack, George Fassena, and Jem remained in an unused storage cabinet until 1975, when it was discovered by an employee of the Peabody Museum.
I am writing in support of the amicus curiae brief submitted by Professor Ariella Aïsha Azoulay of Brown University for the full restitution of the daguerreotypes of Renty Taylor and his daughter Delia, currently held by Harvard University, to their familial descendant, Tamara Lanier.
We cannot be indifferent to the long-lasting effects of photography. The photographs at the center of Lanier v. Harvard are relentless in making Renty and Delia Taylor work and perform as slaves. The pain inflicted on them has not ceased. Photography has the capacity to propagate harm, and we have the moral obligation to interrupt…