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Magical pendant, 3rd - 4th century AD (gold & heliotrope) Featured Antiquities Image

Magical pendant, 3rd - 4th century AD (gold & heliotrope)

3036872 Magical pendant, 3rd - 4th century AD (gold & heliotrope) by Roman; length: 4.1 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The outer edge of the plain bezel with a fringe of granulation, a suspension loop above, the flat oval stone engraved with Chnoubis, the lion-headed serpent with a coiled tail, the head within a rayed nimbus, a Greek inscription naming the deity, XNOVBIC, dispersed between the rays, a crescent and star in the field to the left, all enclosed within a line border and an inscription, IAWCABAWTHABPACASMIXAHLEW, a series of magical names including Iaw, Sabaoth, Abrasax and the archangel Michael, followed by "I am," the convex reverse with a two-line inscription, OVPIHL COVPIHL, for the two archangels Uriel and Suriel, framed by stars, with an off-center perforation); Photo A© Christie's Images; out of copyright

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Nome Gods Bearing Offerings, c.1391-1353 BC (painted limestone) Featured Antiquities Image

Nome Gods Bearing Offerings, c.1391-1353 BC (painted limestone)

499892 Nome Gods Bearing Offerings, c.1391-1353 BC (painted limestone)
by Egyptian 18th Dynasty (c.1567-1320 BC); 66x133 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA; (add.info.: These blocks from a temple wall have preserved their original painted decoration to a remarkable degree. The four portly figures in the lower register bear emblems on their heads identifying them as nomes, or provinces, of ancient Egypt. Carrying trays heaped with offerings and leading sacrificial animals, they personify the bounty of the land. First (on the right) is the Oryx Nome, followed by the Dog Nome, the Falcon Nome, and the Double Scepter Nome.
The face of each nome figure is a miniature portrait of Amenhotep III, and each recites a speech in the king's name. The first figure says, "King Nebmaatra [Amenhotep III] has come, bringing to you every good thing that is in this land, that you may give him all life, stability, dominion, and all health from you." The second, third, and fourth figures bring "all greens," "the produce of the Two Lands [Upper and Lower Egypt], "and" all offerings and provisions." The god to whom the nomes bring offerings stood in the fragmentary upper register, facing a standing figure of the king, Amenhotep III. The pair of legs on the right belonged to the god; the single foot on the left belonged to the king. The god held a scepter, forked at the bottom, embellished with coils of rope (for eternity), tadpoles (for hundreds of thousands), and notched palm ribs (for years), the whole signifying "an eternity of hundreds of thousands of years."
These blocks may be from Amenhotep III's temple at Kom el-Ahmar, ancient Hebenu, in Middle Egypt, dedicated to the god Horus. Hebenu was the capital of the Oryx Nome, which leads the procession of nome gods. Amenhotep III's temple was later dismantled, and its blocks were reused in the foundations of another structure, which would account for the excellent preservation of the paint.
Egypt, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18 (1540-1296), reign of Amenhotep III
); John L. Severance Fund; Egyptian, out of copyright

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Shawabty Box of Ditamenpaankh, 715-656 BC (painted wood) Featured Antiquities Image

Shawabty Box of Ditamenpaankh, 715-656 BC (painted wood)

490756 Shawabty Box of Ditamenpaankh, 715-656 BC (painted wood) by Egyptian 25th Dynasty (780-656 BC); 29.7x15.4x31.5 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA; (add.info.: High demand for shawabtys in the Late Period, a time when as many as 400 or more shawabtys were placed in the tomb with the deceased, gave rise to a specialized container for storing them: the shawabty box. This example is inscribed for the lady of the house, Ditamenpaankh, and was probably one of a pair originally made for her. The single-masted boat on the box's lid is perhaps an allusion to the pilgrimage of the deceased to the holy city of Abydos, the cult city of Osiris, king of the dead. The shawabtys inside are crude, mass-produced examples cast in an open mold. Made of terracotta, their blue paint imitates more costly shawabtys made of faience. As for the shawabty spell, it has been removed from its traditional location on the shawabty's front and relocated onto the sides of box, where it needed only to be written once, thus expediting production.
); Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust; Egyptian, out of copyright

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