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In the year of the dragon. Where is the tomb of the dragon? (Continuation of the ending and P.S.).

Vasily Beregovoi • Drawings and illustrations, 2024
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Subject and objects: Literary scene
Technique: Pencil
Materials: Paper
Date of creation: 2024
Region: Luts'k
Location: Vasily Beregovoi

Description of the artwork «In the year of the dragon. Where is the tomb of the dragon? (Continuation of the ending and P.S.).»

...There is another system of notation, where for missing digits they use not A and B, but T (from English ten, ten) or D (from Latin decem, French dix, ten) or X (Roman ten), as well as E (from English eleven, eleven) or O (from French onze, eleven). In addition, in the West they sometimes use an inverted two instead of A ( , U+218A ↊ turned digit two) and an inverted three instead of B ( , U+218B ↋ turned digit three). The number 12 could be a very convenient base of the number system because it is divisible by 2, 3, 4, and 6, while the number 10, the base of the decimal number system, is divisible by 2 and 5. The duodecimal numbering system has been preserved in Russian language - we say "dozhina" to designate 12 items, and in the XX century many items, particularly cutlery, were counted as dozens. Tableware is traditionally sold in sets for 12 or 6 persons. The origin of the 12-digit number system is undisputed - it is a finger phalangeal counting, in which the thumb of the hand counts each phalanx of the four fingers of the same hand. Twelve-finger phalangeal counting is common in India, Indochina, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Egypt. Therefore, presumably, the duodecimal numbering system originated in ancient Sumer, and later was used in Assyria and Babylon to divide day and night into 12 equal parts (called "danna"), which is convenient due to the compatibility of the duodecimal numbering system with the hexadecimal one (12 is a divisor for 60). They also divided the ecliptic into 12 "beru", 30° each. And in ancient Egypt the light and dark times of day were divided into 12 parts of different duration. At present, the duodecimal number system is used by the people of Tibet. Some peoples of Nigeria also use the duodecimal number system nowadays. There is also a hypothesis that up to 12 was counted sitting down, curling not only the 10 fingers of the hand, but also the 2 toes of the foot. Although this may have happened when Europeans had to deal with eastern duodecimal counting. In ancient Rome, the standard fraction was the ounce (Latin uncia) - 1⁄12 of a part. The duodecimal system is found in the English ("imperial") system of measures still in use today, 1 inch = 1⁄12 foot. English coins were also based on it until 1968: 12 pennies (pence) equaled one shilling. Germanic languages have separate numerals for 11 and 12, such as English eleven (11) and twelve (12). In Proto-Germanic, however, the words ainlif and twalif (literally "one on the left" and "two on the left"), suggest decimal counting. The transition to the duodecimal number system has been proposed many times. In the 18th century, its proponent was the famous French naturalist Buffon. During the Great French Revolution, the "Revolutionary Commission on Weights and Measures" was established, which considered such a project for a long period of time, but through the efforts of Lagrange and other opponents of the reform, the case was curtailed. In 1944, The Dozenal Society of America (DSA) was organized, and in 1959 - The Dozenal Society of Great Britain (DSGB), which united active supporters of the eponymous number system. However, the main argument against it has always been the huge cost and inevitable confusion during the transition. An element of the duodecimal system in modern times is counting in dozens. The first three degrees of the number 12 have their own names: 1 dozen = 12 pieces; 1 gross = 12 dozen = 144 pieces; 1 mass = 12 gross = 144 dozen = 1728 pieces. To the convenience of duodecimal notation can be attributed the greater (in comparison with the decimal system) number of divisors of the base 12: 2, 3, 4, 6. In practice, the duodecimal system (in mixed form) is now ubiquitous in clocks"; the second character in the line consists of two characters: 1) at the top "Maya Digit One. The character "Mayan Digit One" is part of the "Numbers Used by Mayan Peoples" subsection of the "Mayan Numerals" section and was approved as part of Unicode version 11.0 in 2018", 2) bottom: "Mayan Digit Six. The character "Mayan Digit Six" is part of the "Numbers Used by Mayan Peoples" subsection of the "Mayan Numerals" section of "Mayan Numerals" and was approved as part of Unicode version 11.0 in 2018", from this he concluded that the second character in the string is the digit "7"; the third character in the string is the same "Arabic Math Ha with loop" - the digit "8"; and the last fourth character in the string: "Mayan numeral one." So all together the inscription was translated: "A (or 2) 8781". To it was attached a hollow compound damaged figure of a dragon, serving apparently as a handle of a wooden vessel, with possibly lost horns and wings because there were holes in their place. To be continued.
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