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El “Dodecaedro romano”. Un artefacto enigmático del s. II

Tenemos conocimiento de ellos desde el s. XVIII y aún no sabemos su utilidad.

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Dodecaedro romano encontrado en las cercanías de Frankfurt

El primer dodecaedro romano se encontró en Inglaterra en 1739, desde entonces han aparecido más de cien en distintos puntos de Europa (sobre todo en Alemania y Francia), y aún no se ha podido determinar el propósito de su fabricación dada la escasa información que hay sobre ellos.

Son objetos huecos con forma de dodecaedro de entre 4 y 11 cm. Fabricados en su mayoría de bronce, (aunque algunos son de piedra),cuyas caras tienen agujeros de distinto diámetro decoradas con circunferencias grabadas alrededor y pequeñas esferas en los vértices.

Réplica de un dodecaedro romano. MJ2Artesanos. Detalle

Se estima que datan de entre los siglos II o III dC y puesto que algunos han sido encontrados junto a monedas enterradas, se tiende a suponer que eran objetos valiosos.

Hay poca información acerca de ellos y son muchas las hipótesis acerca de para qué se fabricaron sin que haya acuerdo entre la comunidad científica sobre ninguna de ellas.

Es sorprendente que no se haya encontrado referencia a ellos en las representaciones artísticas de la época aunque Plutarco escribió en el s.I que representaban el zodíaco (doce caras, doce símbolos). Parece que esa explicación no convence a la comunidad científica.

Entre las hipótesis que se barajan se encuentran utilidades tan dispares como instrumentos de medición, algún objeto de uso militar, soporte para velas (parece que se han encontrado restos de cera en alguno de ellos), dados para algún tipo de juego, calendarios para calcular las fechas de siembra, e incluso hace poco surgió la teoría de que servían para tejer guantes.

Os recomiendo este artículo de Mentalfloss que profundiza más en estas teorías:

The Mysterious Bronze Objects That Have Baffled Archaeologists for Centuries

Cuando supimos de la existencia de estos objetos pensamos que sería algo bonito de reproducir y aquí está el resultado.

Está impreso en 3D. Modificado y pintado a mano para conseguir el aspecto que deseábamos.

Réplica de dodecaedro romano. Mj2artesanos

Ya está disponible en nuestra tienda:

http://www.mj2artesanos.es/es/home/106-dodecaedro-romano.html

Micro stand. Caduceus. Sarah Evil

Each new project for a micro stand is exciting because we make something unique for the costumer.
This time Sarah asked us for a silver caduceus-shaped stand (with the exception that the heads were dragons instead of snakes).

Imagen: Wikipedia. Usuario Rama

From there, as we always do, we were in contact with her to let her know how the process was and what was being done. This way we are sure that the final result will be of the costumer’s liking and she will involved in a job that will only be for her.

Many times people asks us how much for the same stand than they have seen on our blog. We always answer the same. We do not make duplicates, each one is manufactured according to the costumer’s premises, and if it is not very clear, we do our best to help you and find something personal. (Except in the case of the Bon Jovi replica, which is a collectible item, not a costumization for a singer).

This was the result:

Rear

Dragon’s head

And here our friend Sarah the first day she used it:

Here is her facebook page so you can know this great artist from Salamanca:

https://www.facebook.com/SarahEvilMetalHardRock/

 

The first Jissaw puzzle in the History


The history of the puzzles goes back to the second half of the s. XVIII when the cartographer and engraver John Spilsbury created for educational purposes, around 1767, the first puzzle of history by sticking one of its maps on a wooden board and cutting the countries by the borders.

Some sources point out that these first puzzles were created for the entertainment and education of the Prince of Wales (later George IV), whose education was in charge of Lady Charlotte Finch. Although there is evidence that she

El primer puzzle de la historia que se conserva en la British Library. J. Spilsbury 1767 http://www.bl.uk/learning/timeline/item104695.html

had some of these puzzles, it can not be specified if they were an order of her.

Spilsbury was the first to commercialize the product, initially intended for upper classes, with several models of maps. From the world, Europe, Asia, Africa, America, England and Wales, Ireland and Scotland.

These maps were a great educational resource and they were continued using for it until the s. XX in which the use of the puzzles was popularized for recreational purposes.

The reproduction that we show you is of the map “Europe divided in its kingdoms” of which a copy in the British Library is conserved.

The original has 50 pieces, of which 5 (Scotland, the Channel, the Netherlands, Corsica and Sardinia) have been lost, and the Gulf of Finland is damaged.

We have replaced these pieces by “blank maps” so that the map is complete but respecting the “historical” void of the pieces.

We have made it like the original, sticking the map on a board and cutting the borders with a saw.

Approximate measurements are 44 x 47 cm and its presented in a wooden box.

It is available in our online store.

More information:

http://www.juguetessomosnosotros.com/juguetes/el-primer-puzzle-de-john-spilsbury/
http://www.bl.uk/learning/timeline/item104695.html