Midrand water tower, South Africa. p. Len Combrinck
A bronze vase with frog
Good morning! Seeing is sometimes more than believing. Sailing ship routes in the 1800s = art.
Sagittal cross section from ‘Topographisch-anatomischer Atlas’ by Wilhelm Braune, 1867.
Publication info Leiden,E. J. Brill, ltd.,1923.
American Museum of Natural History Library
However, my favourite beautification method of ages past would have to be the process of ohaguro - permanently dyeing one’s teeth black with lacquer. Popular until Japan’s Meiji area, it was considered especially beautiful and was often reserved for the wealthy aristocracy. It had other benefits apart from attracting instant attention to a revered erogenous zone, such as preserving teeth from decaying over time. The practice was banned in 1870 and gradually waned, though its appeal still lingers. Today, some (very) dedicated geisha dye their teeth black. Ama women (pearl divers) are sometimes seen with blackened teeth as well. The process is also seen around China and southeast Asia.
Let’s bring it back.