Herbert Maryon (1874–1965) was an English sculptor, conservator,
goldsmith, archaeologist and authority on ancient metalwork. Maryon was
the first director of the Arts and Crafts–inspired Keswick School of
Industrial Art, then taught at the universities of Reading and Durham
until 1939. During this time he designed the University of Reading War
Memorial, excavated one of the oldest gold artefacts in Britain, and
authored the standard Metalwork and Enamelling. Maryon left retirement
to join the British Museum, and is best known for his conservation work
on the Sutton Hoo ship-burial, including restorations of the shield, the
drinking horns, and the iconic Sutton Hoo helmet. In other work he
restored a Roman helmet, coined the term pattern welding, and wrote a
paper influencing a painting by Salvador Dalí. Maryon was appointed to
the Order of the British Empire in 1956; asked by Queen Elizabeth II
what he did, Maryon responded: "Well, Ma'am, I am a sort of back room
boy at the British Museum.".
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Sue Takafusa, a retainer of the Ōuchi clan in western Japan,
led a coup against the daimyō, Ōuchi Yoshitaka, leading to the
latter's forced suicide.
Second World War: General Władysław Sikorski became the first
prime minister of the Polish government-in-exile.
American film actor James Dean suffered fatal injuries in a
head-on car accident near Cholame, California.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (Greek mythology, Roman mythology) Of or relating to Pluto, the Greek
and Roman god of the underworld; demonic, infernal.
2. (by extension) Of, relating to, or having characteristics associated
with the underworld; dark, gloomy; mournful.
3. (by extension, geology) Synonym of plutonic (“of or pertaining to
rocks formed deep in the Earth's crust, rather than by volcanoes at the
surface of the Earth”)
4. (by extension, geology, historical) Synonym of plutonic (“of,
pertaining to, or supporting plutonism, the theory that the rocks of the
Earth were formed in fire by volcanic activity, with a continuing
gradual process of weathering and erosion, then deposited on the sea
bed, re-formed into layers of sedimentary rock by heat and pressure, and
raised again”) [...]
5. (astrology) Pertaining to the astrological influence of Pluto,
formerly regarded as a planet.
6. (astronomy) Of or relating to the dwarf planet Pluto.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
If it were proved to me that in making war, my ideal had a chance
of being realized, I would still say "No" to war. For one does not
create human society on mounds of corpses.
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