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Head of Queen Arsinoe III 217 - 203 B.C. Hellenistic-Ptolemaic Carved marble with traces of red pigment
St. Andrew Kim Taegon
(1821-1846) Patron Saint of Korea; Martyr; First Korean Priest
He was only 25 years old when he was tortured and then beheaded by 12 soldiers who sliced Saint Andrew Kim’s neck with their swords. After eight sword strikes, Saint Kim’s head was severed.
“This is my last hour of life, listen to me attentively: if I have held communication with foreigners, it has been for my religion and for my God. It is for Him that I die. My immortal life is on the point of beginning. Become Christians if you wish to be happy after death, because God has eternal chastisements in store for those who have refused to know Him.” ~ St. Andrew Kim Taegon
“The Korean Church is unique because it was founded entirely by laypeople. This fledgling Church, so young and yet so strong in faith, withstood wave after wave of fierce persecution. Thus, in less than a century, it could boast of 10,000 martyrs. The death of these many martyrs became the leaven of the Church and led to today’s splendid flowering of the Church in Korea. Even today their undying spirit sustains the Christians of the Church of Silence in the north of this tragically divided land.” - Pope John Paul II at the canonization of Andrew in 1984
The Lavery Electric Automatic Phrenometer whirrs into action, August 1907. It supposedly measured the activity of the brain, but in actuality it studied the bumps on one’s head with hopes to gain insight about their personality. This is the portable version. (from Getty Images’ book "Decades of the 20th Century—1900s" by Nick Yapp, scanned by WeirdVintage)