Indian, Rajasthan, early 19th century
This coat has been covered with the scales of the pangolin or scaly anteater (Manis crassicaudata). The scales have been decorated in gold, and the larger have been used where more protection is required.
Terry Pratchetts sword of meteorite metal
It is a Hindu custom, when a person’s foot accidentally touches a book or any written material (which are considered as a manifestation of the goddess of knowledge Saraswati) or another person’s leg, it will be followed by an apology in the form of a hand gesture with the right hand, where the offending person first touches the object with the finger tips and then the forehead and/or chest.
si sikander approved
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