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
The Grand Circle Just as every point along the equator is 6,215 miles from both the North and South Poles, every point along this circle of ancient sites is 6,215 miles from two axis points on Earth. Many ancient sites such as the Ziggurut of Ur, the Pyramids of Giza, and the cities of Petra and Persepolis lie along this 'grand circle'. (The equator in ancient times?)
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.