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Maitland-Smith Bronze Monkey Card or Candle Holder.  Singerie.  Philippines

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    Singerie, a visual arts depiction, can be found back in ancient Egypt but more popular in France over the last couple of centuries.  The word – singerie – is the name given to a visual arts genre depicting monkeys imitating human behavior.  Such monkeys are often… Continue reading

Authentic Cartonnage Fragment Winged Isis. Coffin linen.  Circa 300 B.C. Papyrus.  Ancient Egypt 

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  Cartonnage is an Egyptology and Papyrology term used to describe plastered layers of fiber or papyrus . . . flexible enough (when wet) to mold around irregular surfaces such as a body, cases, coffins, masks during the funerary process.  Such a finished flat surface allowed for painting of… Continue reading

Large Egyptian Obelisk Statue.  Incense Container.  Hieroglyphs.  Egypt.

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    Egyptian tapered monolithic pillars (obelisks) were erected in pairs at the entrances of ancient temples.  Often carved out of one piece of stone – usually granite from Aswan – they were covered in alloys of gold and silver.  All four sides were embellished with hieroglyphics, … Continue reading

Antique SilverMix Handicraft Box.  Footed Metalwork.  Container.  Persia.  Cairo Egypt

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    Egyptians used silver as early as the Predynastic Period (ca. 4400–3100 B.C.) and was important – as was gold – for personal ornaments and decorative/religious objects in Egypt through Roman times.   Since Egypt essentially had no silver from its lands, sources were from neighboring countries specifically Persia… Continue reading

Stone Scorpion Scarab.  Amulet.  Paperweight.  Figure.  Heliopolis.  Egypt.

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    This large amulet is not really a scarab, even though the scorpion is strongly associated with scarabs.  The reason is that scorpions are common on the belly side of scarab beetle figures.   Scorpions like this are associated with the Egyptian goddess of Serket.  She was… Continue reading

Marble Falcon of Horus.  Hand Carved.  Statue.  Figure.  Nile Valley, Aswan, Egypt

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    The Falcon of Horus – wearing the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt – is an image of divine kingship. The king was associated with the sky god as the “Living Horus,” and he was thought to represent the rule of the gods on earth. Horus is… Continue reading

Vintage Relief Khepri Scarab. Hand carved. Paperweight.  Atum.  West Nile Delta Egypt.

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      Khepri was the god of creation, the movement of the sun, and rebirth.  This large replica of an authentic and ancient scarab.  It was hand carved near the city of Sais, in the West Nile Delta.   Ancient Egyptians believe that scarabs (beetles) came out… Continue reading

Wall and Shelf Plaque.  Aten.  Atenism.  Ra.  Akhenaten.  Sun / Sky God. Cone Heads.  Cast stone.

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    Ancient Egyptian paintings, coffins, masks, scrolls and other art are cluttered with images of worshipers with pointed cones on their noggins . . .  using offering something to above them.  Many of those worshipers were pregnant.   Even with these cone heads appearing all over ancient… Continue reading

Cool Bookends.  Egyptian Queen Isis.  Pair.  Stone Composite. 

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    With the image of Isis (aka Aset) – a major goddess in ancient Egyptian religion whose worship spread throughout the Greco-Roman world – these two bookends are cast in a stone composite material and stained to resemble a light green and gold patina.   Isis – known as… Continue reading

Pharaonic Painting on Clay Fragment.  Aswan. Egypt.

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    Original and authentic pieces from ancient Egypt are almost impossible to acquire at a reasonable price.  And there are the issues of importing, exporting, authentication and language.   With that said, here is an item that is old but not necessarily ancient.   This painting depicts an… Continue reading
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