By Marilynn Host
So much historic cultures used gourds in each element of lifestyles. adorning gourds is everybody's favourite craft, as you will see from the greater than two-dozen diverse initiatives proven the following. A convenient consultant tells you the place to discover or purchase gourds, and the way to arrange them. Then use your easily-learned talents with leather-dye, egg-dye, spray and acrylic paint, wax shoe polish, d?coupage, airbrush, waxed linen, dyed raffia, and beads. pick out your initiatives: garage bins for foodstuff, medication, herbs, seeds, oils, jewellery, or even sacred items. flip dipper gourds into ladles, bowls, and cooking utensils, or create musical tools resembling thumb pianos, harps, banjos, drums, and rattles, in addition to quite a few mask, rings and necklaces, piggy banks, chook feeders, birdhouses, toys, candleholders, and luminaries.
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78 Moreover, the disproportionally high levels of imports (including luxury items) for an agricultural economy indicate that the island must have generated some considerable income from an external source. One of the key results of this study is to show how Crete was able to generate an income surplus through its role as a trade facilitator. The nature and extent of farming in Roman Crete is, however, unclear; if large-scale farms were in operation, they must have been confined to the plains. Raab’s study of the Akrotiri Peninsula79 suggests that, unlike in much of the rest of Crete, agricultural estate practices revolving around a central villa residence did occur in this area.
26 Three Hellenistic mosaics are certainly known (66, 76, 142)27 and two possible examples (67, 77–9). 30 Westgate’s discussion of the evidence of domestic architecture from Classical and Hellenistic Crete highlights the diversity and uniqueness of the style rather than the old view of residences inferior to those in the rest of Greece. 34 Regarding the historical source explanations for Rome’s intervention, it is fair to say that Crete prospered by its inclusion in the empire. 35 The main attraction of Crete for Rome is likely to have been its location and as such its potential as an economic resource.
Areas such as Knossos (Fig. 59 The free-standing barrel-vaulted tombs which dominate the slopes of Lissos (Fig. 11) are found only on the south coast of the island. These types appear in the Isola Sacra cemetery in Ostia, and they are also found in Cilicia. It is not possible to link them with a specific population group,60 but their presence on the south coast may be indicative of the early contact that the south had with the West (and possibly with the East) through trade routes. More recent work at the Lissos cemetery has focused on classifying the tombs.
Gourd Crafts for the First Time by Marilynn Host