Fish nº17 of the #dailyfishchallenge is a rather peculiar "menina". The maids of honour in the famous painting from 1656 by Diego Velázquez were described as "meninas" (which actually means "little girl" in Portuguese) by a contemporary historian. Just about every Spanish ceramicist today will have done meninas at some time or another, because they are popular collectibles in the same way that some people will collect owls or astrological signs.

Fish nº17 of the #dailyfishchallenge is a rather peculiar "menina". The maids of honour in the famous painting from 1656 by Diego Velázquez were described as "meninas" (which actually means "little girl" in Portuguese) by a contemporary historian. Just about every Spanish ceramicist today will have done meninas at some time or another, because they are popular collectibles in the same way that some people will collect owls or astrological signs.

classic whale and colossal squid encounter - g. (there is another more romantic naming for this)

classic whale and colossal squid encounter - g. (there is another more romantic naming for this)

Asaroton, from Aquileia, Italy. It paved the hall of a wealthy family's home, circa 100 BC

Asaroton, from Aquileia, Italy. It paved the hall of a wealthy family's home, circa 100 BC

Constantine S. Rafinesque's list of specimens collected during a field trip in 1818. He visited various locations in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, New York, and the District of Columbia.

Constantine S. Rafinesque's list of specimens collected during a field trip in 1818. He visited various locations in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, New York, and the District of Columbia.

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