jueves, 28 de abril de 2016
Painting from the Wardian tomb, depicting a saqia ( sakkiyeh ) or water wheel driven by two oxen. Reputedly developed by scientists at the famous Library of Alexandria, the device utilised gears to convert the circular motion of the animals into rotation of the vertically positioned water wheel. Detail. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: Roman Period, probably mid 2nd C AD. Place of Origin: Alexandria. Material Size: Plaster, pigments. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Graeco-Roman Museum, Alexandria, Egypt. Location: 83.
Bronze figure of an oxyrhynchus, the fish said to have eaten the phallus of Osiris when Seth dismembered the god and cast his body in the Nile. The fish, depicted here wearing the uraeus crown and with kneeling votary, was sacred in the town of Oxyrhynchus, capital of the 19th Nome of Upper Egypt. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: Late period c. 6th - 4 th C BC. Material Size: bronze, l = 16 cms. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/Sold at Christie's, 1998 . Location: 49.
Fragment of a polychrome tomb-painting representing Nebamun, standing in a small boat, fowling and fishing in the marshes, his wife stands behind and his daughter sits beneath, he holds a throw-stick in one hand and three decoy herons in the other, his cat is shown catching three of the numerous birds which have been startled from the papyrus-thicket, fish are shown beneath the water-line, eight vertical registers of hieroglyphs remain.