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Minoan Snake Goddess, Knossos.
Imageby Mark Cartwright

Minoan Snake Goddess, Knossos.

Faience figurine of the Minoan Snake Goddess - her dominion was over nature and fertility. New-Palace period (1600 BCE). Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete.
Egyptian Beadnet Dress (Detail)
Imageby Jennifer Brown (Jaunting Jen)

Egyptian Beadnet Dress (Detail)

Egyptian, Dynasty 4, Reign of Khufu, 2551 - 2528 BCE, faience and gold. This beadnet dress is the earliest surviving example of a garment with the lozenge pattern. This pattern is frequently used when depicting women's clothing in Egyptian...
Egyptian Broad Collar
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Egyptian Broad Collar

Egyptian broad collar in Faience (wesekh). 11th Dynasty, about 2040-1985 BCE. Deir el-Bahari, Egypt. From The British Museum, (photo taken at The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia) The broad collar is one of the most characteristic...
Cup in the Shape of Lotus
Imageby Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Cup in the Shape of Lotus

Faience cup in the shape of a lotus blossom. From Egypt, precise provenance is unknown. New Kingdom, 1540-1290 BCE. (The Neues Museum, Berlin, Germany).
Vase Inscribed with the Cartouches of Amenhotep II
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Vase Inscribed with the Cartouches of Amenhotep II

This faience vase was inscribed with cartouches of the birth (nomen) and throne (prenomen) names of the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep II. New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reign of Amenhotep II, 1427-1400 BCE. Probably from the Valley of the Kings...
Glazed Polychrome Tile from Tell el-Yahudieh
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Glazed Polychrome Tile from Tell el-Yahudieh

This decorative tile of glazed faience originally ornamented the walls of a palace of King Ramesses III at Tell e-Yahudieh in the Egyptian Delta. This (and other tiles) would once have been included in symbolic friezes illustrating Egypt's...
Minoan Art
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Minoan Art

The art of the Minoan civilization of Bronze Age Crete (2000-1500 BCE) displays a love of animal, sea, and plant life, which was used to decorate frescoes and pottery and also inspired forms in jewellery, stone vessels, and sculpture. Minoan...
Azulejos: The Visual Art of Portugal
Articleby Kim Martins

Azulejos: The Visual Art of Portugal

Glazed blue ceramic tiles or azulejos are everywhere in Portugal. They decorate the winding streets of the capital, Lisbon. They cover the walls of train stations, restaurants, bars, public murals, and fountains, churches, and altar fronts...
Uluburun Shipwreck
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Uluburun Shipwreck

The Uluburun shipwreck is a Bronze Age vessel discovered lying off the coast of Kas, Turkey. The ship, probably originally from Phoenicia/Canaan, dates to between 1330 and 1300 BCE and was carrying a full cargo of trade goods, perhaps from...
Naukratis
Definitionby Adriana Dunn

Naukratis

Naukratis (also spelled Naucratis, and known as Nokraji to the ancient Egyptians) was a city in Lower Egypt, located in the Canopic (or western) branch of the Nile delta, which became a powerful trading port between the Egyptians and the...
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