Tag Archives: Egypt

1878: Pyramid

Ivan Aivazovsky: The Great Pyramid of Giza (1878)

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11th Century: Map of the World

This world map is from a 12th or 13th century copy of an anonymous 11th century Egyptian cosmology entitled The Book of Curiosities of the Sciences and Marvels for the Eyes. The book includes diagrams of celestial bodies as well … Continue reading

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1805 BC: Game of Hounds and Jackals

A board game from the reign of Amenemhat IV (c. 1814–1805 BC) (source)

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331 BC: Jars

Limestone Canopic Jars (Ptolemaic Period, 332 – 31 BC). After mummification, the viscera of the individual were stored in jars for the afterlife: Duamatef—the jackal: the stomach. Hapy—the baboon: the lungs. Imsety—the human: the liver. Qebehsenuf—the falcon: the intestines. Click … Continue reading

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3650 BC: A Bowl with Human Feet

Egypt – Bowl with Human Feet (ca. 3900–3650 BC) (source)

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1481: Astrolabe

The only surviving spherical astrolabe was purchased at auction in 1962 by the Oxford Museum of the History of Science. It is signed by its maker, Mūsa (the Arabic equivalent of Moses), who is otherwise unknown—but the particular style of  … Continue reading

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2140 BC: Head

Head of an Egyptian statuette in the Penn University artifact lab (2374-2140 BC) (source)

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