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Detail of ceremonial chariot. The falcon Horus carries the solar disk engraved with the winged scarab, the God Khépri, symbol of the rising sun and resurrection and a giver of life. Amarna type of sun (hieroglyph: The Key to Life). Beetle is the cyclic symbol of the sun and resurrection. He is the sun rising from itself, which comes from God. The beetle carries the huge ball of the sun between its legs, as the sun god returns shadows of the night. The beetle is day and night.

Carved black limestone statue of Bes, the Egyptian bandy-legged, dwarf deity with a lion's ears, mane, and tail. Bes is usually depicted as a bearded, savage-looking, yet comical figure, believed to guard against evil spirits and misfortune. Dirt patina. Ptolemaic. 305-30 BC

Period: Neo-Assyrian Date: ca. 8th century B.C. Geography: Mesopotamia, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu, IRAQ) Culture: Assyrian 1958, excavated by Sir Max Mallowan on behalf of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; ceded to the British School of Archaeology in Iraq in the division of finds; acquired by the Museum in 1959, purchased from British School of Archaeology in Iraq

Statue, Wadjet (?) Period: Late Period Dynasty: Dynasty 25–26 Date: ca. 712–525 B.C. Geography: Egypt Medium: Bronze or copper all

Abydos, Carving, Egypt Pharaoh wearing the blue war crown and getting the breath of life from the ankh held by one of the gods of Egypt.

Statuette of Amun, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 22, ca. 945–715 B.C. Egyptian Gold

Outer coffin of Queen Merytamun (M10C 119). Photograph by Harry Burton, 1929. Archives of the Egyptian Expedition, Department of Egyptian Art.

1st-2nd century A.D.Egypt Bronze with gold and glass inlay This palm (joining piece) of a ceremonial fan depicts a royal baldachin (canopy over a throne) atop an umbel, the flower section of the papyrus plant. On the back of the palm are sockets for three ostrich plumes. The lower end is made to fit onto a long staff. Goddesses holding feathered fans flank the pharaoh seated beneath the canopy.

Nimrud (Kalhu): Detail of a relief showing the head of a 'winged genius'. King Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BC) The carving once decor-ated a reception room in the Royal Palace built by the king in his new capital city on the banks of the Tigris river.

∆ .. Ur-Nammu stele. Sumerian holy city Ur, hometown of the Patriarch Abraham was first settled from around 5000 BC. Ur flourished again in the time of the Third Dynasty of Ur in the 21st century BC which saw the final flowering of Sumerian achievement. The founder of this dynasty Ur-Nammu built a great Ziggurat