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Kali Ma
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survivalinternational:

A Dani man looks on, Papua.
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A pendant from the Asante peoples of Ghana
Circular pendants hammered from the thinnest of gold or cast by the lost-wax process are traditionally worn around the neck of court officials who maintain the spiritual well being of Akan rulers and their land. These emblems of office are known as soul washer’s badges and each bears designs that speak to the royal context in which they are worn. For instance, the fern depicted at the center of the pendant with its cord still intact refers to the Asante proverb, “the king does not fear insults.”
National Museum of African Art
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Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Proposal for a palace at Orianda, Crimea (1838)
Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Proposal for a palace at Orianda, Crimea (1838)
Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Proposal for a palace at Orianda, Crimea (1838)
Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Proposal for a palace at Orianda, Crimea (1838)
Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Proposal for a palace at Orianda, Crimea (1838)
Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Proposal for a palace at Orianda, Crimea (1838)
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Their way of life is in some ways similar to that of European Roma, but the groups share no ties, other than the possibility that both emigrated out of India centuries ago. According to anthropologists, there is considerable evidence of an Indian origin for the Mugat – for example, they have preserved a caste system. But outsiders know little about day-to-day life among the Mugat. Also known among themselves as Lyuli, they maintain a rigidly closed society.
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Ear ornaments, Madras, india, 19th century, V&A Museum
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Ear ornaments, Madras, india, 19th century, V&A Museum