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Circular Collection

"Circular: Unveiling the Timeless Patterns of History and Nature" Step into a journey through time, where circular motifs have left an indelible mark on our world

Background imageCircular Collection: Mandala of Chakrasamvara, c1400. Creator: Unknown

Mandala of Chakrasamvara, c1400. Creator: Unknown
Mandala of Chakrasamvara, c1400. Chakrasamvara, a semi-wrathful Buddha, is represented in dark blue at the centre, united with his female partner, the red Vajravarahi

Background imageCircular Collection: Medieval urine wheel

Medieval urine wheel. Labelled in Latin, this 15th century diagram shows some of the possible colours of urine (outer edge of circle) to help doctors diagnose urine-related diseases

Background imageCircular Collection: Colour wheel

Colour wheel. A colour wheel is a representation of the primary, secondary and tertiary colours. This colour wheel is based on blue, red and yellow (primary colours)

Background imageCircular Collection: Rolex precision watches 1937

Rolex precision watches 1937
A selection of womens wristwatches for Rolex, Oyster watch that is waterproof, dustproof, anti magnetic and unbreakable glass. Products for Army & Navy catalogue. Date: 1937

Background imageCircular Collection: Fra Mauro map (1460). The Fra Mauro Map orientation (South at the top). is considered

Fra Mauro map (1460). The Fra Mauro Map orientation (South at the top). is considered
Fra Mauro map (1460). The Fra Mauro Map orientation (South at the top).is considered the greatest memorial of medieval cartography. by the Venetian monk Fra Mauro

Background imageCircular Collection: Whole Earth (Blue Marble 2000)

Whole Earth (Blue Marble 2000)
Whole Earth. Composite satellite image of Earth centred on the Americas. This is Blue Marble 2000, one of the most detailed Earth images ever made

Background imageCircular Collection: Full Moon

Full Moon. The Moon appears full when it is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun during its orbit, when it presents its full sunlit face to Earth

Background imageCircular Collection: Large circular aerial at RAF Chicksands, a communications centre operated by the U

Large circular aerial at RAF Chicksands, a communications centre operated by the U.S. Air Force, near Shefford, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageCircular Collection: Suffragette W. S. P. U Badge and Ribbon

Suffragette W. S. P. U Badge and Ribbon
A circular tin badge with green border, white centre and purple lettering - W.S.P.U Votes for Women. Attatched to the badge is a piece of purple, white and green satin ribbon. Date: circa 1908

Background imageCircular Collection: Neptune, Voyager 2 image

Neptune, Voyager 2 image
Neptune. Neptune is a gas giant, composed mostly of hydrogen and helium with some methane. Seen at centre is the Great Dark Spot, thought to be a hole in the methane cloud deck of Neptune

Background imageCircular Collection: Earth from space, satellite image

Earth from space, satellite image
Earth from space. Satellite image showing North and South America as seen from 35, 000 kilometres above the Earths surface. North is at top and the Moon is at upper right

Background imageCircular Collection: Suffragette W. S. P. U Badge Sylvia Pankhurst

Suffragette W. S. P. U Badge Sylvia Pankhurst
Badge issued by the Womens Social & Political Union with design by Sylvia Pankhurst. This circular tin badge in purple, green and white, shows a young woman

Background imageCircular Collection: Balanced diet

Balanced diet, computer artwork. A balanced diet shown as segments of a pie. The pie shows what proportion of the diet should be made up of each of the major food groups

Background imageCircular Collection: Colour wheel, by Robert Arthur Wilson

Colour wheel, by Robert Arthur Wilson. The artist gave a BBC radio broadcast in May 1920 on Colour: its meaning and use, logic, mystery, symbolism and power. 1919

Background imageCircular Collection: Phaeton, from The Four Disgracers, 1588. 1588. Creator: Hendrik Goltzius

Phaeton, from The Four Disgracers, 1588. 1588. Creator: Hendrik Goltzius
Phaeton, from The Four Disgracers, 1588

Background imageCircular Collection: All the Saints, 1778, by Zografi brothers

All the Saints, 1778, by Zografi brothers. National Museum of Medieval Art. Korce. Republic of Albania

Background imageCircular Collection: Amazing Stories Scifi Magazine Cover with Hidden Lunar City

Amazing Stories Scifi Magazine Cover with Hidden Lunar City
HIDDEN CITY by Chesters Geier. Two spacemen spot a hidden circular city rising out of a crater on a seemingly deserted moon Date: 1947

Background imageCircular Collection: Sunrise with a Buddha Statue with the Hand Position of Dharmachakra Mudra in Borobudur, Magelang

Sunrise with a Buddha Statue with the Hand Position of Dharmachakra Mudra in Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java
Borobudur, or Barabudur, is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. This temple is the worlds largest Buddhist temple

Background imageCircular Collection: Aurora over Antarctica, satellite image

Aurora over Antarctica, satellite image
Aurora over Antarctica, ultraviolet satellite image. Australia is at upper left. This is the aurora australis (green ring), the southern lights display

Background imageCircular Collection: Earth

Earth. Satellite image of the Earth, centred on Antarctica. The South Pole is at centre. Water is blue, vegetation is green, arid areas are brown, and snow and ice are white

Background imageCircular Collection: Autumnal Scene with Fairy & Blackberries

Autumnal Scene with Fairy & Blackberries
An autumnal folklore scene with a fairy, dressed in blue, sat amid the visible roots of a silver birch tree, holding a delicious-looking blackberry

Background imageCircular Collection: Aerial image of Badbury Rings, an Iron Age hill fort, Dorset, England, United Kingdom

Aerial image of Badbury Rings, an Iron Age hill fort, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageCircular Collection: Jam doughnut

Jam doughnut

Background imageCircular Collection: Trench Art Lighter, WW1

Trench Art Lighter, WW1
Round Trench Art lighter with officers button on either side

Background imageCircular Collection: The Fountain, Wilton, Wiltshire - Inauguration ceremony

The Fountain, Wilton, Wiltshire - Inauguration ceremony. The large circular water trough and fountain sit beside the A30, now just inside the River Wylye recreation field

Background imageCircular Collection: Firefighters in display at Lambeth HQ, London

Firefighters in display at Lambeth HQ, London
Firefighters in a display at Lambeth HQ, London, on 28 July 1937, following a presentation of certificates for bravery by Mr E Cruse, Chairman of the London Fire Brigade Committee

Background imageCircular Collection: Jupiter with moons and their shadows

Jupiter with moons and their shadows
Jupiter and its moons, infrared Hubble Space Telescope image. This image shows a rare alignment, in which two moons are visible on the face of Jupiter

Background imageCircular Collection: Light echoes from exploding star

Light echoes from exploding star
Light echoes from an exploding star. Hubble Space Telescope image of an illuminated dust shell around the star v838 Monocerotis

Background imageCircular Collection: Planetary nebula

Planetary nebula NGC 6751. Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image of the planetary nebula NGC 6751. A planetary nebula is formed when a Sun-like star ejects its outer layers at the end of its life

Background imageCircular Collection: St. Peters Square, Vatican, Rome, Lazio, Italy, Europe

St. Peters Square, Vatican, Rome, Lazio, Italy, Europe

Background imageCircular Collection: Poster advertising a Dance Festival in the USSR

Poster advertising a Dance Festival in the USSR
Poster advertising a Dance Festival in Moscow and Leningrad, USSR, 10 to 20 June 1936

Background imageCircular Collection: Liverpool Roman Catholic Cathedral

Liverpool Roman Catholic Cathedral
Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, 1962-7, with earlier crypt by Lutyens. IoE 359118

Background imageCircular Collection: Blaise Castle

Blaise Castle
Sham Castle c1766, set within the magnificent Blaise Estate, Bristol. IoE 379730

Background imageCircular Collection: Christmas card in the shape of a banjo

Christmas card in the shape of a banjo. circa 1890s

Background imageCircular Collection: Bar inside a martello tower, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

Bar inside a martello tower, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
View of a stylish circular bar which was built inside a martello tower at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. Martello towers were small defensive forts

Background imageCircular Collection: Acrosphaera radiolarian, SEM

Acrosphaera radiolarian, SEM
Acrosphaera radiolarian. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the shell of a Acrosphaera sp. radiolarian. Radiolaria are single-celled protozoans that are found in marine plankton

Background imageCircular Collection: Avebury ring

Avebury ring, aerial photograph. The circles of standing stones and the henge (ditch) at Avebury date from about 2500 BC. The entire site encompasses some 28 acres and comprises a perimeter ditch

Background imageCircular Collection: Vitruvian man with flare in chest

Vitruvian man with flare in chest
Vitruvian man with flare across his chest, conceptual computer artwork. Leonardo da Vincis famous anatomical sketch is shown here with a bright flare across his chest

Background imageCircular Collection: Australia, satellite image

Australia, satellite image
Australia. Satellite image of the Earth, set against a background of stars, centred on the island continent of Australia. North is at top. Clouds (white) are seen in the atmosphere

Background imageCircular Collection: Homeric cosmogony

Homeric cosmogony. Map of the Earth based on the myths and knowledge of the Ancient Greeks at the time of Homer (1st or 2nd millennium BC)

Background imageCircular Collection: Annular solar eclipse, artwork

Annular solar eclipse, artwork. An eclipse occurs when the Moon passes in front of the Sun. Here, the Moon is at a distant point in its orbit

Background imageCircular Collection: Full Moon

Full Moon. The dark grey areas are the lunar seas, which formed early in the Moons history as lava (molten rock) flowed into large impact craters and solidified

Background imageCircular Collection: Orbit of Sputnik 1, Soviet 1957 diagram

Orbit of Sputnik 1, Soviet 1957 diagram
Orbit of Sputnik 1. Diagram showing the Earth orbits possible for different spacecrafts. Sputnik 1, the first spacecraft ever to reach Earth orbit, was launched on 4 October 1957 by the Soviet Union

Background imageCircular Collection: Solar prominence

Solar prominence, ultraviolet SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) satellite image. The prominence (top right), is a dense cloud of plasma, or ionised gas

Background imageCircular Collection: State Penitentiary at Stateville, Joliet, Illinois, USA

State Penitentiary at Stateville, Joliet, Illinois, USA
Interior view of a cell block at the Illinois State Penitentiary at Stateville, near Joliet, Illinois, USA. The prison was designed using the panopticon principle promoted by Jeremy Bentham

Background imageCircular Collection: Pratts Motor Oil

Pratts Motor Oil
A circular enamel sign advertising Pratts Motor Oil. *EDITORIAL USE ONLY*

Background imageCircular Collection: Titanic lifebelt

Titanic lifebelt
A canvas-covered circular lifebelt with the words RMS TITANIC LIVERPOOL on it. Date: 1912

Background imageCircular Collection: Circular countryside scene

Circular countryside scene
A watercolour painting by Malcolm Greensmith showing a typical English rural countryside setting of a half-timbered cottage set amid fields, surrounded by fauna in the shape of a passing Cuckoo



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"Circular: Unveiling the Timeless Patterns of History and Nature" Step into a journey through time, where circular motifs have left an indelible mark on our world. From medieval urine wheels to precision watches, these captivating circles reveal fascinating stories that transcend eras. In 1937, Rolex introduced their precision watches, showcasing the impeccable craftsmanship enclosed within a perfect circle. These timepieces became icons of accuracy and elegance, standing as testaments to human ingenuity. Centuries earlier, the Fra Mauro map (1460) challenged conventional cartography by orienting South at the top. This bold circular depiction defied norms and expanded our understanding of geography in ways unimaginable before. Zooming out from Earth's surface, we encounter the mesmerizing Whole Earth image captured by Blue Marble in 2000. This breathtaking photograph showcases our planet as a harmonious sphere suspended in space—a reminder of its interconnectedness and fragility. Exploring further into celestial realms brings us face-to-face with Neptune's enigmatic beauty through Voyager 2's image. Its swirling blue atmosphere captivates us with its mysterious allure—a testament to nature's ability to create awe-inspiring circular wonders beyond our imagination. Back on Earth, RAF Chicksands boasts a large circular aerial—an emblematic structure representing communication and connectivity among nations during critical times. The full moon graces our night sky with its luminous presence—its perfectly round shape evoking wonderment since ancient times when humans gazed up at it for guidance or inspiration. Delving into history reveals symbols of resistance like Sylvia Pankhurst's Suffragette W. S. P. U Badge—a small yet powerful circular token embodying women's fight for equality and justice. The accompanying ribbon serves as a reminder of their unwavering determination throughout this struggle. Artistic expressions also find solace in circles.