Far from home
The Gallery is an occasional Signpost feature highlighting quality images and articles from Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons based on a particular theme, as well as an article you could help improve. This week, we feature subjects that are "far from home".
Cleopatra's Needle, an Egyptian obelisk created during the reign of Pharoah Thutmose III (1479–1425 BCE). It was taken to London in 1878, where it was erected on the Victoria Embankment of the River Thames.
A bronze coin depicting Roman Emperor Constantius II (317–361) found in Yecheng in northwestern China. It is a tangible example of Sino-Roman relations which occurred throughout the history of the Roman Empire and Han dynasty China. Aside from the occasional attempt at direct contact, most of the contact occurred through long-distance trade of goods like silk and glassware.
The Isle of Graia as depicted by David Roberts (1796–1864): Roberts was a Scottish painter persuaded by J. M. W. Turner to visit Egypt and the Near East to document the cultures and locations there. His series of lithographs from his journey are now considered iconic views from the time.
Fatata te Miti (By the Sea), an 1897 painting. It is a masterpiece of artist Paul Gauguin, who permanently abandoned his life and family in his native France to live and paint in French Polynesia.
The Vince Memorial Cross on Ross Island. It was erected during the Discovery Expedition (1901–1904) to Antarctica to commemorate Seaman George Vince, who fell off a cliff during the expedition and whose body was never found.
The protective cover of the Voyager Golden Record, a phonograph record that was included aboard both Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977. It contains sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, intended for an audience of intelligent extraterrestrial life. In 2012, Voyager 1 became the first man-made object to reach interstellar space; Voyager 2 is expected to do so around 2016.
Article for improvement: A Long Way Gone, a start-class article on a Quill Award-nominated memoir depicting the life of Ishmael Beah, a Sierra Leonean child soldier. Specifically, the article could use some additional citations.
- And an editorial note from Go Phightins!: It's a good book too, so read it after you improve the article!