Sidney D. Gamble, China, Child in Tiger Costume, 1917-19
The ferocious power of the tiger makes it an ideal protector. A photograph from renowned sociologist Sidney Gamble taken in the early 20th century will be on display depicting a small child in a tiger costume. Traditionally striped costumes were worn to frighten off evil spirits. Even today in China, children are dressed in tiger costumes for protection and to bring health, wealth and happiness the wearer.
via Tigers in Asian art – Telegraph.
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Models attend the opening ceremony of the 10th chrysanthemum exhibition in Kaifeng, Henan Province, yesterday. The fair, which lasts a month, features a total of 1.45 million chrysanthemum-themed bonsai displays.
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Silk and bamboo are the essences of Chinese culture and music. After introducing pipa, the four-stringed lute, and guqin, the seven-stringed zither originally using silk threads, it’s time to showcase an instrument made of bamboo — the dizi, the bamboo flute.
But the earliest Chinese dizi was not made of bamboo, but of the wing bones of the very large red-crowned crane. Basic flutes were discovered in an ancient tomb in Hemudu, Zhejiang Province, dating back some 8,000 years ago.
“The stunning archeological research shows that people at that time had the demand for music and arts,” says China’s premier flutist Tang Junqiao,
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Photo: kunst fur alle: Monet, Waterloo Bridge
The mighty Thames River, a mess in the 1950’s, is back. It was declared biologically dead then and now it has won the esteemed International Thiess River Prize for good river management.
The historic (dare we say iconic) river beat out China‘s Yellow River, Australia‘s Hattah Lakes and Russia’s Smirnykh Rivers Partnership to win the $350,000 prize.
Photo: indymedia.org.au: Hattah Lakes, Australia
The prize money will be spent on further restoration work and a project to twin the Thames with a river in the developing world which also needs restoration.
Hurrah for the Thames: the numbers of fish are increasing, with 125 different species recorded, with salmon as well as otter and sea trout populations returning. In the last five years, 400 habitat enhancement projects have been completed and nearly 70 km of river has been restored or enhanced. This includes changing concrete channels back into naturally flowing streams.
It is quite a coup for the environmental agency looking after the river, since there are 13 million people living along it and there is quite a bit of industry as well. The chemical quality of the river has improved from 53 percent in 1990 to 80 percent in 2008 so that almost 80% of the Thames is now judged to have good or very good water quality.
Previous winners of the prize include Lake Simcoe, in Ontario, the Danube (!) and the Chengdu Sha River, China.
And the other contenders? The Hattah lakes in Australia are ravaged by drought and are part of a system of semi-permanent freshwater lakes within Australia’s Murray Darling Basin.