The grammar of ornament by Owen Jones. The variety of ancient Egyptian ornaments and decorations.
The fairy tale of Princess Hotaru-himé.
The “floating” Torii gate at Miyajima or Itskushima (“Island of Light”)
A fitting representation of power, symbolical of sovereignty, mysterious and omnipotent in its influence, is Tatsu
Benten, or Benzaiten, is one of the Seven Divinities of Good Fortune. Patron of the family and of the sea.
Chinese dragon and its cultural significance, in mythology and folklore.
Aztec skull mask covered with blue and red mosaic from Mexico.
The Shi chi fuku Jin (七福神 shichifukujin) or seven Patrons of Happiness.
Decorative motives of oriental art by Katherine M. Ball. The dragon in Asian art and culture.
ODIN, Wuotan, or Woden was the highest and holiest god of the Northern races.
Racinet's Costume History is an invaluable reference for students, designers, artists, illustrators, and historians; and a rich source of inspiration for anyone with an interest in clothing and style. Originally published in France between 1876 and 1888, Auguste Racinet’s Le Costume historique was in its day the most wide-ranging and incisive study of clothing ever attempted.
Covering the world history of costume, dress, and style from antiquity through to the end of the 19th century, the six volume work remains completely unique in its scope and detail. “Some books just scream out to be bought; this is one of them.” ― Vogue.com