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January 31 2018

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A Dull Afternoon” – An Original Drawing By Edward Gorey
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March 26 2017

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A pencil drawing [by Queen Victoria] showing the head of Lord Alfred Paget's dog Diver. She is shown facing left in profile.

Inscribed below: Diver, from recollection Saturday Eve Jan 12 1839 BP VR.

Diver was half Newfoundland and half retriever and also went by the name Mrs Bumps.

Diver from recollection - dated Jan 12 1839 -- Royal

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March 03 2015

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Big giant scarab statue at the Temple of Karnak, thanks to King Amenhotep III aka Amenhotep The Great

December 04 2014

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" Unreal Estate " by Tim Doyle

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November 03 2014

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Egyptian blue — a bright blue crystalline substance — is believed to be the first unnatural pigment in human history. Ancient Egyptians used a rare mineral, cuprorivaite, as inspiration for the color. Cuprorivaite was so rare searching and mining for it was impossible. Instead, using advanced chemistry for the time, Egyptians manufactured the color. It was made by mixing calcium compound (typically calcium carbonate), a copper-containing compound (metal filings or malachite), silica sand and soda or potash as a flux, then heating to between 850-950 C.

Egyptian blue was widely used in ancient times as a pigment in painting, such as in wall paintings, tombs and mummies’ coffins, and as a ceramic glaze known as Egyptian faience.  Its use spread throughout Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and the far reaches of the Roman Empire. It was often used as a substitute for lapis lazuli, an extremely expensive and rare mineral sourced in Afghanistan. After the decline of the Roman Empire, though, Egyptian Blue quickly disappeared from use.

I hope Philosophy-in-Blue sees this. #very blue

August 07 2014

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Nifty cow statue - Cairo Museum

From a non-nifty website covered in adverts so I’ve spared you a link.

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Black granite statue of Sekhmet from Thebes, 14th century BCE. The statue was inscribed in the 10th century BCE with the cartouches of King Sheshonq I.

Illustration from Geraldine Pinch’s book Ancient Egyptian Magic

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Amuletic bangle in gold and silver, c. 2000-1800 BCE. The protective symbols include wedjat eyes, djed pillars and ankh signs. Also shown are a turtle, snakes, baboons, falcons, hares and the horned mask of the goddess Hathor.

Illustration from Magic in Ancient Egypt, a book by Geraldine Pinch

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Part of The Book of the Dead of Ankhwahibre, c. 6th century BCE. It shows the main amulets used on a mummy and the spells that went with them. Next to the mummy (far right) are the djed pillar and the tyet knot. Thoth (left) is opening the gates of the underworld to let in the four winds.

Illustration from Magic in Ancient Egypt, a book by Geraldine Pinch

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Sandstone conglomerate statue of Khaemwaset: depicted wearing a short wig and kilt and standing with left foot advanced and holding two standards: the right (now damaged) was probably surmounted by a representation of the Osirian triad and is inscribed with the prenomen and epithets of Ramses II; the left is surmounted by the fetish of Abydos and inscribed with the nomen and epithets of Ramses II. The inscription around the base contains a prayer to Atum and that around the feet of the figure describes describing the setting up of this monument in Ta-Wer, probably at Abydos. There are two vertical registers of hieroglyphs on the dorsal pillar, continued on both the right and left sides, contain a prayer to Osiris.

British Museum

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Sandstone conglomerate statue of Prince Khaemwaset, a son of Ramses II. He initiated so many restorations of ancient monuments, a number of Egyptologists consider him the first member of their profession.

This statue now lives at the British Museum - pic from wikipedja

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Sandstone conglomerate statue of Prince Khaemwaset, 13th century BCE. He was a son of Ramses II, who became High Priest at Memphis. This statue probably comes from Abydos.

Illustration from Geraldine Pinch’s book Magic in Ancient Egypt

August 06 2014

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V pretty Alabaster (Calcite) lidded non-canopic (thank you, clioancientart!) jar bearing Amenhotep III’s names and titles

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Ostrakon showing a baboon eating figs

From Thebes, Egypt
19th Dynasty, around 1200 BCE

Sketch on a limestone chip in red and black

This is a particularly fine example of a figured ostrakon, one bearing an image as opposed to having been used to write text. Unlike many, which are drawn in black outline only, the decoration on this ostrakon is additionally coloured with brownish-red paint. It shows a baboon eating figs from a dish on a stand, with a jar to the right.

Baskets of figs, bread and other foodstuffs were sometimes included among the burial goods in tombs, to provide food for the deceased in the Afterlife. They were also shown on offering tables in the decoration of the tomb. The artist’s familiarity with this subject might explain the precise and quite formal appearance of this part, while the baboon is drawn in a more sketchy manner.

The scene may simply be intended to show a humorous subject, though it may have a deeper significance. Baboons were sacred to the lunar god Thoth, and their dawn howling was seen as the greeting that these creatures of the moon gave to the rising sun. Thoth was sometimes represented as a baboon, and these animals were mummified and dedicated to him.

C. Singer and others, A history of technology, vol. I (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1954)

T.G.H. James, Egyptian painting and drawing (London, The British Museum Press, 1985)

S. Quirke and A.J. Spencer, The British Museum Book of Ancient Egypt (London, The British Museum Press, 1992)

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July 21 2014

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Cheshire Cat Remix - Signed
The original art for this blotter was done by James Clements using Prisma Color pencils. This blotter features crisp, bright coloring….

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Alice and Cheshire Cat by Irina Dumina

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July 15 2014

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It’s beautifully drawn and looks like a house from my ‘hood! XD

#Second Empire
#well done


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