Offerings to the Goddess HATHOR 18th Dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Tomb Wall Plaque For Sale
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Offerings to the Goddess HATHOR 18th Dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Tomb Wall Plaque:
This gorgeous, stunning Egyptian wall plaque is a unique piece of handcrafted art
It is a reproduction of the original Tomb Mural, Offering of Wine to Isis in Hathor Headdress
The original piece, which inspired this, was uncoveredon the wall of the tomb of Horemheb in Thebes.It was 18th Dynasty period, roughly 3500 years oldKing’s Valley 57, Western Thebes, Valley of the Kings
The End of An Era
KV57 is the tomb of the last pharaoh of the Amarna Period, Horemheb, located in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. It was discovered in 1908 by the English Egyptologist, Edward Ayrton, who was working for Theodore M. Davis, an American lawyer who funded excavations in the Valley of the Kings between 1902 and 1914.
KV57 is notably different from the other royal tombs of the Amarna Period because the decoration is painted bas-relief rather than painted walls. The layout is also different, representing a transition from the bent axis plan, characteristic of the 18th Dynasty, to the straight axis plan, characteristic of the royal tombs of the 19th and 20th Dynasties.
This mural is remarkably naturalistic for a formal ancient Egyptian painting, when most such art was uniformly rigid and stylistic. By this period of human history, the realistic art of earlier millennia, such as the animals seen in prehistoric cave paintings and the humans in the Saharan rock art had given way to stiff symbolism in the official art of dynastic Egypt.
However, we can see in the figures of this particular mural some rudimentary shading and other characteristics that would eventually progress to truly natural representation of the human form in later Greek and Roman times and beyond. In this example of ancient Egyptian art we sense naturalism stirring, yearning to break free of symbolism.
The decoration within KV57 is unfinished – the only completely finished areas are the well chamber and the antechamber, both of which contain images of Horemheb with a vast variety of gods and goddesses. In the burial chamber of Horemheb’s tomb, passages from the Book of Gates appear for the first time, indicating a change in the way the sun’s nightly journey was viewed by the ancient Egyptians.
The variety of deities depicted within Horemheb’s tomb indicate the move away from the Atenist religion of the Amarna Period and the return to the more formal traditional religious beliefs and practices of the following Ramesside Period.
The painting in the tomb is, in part, based on a grey-blue background, and is filled with vibrant colours which give it staggering beauty.Height measures approx 10.5 inches7.5 inches wideThickness of 1 cmWeight approx 2 lbs
Its quite solid so make sure that your wall can bear the weight before hanging it