Etruscan strainers at the MET.
All the shown examples date to the 6th-5th centuries BCE and are made of bronze. Strainers were were used at symposiums (drinking parties) to strain the wine or additives mixed into it.
The strainer shown in the first image is one of the most elaborate, and best-preserved, Etruscan strainer handles found to date. The MET provides the following description of this artefact:
The artist has skillfully presented a complex subject on a very small scale in the openwork square just below the handle’s attachment point. Two nude boxers appear to have just finished a bout in which one man has been knocked to his knees. Their trainer or referee holds his arms up to indicate the end of the round. On the underside of the attachment point is a delicately modeled doe lying on a wave-crest border. The handle’s base depicts a bearded male figure with fish-like legs that terminate in bearded snake heads. The strange legs form a perfect circular opening that allowed the patera to be hung when not in use. The sea monster, almost like a merman, may have been intended to ward off evil.
K is for kettle, and kettle is for tea, at least, that’s the way how I see it. Anyway, I choose this word because multiple people requested it (and because I really like tea), so I’m just going to give you some tea(-ish) links.
- a little bit of history and etiquette for high tea
- brewing times and temperatures for the perfect cup of tea
- a chart explaining the medical workings of different teas
- a green tea latte receipt
- chai tea recipe
and because many people stop drinking tea in the summer25 iced tea recipes
- "where there’s tea there’s hope" art print
- really cute tea infuser
- and some amazing cupcake recipes (because who can possible drink their afternoon tea without also having something nice too can eat :P)
So this was it for today, I hope you guys liked it and I’ll see you guys again tomorrow.
Ready for Autumn.
…and tea time.
……and stormy weather.
Artwork by the incredibly talented viki-vaki.