From the new featured topic, National treasures of Japan
, and also a new featured picture this week: part of the set of five 12th-century hanging scrolls
, Extermination of Evil
, depicting benevolent deities who expel demons of plague. All five are now featured on the English Wikipedia. This scroll was originally part of a handscroll that was cut into sections after World War II. The text on the scroll explains the acts of the god in exterminating evil—symbolised by the divine insect
, a euphemism for the silkworm that takes the form of a moth here. Courtesy of the Tokyo National Museum, Emuseum
and held in the Nara National Museum
This week's "Featured content" covers Sunday 25 September – Saturday 1 October
From the new featured article, Manchester Ship Canal
, the 1891 painting by Benjamin Leader of the construction of the canal. The painting focuses on the building of Eastham Docks (see this link
for more information
Elias Boudinot, the director of the US Mint, had the engraver Robert Scot
redesign the reverse of the Turban Head eagle coin, from the new featured article.
An adult female colugo in Singapore; this species is a living relative of the subject of the new featured article, Dermotherium
* National treasures of Japan (nom) was promoted, with 13 featured lists and one good article. Reviewers were extravagant in their praise of the candidate. National treasures are the most precious of Japan's tangible cultural properties, as determined and designated by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. A tangible cultural property is considered to be of historic or artistic value, classified either as "buildings and structures", or as "fine arts and crafts". Each national treasure must show outstanding workmanship, a high value for world cultural history, or exceptional value for scholarship.
The topic comprises articles on the following topics: castles, residences, shrines, temples, ancient documents, archaeological materials, crafts, paintings, sculptures, Chinese books, Japanese books (nominators Bamse and Truthkeeper88). pictures at the top and the right
Ten articles were promoted to featured status:
* Manchester Ship Canal (nom), a major feat of Victorian engineering and still one of the largest ship canals in the world, just a little shorter than the Panama Canal, which was completed 20 years later. (Malleus Fatuorum and Parrot of Doom) picture at right
* Turban Head eagle (nom), an early US coin, struck from 1794 to 1804. The nominator, Wehwalt, says the story "captures the primitive conditions of the US Mint in the early days; George Washington plays a far from insignificant role in the story." picture at right
* Astraeus hygrometricus (nom), is a star-shaped mushroom also known as the the barometer earthstar. The nominator, Sasata, says, "in a recent mushroom-collecting foray a few weeks ago I was fortunate to find dozens of these earthstars growing on a sandy bank outside a mixed forest in the Saskatchewan north. Naturally, I had no choice but to buff up the article." picture at right
* Dermotherium (nom), an extinct genus believed to belong in the family of colugos, a small group of gliding mammals from the forests of Southeast Asia closely related to the primates, containing two living species. Unfortunately, colugos have one of the poorest fossil records of all mammalian orders. The subject of this article are the fossil colugos discovered, including the only unambiguous fossil colugo ever to have been described. It is known from a handful of teeth and pieces of jaw from 25–35 million year old fossil sites in southern Asia. (Ucucha) picture at right
* George II of Great Britain (nom) (1683–1760), a native German-speaker and the last British monarch born outside Great Britain. (DrKiernan)
* 1991 Perfect Storm (nom), a nor'easter that absorbed Hurricane Grace and ultimately evolved into a small hurricane late in its life cycle, but which reached its peak intensity as a large and powerful cyclone that lashed the east coast of the US; it killed 13 people and caused many hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to property and infrastructure. (Juliancolton)
* Happy Chandler (nom) (1898–1991), a man who went from state senator to lieutenant governor to governor to U.S. Senator to Commissioner of Baseball and back to governor. "Chandler was a seriously busy nonagenarian who influenced Kentucky politics for the better part of six decades, says the nominator, Acdixon.
* Fairfax Harrison (nom) (1869–1938). The nominator, Ealdgyth says, for once from her, "something other than a bishop or a horse. So ... I present to you, an American lawyer, railroad executive, and historical writer. (See if you can figure out WHY I wrote about him?)"
* George Hirst (nom) (1871–1954), who the nominator Sarastro1, says "was a Yorkshire cricketer who played before the First World War, setting some pretty unrepeatable records and impressing everyone with what a nice chap he was. He was a very good all-rounder who was one of the first cricketers to deliberately make a cricket ball swing when it was bowled; this is currently the number-one weapon in top-level cricket. He later became a very respected coach who worked successfully with both Eton schoolboys and very rough-and-ready Yorkshire cricketers."
* Chester A. Arthur (nom) (1829–86), the 21st President of the United States, succeeding Garfield after the assassination. Arthur struggled to overcome suspicions of his beginnings as a politician from the New York City Republican machine, succeeding at that task by embracing the cause of civil service reform. (Coemgenus)
Two featured articles were delisted:
* Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949 (nom: prose, comprehensiveness, referencing, neutrality and MOS compliance)
* Tuberculosis (nom: referencing)
Six images were promoted. Please click on "nom" to view medium-sized images:
* Brazilian rice rat (nom; related article), rare and recently discovered. Reviewer Casliber said, "nice use of fill-in flash for an elusive little critter that I am sure was hard to photograph". (created by Luís Funez).
* Indian Palm Squirrel (nom; related article), which can be easily domesticated and kept as a pet (any takers?). It is found naturally in India (south of the Vindhyas) and Sri Lanka. In the late 19th century, the species was accidentally introduced into Western Australia, where it has since become a minor pest that is actively eradicated. "Fantastic resolution, cute critter", said reviewer Crisco. (created by User:Muhammad Mahdi Karim).
Four images were featured from a set of five scrolls designated as a National Treasure of Japan in the paintings category. This means that all five images from the original set of five 12th-century hanging scrolls, Extermination of Evil, are now featured. They appear in the related article, Extermination of Evil. Created by an unknown artist, they are just a small part of the rich array of treasures included in the new featured topic above.
* Vaisravana (nom; related article)
* Shinchu (nom; related article) picture at the top
* Shoki (nom; related article)
* Sendan Kendatsuba (nom)