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(About Death) Thinking (Canaanite Figurine)

What’s on this Canaanite fellow’s mind? The main body of the decorative figurine is formed out of the neck of a Bronze Age pottery jug, to which the arms, legs, and head were added. He’s almost 4,000 years old, uncovered at … Continue reading

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Watching Block Statue (Ancient Egypt Middle Kingdom)

In the Christian west, devotion tends to be identified with the erect figure of the orant who extends his or arms towards the heavens in an act of supplication. Compare in contrast this fellow from ancient Egypt, Middle Kinddom. With its … Continue reading

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Fishing & Duck Hunt (Ancient Egypt Middle Kingdom)

Another little vignette of daily life in Middle Kingdom ancient Egypt. Again, to get a good sense of the liveliness of this scene, you need to zoom into the action on this smart model sporting boat. Unlike so much ancient … Continue reading

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Life and Death at Work in Ancient Egypt (Middle Kingdom)

No god-like king with his calm and arrogant gaze presides over the busy and buzzing little scene of daily life at work in this Middle Kingdom ancient Egyptian slaughter house. A bird’s eye view gives a good sense of the whole, … Continue reading

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Kings (Ancient Egypt, Middle Kingdom)

Art historians going back to Winckelmann in the 18th C. typically held up Greek art over Egyptian art. Greek art represented the apex of humanism, in contrast to Egyptian art, which was hieratic and static. Recently on view at the … Continue reading

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Body Viscus Goes Inside Canopic Jars (Ancient Egypt, Middle Kingdom)

According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, these canopic jars “were made to contain the four internal organs removed during the mummification process (stomach, liver, intestines, lungs). Earlier examples had flat or domed lids, but human-headed lids were introduced by … Continue reading

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(In A Box) Dead Wannabe Pharaoh (Middle Kingdom)

Such a sad thing, this dead guy stuck in a box for the rest of time with nothing to do. He’s not stretched flat on his back, in state, as it were. What accentuates the presentation of this figure’s vulnerability … Continue reading

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