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"Revised Route Map of Japan" by Nagakubo, Sekisui c. 1775 via UBC Library Digitization Center on Flickr Commons
Mongol passport (paizi), Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), 13th century
Designation: Coin of the Bactrian king Menander IDate: approx. 155-130 BCEMedium: SilverPlace of Origin: Northern Afghanistan | former kingdom of Bactria | Pakistan | former kingdom of GandharaCredit Line: Acquisition made possible in part by the Society for Asian ArtLabel: Greek inscriptions, royal portraits, and images of Greek deities such as Athena were standard features on coins issued by the Indo-Greek rulers of Central Asia and northern Afghanistan during the centuries just before the Common Era. Many Indo-Greek coins contained translations of the Greek into a local script and language on their reverse sides, indicating the great cultural diversity in this area of the ancient world.
The combination on coins of royal portraiture and divine imagery-a powerful statement of divinely sanctioned rule-was used for many centuries in Central and South Asia. On coins of the Kushan dynasty, images of the Iranian goddess Ardoksho and the Indian god Shiva reflect the expansion of the Kushans into former Iranian realms as well as into northern India. The Gupta dynasty, which later ruled northern India, issued many coins depicting on one side the goddess Lakshmi, who is associated with royal fortune. The portrait sides of Gupta coins contain several innovations. An early example showing the dynasty’s founder together with his queen proclaims the power and legitimacy he gained through a strategic marriage alliance.
Lightning Strikes CN Tower (by Richard Gottardo)
"welcome back, we always could spot a friend"
greenwich village, nyc.
The Sussex Annual Ballot Festival, held each year in August/September. Takes place in Sussex, New Brunswick Canada; people from all over the world flock here to fly their balloons!
Snow White. Bengal. Golden. White.
Oh hell yeah this is the coolest picture ever
looks like God ran out of printer ink
reblogging for comment
i am just going to copy past from another post i made literally seconds ago…
white tigers, as well as golden tabby tigers and snow/ghost tigers (or whatever the fuck they’re named) are all inbred and therefore carry a long list of heath issues with them!!! there’s not a single white tiger in the wild. the chances of getting a white tiger through natural breeding is like one in a ten thousand. no one that wants to make easy money is going to wait for that miracle, and therefore inbreeding occurs! (and yess, ALL color mutated tigers are inbred. ALL; a white tiger born from healthy parents would be huge news)
so in short, it is literally very fucking cruel to breed an animal in such a manner that they will be sentenced for a life with pain. like for one, all the tigers in this photoset have strabismus- crossed eyes (even if you can’t see it. it’s a side effect of that double recessive gene). how painful do you think that is ?
oh and it’s not really snow white, bengal, golden and white. here, bengal refers to the subspecies, but surprisingly, this double recessive genes occur only in bengal tigers, and not in siberian tigers at all. therefore, all the tigers here are bengal. sometimes people even cross them with siberian tigers in order to get bigger color mutated tigers.
oh and, i just said that white tigers don’t occur at all in the wild, and here’s why. a white coat does not provide the animal with proper camouflage. therefore, if a white tiger in the wild even survives to adulthood (usually the mother tiger would kill any abnormal looking cubs in order to keep the gene pool healthy), they would die of starvation. all the color mutated tigers in captivity are descendants of one white tiger cub caught in the wild by some indian prince somewhere in 1950. that should make the inbreeding part look obvious.
no but honestly, to breed an animal just for its color and not for the conservation that its species desperately need at this moment (there are only about 3000 tigers left in all of asia) is cruel, especially if said color causes both physical and mental health problems and pain to the animal. this is a practice that under domestic animals (short legged dogs, brachycephalic dogs and cats, you name it) is called qualzucht, which literally translates to torture breeding. this practice has been banned by many organizations such as the AZA and the EAZA- so zoos that earned AZA/EAZA/other recognition are not allowed to breed animals if said breeding does not contribute to the conservation of the species of said animals.
so in short, it is cruel to breed animals and sentence them for a life with pain just for money. it is cruel and exploitative, and goes straight against the conservation efforts that tigers so desperately need right now. no responsible and ethical facility allows this.
(altho, i like to talk big about AZA, but you shouldn’t be like, ”hey this place is accredited they must be good!” like, for example seaworld is also AZA accredited… yea take that with a grain of salt)
to learn more about this issue, click here! (it’ll redirect you to the awareness blog of someone that had volunteered at Big Cat Rescue for a long time)