Monday, October 24, 2005

Horus made of shell
This post concerns just one item from the exhibition From Myth to Life: Images of Women from the Classical World, shown as a photograph on the above web page. However, it is a remarkably beautiful item that I have never seen shown elsewhere and I thought others would like to see it: “The exhibition's show-stopper is a carved shell from Phoenicia, miraculously intact, that was a boudoir treasure, something precious for a dressing table. Its tip has been fashioned as the head of Horus, an Egyptian god popular with Phoenicians who took the form of a protective hawk, a winged home-security system so to speak”

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