Traditional Japanese Woodblock female by pond
'Utagawa Toyokuni (1769, Edo - February 24, 1825, Edo) was born as the son of a puppet maker. He learned printmaking as a student of Toyoharu. At the beginning of his career he concentrated on bijin-ga - images of beautiful women. Toyokuni's success and fame came when he started making yakusha-e or actor portraits and actor scenes. This image dated 1861 and shows a actor and is probably the right hand side of a triptych of Bando Hikosaburo the famous actor. The female figure stands by a pond adorned with the tall Iris flowers, her clothing mirrors the colour scheme and forms part of my own private collection of original woodblock prints.'
Ciliary body, SEM
Ciliary body. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a section through an eye to show a partial view of the structures of the front of the eye, as seen from within the eyeball. The ciliary body (across upper and centre frame) forms a ring between the iris (lower centre) and the choroid (the inner surface of the eyeball). The iris (green) surrounds the pupil (out of shot off bottom). The ciliary body joins to ligaments that hold the lens in place behind the iris. The lens has been removed here. The ciliary body also contains the ciliary muscle that is contracted to alter the curvature of the lens and focus light on the retina. Magnification: x20 at 6x6cm size.
© Steve Gschmeissner/Science Photo Library
Stories from Virgil - Iris Appearing to Turnus
Iris appearing to Turnus, a scene from “Stories From Virgil” by the Reverend Alfred J. Church, M.A., with illustrations from the designs of Bartolomeo Pinelli (1781 – 1835). Published by Seeley, Jackson & Halliday, London, in 1879. The goodess Juno sends Iris, the goddess of the rainbow, to visit Turnus, who is leader of the Rutuli, to inform him that Aeneas is absent from his camp. Eventually, Aeneas killed Turnus and founds a city which later becomes Rome.
© Digitally restored by Linda Steward - Copyright Linda Steward