Japanese warrior woman with naginata
Japanese warrior woman with a large Naginata. A naginata is a pole weapon that was traditionally used in Japan by members of the samurai class. It consists of a wood shaft with a curved blade on the end, similar to the Chinese Guan Dao or European glaive or Russian sovnya. Usually it also had a sword-like guard (tsuba) between the blade and shaft as depicted on this card. During the Edo Period, as the naginata became less useful for men on the battlefield, and became a symbol of the social status of women of the samurai class. A functional naginata was often a traditional part of a samurai daughter's dowry. Women of the samurai class were expected to be capable of defending their homes while their husbands were away at war!
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Crested guan, Penelope purpurascens, a member of an ancient group of birds of the Cracidae family
Crested guan, a member of an ancient group of birds of the Cracidae family. This species is an arboreal forest bird native to lowlands of southern Mexico to western Ecuador and northern Venezuela. La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Vara Blanca, Costa Rica.
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The mid to late Tang dynasty saw a growing prominence of Bodhisattva figures in Buddhist
The mid to late Tang dynasty saw a growing prominence of Bodhisattva figures in Buddhist iconography. Â Of these the Bodhisattva Guanyin, Avalokitesvara, was the most popular, eventually becoming known as the Goddess of Mercy. Country of Origin: China. Culture: Chinese. Date/Period: Tang dynasty, AD 618-906. Material Size: marble. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Formerly Philip Goldman Collection, London . Location: 04.
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