Tuesday, 8 June 2010
ABC Wednesday U for Umbrella
An umbrella or parasol (also called a brolly, rainshade, sunshade, gamp or bumbershoot) is a canopy designed to protect against rain or sunlight. The term parasol usually refers to an item designed to protect from the sun, and umbrella refers to a device more suited to protect from rain. Often the difference is the material; some parasols are not waterproof. Parasols are often meant to be fixed to one point and often used with patio tables or other outdoor furniture. Umbrellas are almost exclusively hand-held portable devices; however, parasols can also be hand-held. Umbrellas can be held as fashion accessories.Umbrellas were already used in many ancient countries.
A Terracotta Army carriage with an umbrella securely fixed to the side, from Qin Shihuang's tomb, c. 210 BCE.
Indian fresco painting, c. 700
A painting of Chancellor Pierre Séguier with a parasol hoisted above his head, by Charles Le Brun, 1670.
Woman with a parasol, by Édouard Manet, 1881.
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