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Canopic Chest for the Mummified Organs of Pamin Painted Wood; Eqypt, Ptolemaic Period, 330 B.C. - 30 B.C.

Canopic Chest for the Mummified Organs of Pamin Painted Wood; Eqypt, Ptolemaic Period, 330 B.C. - 30 B.C.

The late 18th dynastry papyrus of Nakht from Thebes.  The illustrations show scenes from the afterlife and an agricultural paradise called the 'Field of Reeds.  From the collection at the British Museum, London, England.

The late 18th dynastry papyrus of Nakht from Thebes. The illustrations show scenes from the afterlife and an agricultural paradise called the 'Field of Reeds. From the collection at the British Museum, London, England.

The Greenfield Papyrus, c. 940 BCE. Found Deir el Bahri, Egypt. "One of the longest and most beautifully illustrated manuscripts of the ‘Book of the Dead’ to have survived. It was made for a woman named Nestanebisheru, the daughter of the high priest of Amun Pinedjem II. As a member of the ruling elite at Thebes, she was provided with funerary equipment of very high quality. This scene is a symbolic representation of the creation of the world."

The Greenfield Papyrus, c. 940 BCE. Found Deir el Bahri, Egypt. "One of the longest and most beautifully illustrated manuscripts of the ‘Book of the Dead’ to have survived. It was made for a woman named Nestanebisheru, the daughter of the high priest of Amun Pinedjem II. As a member of the ruling elite at Thebes, she was provided with funerary equipment of very high quality. This scene is a symbolic representation of the creation of the world."

✮ A relief of men carrying myrrh trees to Egyptian ships in Punt

A Relief Of Men Carrying Myrrh Trees

LUCKY CHARMS OF BIRTH CONTROL Perhaps the earliest form of contraception, amulets and charms with reputed powers to prevent conception were used for thousands of years -- granted, with little success. The above left example from ancient Egypt was designed to open and close the womb with a special "key" engraved on the front.

LUCKY CHARMS OF BIRTH CONTROL Perhaps the earliest form of contraception, amulets and charms with reputed powers to prevent conception were used for thousands of years -- granted, with little success. The above left example from ancient Egypt was designed to open and close the womb with a special "key" engraved on the front.

Egyptian relief of an official                					Old Kingdom. 6th Dynasty, 2311-2140 BC

Egyptian relief of an official Old Kingdom. 6th Dynasty, 2311-2140 BC

Relief, probably from a naos, depicting the god Khnum fashioning mankind (and all living creatures) with clay on his potter’s wheel  						Highly polished granite  32,5 x 35,5 cm  Egypt, 30th dynasty, 380-343 BC

Relief, probably from a naos, depicting the god Khnum fashioning mankind (and all living creatures) with clay on his potter’s wheel Highly polished granite 32,5 x 35,5 cm Egypt, 30th dynasty, 380-343 BC

Stelae  		  		  			  			  			  		  			Stelae painted with various deities.   		  		  		  			  			  			  			  			  			  			  			  			  			  			  			  			    			Wood with polychrome pigments.   Egypt, Third Intermediary Period.

Stelae Stelae painted with various deities. Wood with polychrome pigments. Egypt, Third Intermediary Period.

Relief from Tomb of Ti: This low relief scene of everyday life comes from the tomb of Ti at Saqqarah. It was carved between 2494-2345 BCE. (Photo Credit: The Frederic Soltan/Sygma/Corbis)

Relief from Tomb of Ti: This low relief scene of everyday life comes from the tomb of Ti at Saqqarah. It was carved between 2494-2345 BCE. (Photo Credit: The Frederic Soltan/Sygma/Corbis)

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