By Jessica Kerwin Jenkins

Encyclopedia of the beautiful is a life-style consultant for the Francophile and the Anglomaniac, the gourmand and the fashion maven, the armchair tourist and the artwork lover. It’s an homage to the esoteric international of glamour that doesn’t require a lot spending yet makes us think wealthy.

Taking a cue from the unique encyclopedias of the 16th century, which brimmed with mysterious artifacts, Jessica Kerwin Jenkins’s Encyclopedia of the beautiful focuses at the stylish, the infrequent, the common, and the pleasant. A com­pendium of fashion, it merges whimsy and practicality, traipsing throughout the high quality arts and the worlds of favor, nutrition, commute, domestic, backyard, and sweetness.

Each access positive factors numerous enticing anecdotes, illuminating the curious prior of every enduring resource of attractiveness. topics lined contain the explosive background of champagne; the paintings of lounging on a divan; the emergence of “frillies,” the 1st lacy, racy undies; the traditional makes use of of sweet-smelling saffron; the wild rebel incited via the looks of London’s first best hat; Julia Child’s tip for cooking the suitable omelet; the polarizing perform of donning pink lipstick in the course of global struggle II; Louis XIV’s fondness for the luscious Bartlett pear; the Indian starting place of badminton; Parliament’s 1650 try and suppress Europe’s attractiveness mark fad; the evolution of the japanese kimono; the pil­grimage of relevant Park’s Egyptian obelisk; and the fanciful thrill of eating alfresco.

Cleverly illustrated, Encyclopedia of the beautiful is an ode to life’s lots, from the extravagant to the eccentric. it's a cele­bration of luxurious that doesn’t unavoidably require funds.

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From Petrie (1890). 26 The Tears of Re Toward the end of the Thirteenth Dynasty, the political unity that defines the historical designation of kingdoms was broken with the contemporaneous rise of the Fourteenth Dynasty kings who reigned in the eastern Delta for approximately 57 years. This period of political instability permitted a foreign group, the Hyksos, to invade Egypt from the eastern desert, marking the beginning of the Fifteenth Dynasty and the Second Intermediate Period. As the Hyksos were reigning in Egypt primarily in the north, kings of the Seventeenth Dynasty rose in Thebes.

Unfortunately, part of the oval object the man is holding is missing, and we cannot see what the man is doing with it, as his face is also missing. It has been suggested that he is using this object like a pottery smoker, but it differs from other smokers depicted in later Egyptian reliefs, which casts doubt on this scenario. 3 The left two vignettes of the beekeeping relief at Newoserre Any’s solar temple. Photograph by Gene Kritsky. Publication courtesy of the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, State Museum, Berlin (see color plate 3).

Com; the inset is from Kritsky (2010) (see color plate 1). The Fertile Crescent fits the supposed requirements for the development of beekeeping, and there are tantalizing clues suggesting that this area might indeed have been the cradle of apiculture. In 1961, over 400 objects were found wrapped in a straw mat in a cave near the Dead Sea in what is now Israel. Among the items were several copper vessels that appear to have been made using the lost-wax casting process (Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art 2004).

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