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Minoan Art
Definition by 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
Article by 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
Definition by 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...
Urartu Art
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Urartu Art

The art produced by the Urartu civilization, which flourished in ancient Armenia, eastern Turkey, and northwestern Iran from the 9th to 6th century BCE, is best seen in bronze figurines of deities, bronze cauldrons with animal and goddess...
Naukratis
Definition by 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...
Teishebaini
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Teishebaini

Teishebaini (aka Tesebaini, modern Karmir-Blur, near Yerevan, Armenia) was an important fortress city of the Urartu civilization and excavations at the site, largely undisturbed since its abandonment c. 590 BCE, have provided an invaluable...
Minoan Snake Goddess, Knossos.
Image by 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)
Image by Jennifer Brown

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...
Vase Inscribed with the Cartouches of Amenhotep II
Image by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

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...
Egyptian Broad Collar
Image by Liana Miate

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...
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