Category: Imagery & Symbolism


Hieroglyphs: An Introduction to the Ancient Egyptian Writing System

A Brief History of Hieroglyphs We owe the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs to the French scholar and founding figure of Egyptology, Jean-François Champollion, and his decoding of the Rosetta stone, in the 1820s. Featuring both hieroglyphs and demotic (as well as Greek), the stone depicts two stages in Egypt’s written and spoken history. The Ancient  … Read more

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The History and Mythology of Gemstones in Ancient Jewellery

Jewellery has been worn by ancient cultures around the world for thousands of years. In ancient Egypt both men and women were great lovers of jewellery and adorned themselves with a profusion of charms and amulets. Jewellery also showed wealth and status and offered protection from evil. Although the Egyptians had access to many precious  … Read more

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The Lotus Flower in Chinese Culture

The lotus is one of the most important flowers in Chinese culture. It has been the subject of numerous art creations such as poems, paintings and ceramics. The Lotus in Taoism and Buddhism The lotus is a sacred symbol in both Taoism and Buddhism. In Taoism, the lotus blossom is the holy flower and the  … Read more

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A New Kouros: The Influence of Greek Art on Gandharan Statues

The Gandhara art refers to the artistic production, mainly represented by reliefs in stone or clay, documented in the Northwest of the Indian subcontinent, northern Pakistan, and in Afghanistan, starting from the Ist Century BC till the 4th -5th Century AD. This production is characterized by being almost exclusively related to the Buddhist religion: Gandhara  … Read more

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The Significance of Carnelian in Ancient Egyptian Culture

Ancient Egyptian Jewellery Amongst Ancient Egyptian jewellery the most common material is faience. It was used, in a variety of colours, largely to imitate more expensive stones and materials. It was cheap to produce and thus was used by lower classes to emulate the same qualities more expensive materials had. It is important to note  … Read more

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How Ancient Egyptian Shabtis and Funerary Statuettes Watched Over the Dead

What were shabtis? In ancient Egypt, shabtis were funerary statuettes placed in the tombs and used to accompany the deceased in the afterlife. They appeared at the end of the First Intermediate period. A shabti was a small human figurine who would perform a given task in the afterlife for the deceased, and therefore would  … Read more

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How Ancient Art Influenced Modern Art

From the masters of the Renaissance such as Botticelli, Michelangelo and Caravggio to the Romantic painters of the 19th century, the art of ancient Greece and Rome has inspired artists for over 2,500 years. Art History shows how every stylistic and aesthetic innovation bases its roots on the artistic productions of the previous centuries. The  … Read more

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