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21st century skills BC

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  • earth crust pie chart

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  • Eye of Horus (wedjat) mold

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    Eye of Horus (wedjat) mold

    1186–1070 B.C.

    Dimensions

    Length x Width: 2.5 x 2.2 cm (1 x 7/8 in.)

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    Pottery

    Classification

    Tools & equipment, Molds

    Accession Number

    88.991

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    The Ancient World More Info

    Description

    Oval red clay mold for a wedjat eye. One edge of the mold is chipped.

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  • Pendant

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    Pendant

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    Other: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.)

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    Pottery

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    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

    Accession Number

    72.2820

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    The Ancient World More Info

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    Pottery; gray-blue; glazed; ring at top; incised details.

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  • Pendant

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    Pendant

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    Length: 2.4 cm (15/16 in.)

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    Faience

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

    Accession Number

    72.2861

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    The Ancient World More Info

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    Pottery; blue; glazed; somewhat incrusted; back flat and plain; ring at top and bottom.

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  • Scarab

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    Scarab

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    Legacy dimension: .010 Length: .007 W.

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    Pottery

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    Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids

    Accession Number

    72.3164

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    The Ancient World More Info

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    Pottery: turquoise-blue; no glaze; incised details on back; incised hieroglyphics on lower face; hole lengthwise; good condition.

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  • Amulet of Horus

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    Amulet of Horus

    About 1070–30 B.C.

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    Length: 3.1 cm (1 1/4 in.)

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    Faience

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

    Accession Number

    72.1932

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    The Ancient World More Info

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    A number of Egyptian gods are portrayed as falcon-headed humans, making it difficult to identify those without distinguishing crowns. However, when the god wears the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt he is almost certainly Horus. This amulet of pale green glazed faience shows a full-length, striding figure of the god, wearing the double crown of kingship. It is pierced at the back for suspension.

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  • String of amulets

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    String of amulets

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    Length: 15 cm (5 7/8 in.)

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    Faience

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    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

    Accession Number

    72.476

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    String of amulets.

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  • Shawabty

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    Shawabty

    1550–1070 B.C.

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    Height x width x depth: 16.1 x 6.3 x 4.4 cm (6 5/16 x 2 1/2 x 1 3/4 in.)

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    Stone

    Classification

    Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes

    Accession Number

    72.754

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    The Ancient World More Info

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    Deep red flesh, black wig; white priming on body; horizontal bands of hieroglyphs on body; crossed arms; stone hidden by coating of paint.

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  • Model vessel

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    Model vessel

    760–332 B.C.

    Dimensions

    Overall: 5.3 x 5.6 x 5.6 cm (2 1/16 x 2 3/16 x 2 3/16 in.)

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    Faience

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    Vessels

    Accession Number

    72.1417

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    Blue-green glaze; handle broken off, missing; crackle pattern; rim broken; fair preservation; wide opening, with black stripes on rim with rim partially chipped off.

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  • Rosette disc

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    Rosette disc

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    Diameter : 1.6 cm (5/8 in.)

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    Faience

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment

    Accession Number

    72.1623

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    The Ancient World More Info

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    Rosette disc with blue glaze on a faience base; the back is flat with two channels and the top has a rosette design; there is a hole on each side of the disc.

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  • Tablet with cuneiform inscription

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    Tablet with cuneiform inscription

    2245 B.C.

    Dimensions

    Overall: 37 x 31 x 19 mm (1 7/16 x 1 1/4 x 3/4 inches)

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    Clay

    Classification

    Inscriptions

    Accession Number

    21.1356

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    The Ancient World More Info

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    Clay tablet, fastened to a basket or container (?). Sumerian cuneiform inscription: obscure - dated in the 28th year of Shulgi, the second king of the Third Dynasty of Ur. Broken.

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  • Inscribed cylinder

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    Inscribed cylinder

    600 B.C.

    Dimensions

    Legacy dimension: H. .101 D. .054

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    Terracotta

    Classification

    Seals

    Accession Number

    46.1137

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    Terracotta cylinder with cuneiform writing.

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  • Cake mold

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    Cake mold

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    Diameter: 18.4 cm (7 1/4 in.)

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    Pottery

    Classification

    Tools & equipment, Molds

    Accession Number

    88.912

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    The Ancient World More Info

    Description

    Cake mold made of coarse red clay. It is an irregular circle with a depressed design of sprigged vine. The edges are chipped.

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  • Mold for grapes

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    Mold for grapes

    1349–1336 B.C.

    Dimensions

    Length: 4 cm (1 9/16 in.)

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    Pottery

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    Tools & equipment, Molds

    Accession Number

    36.479

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    Pottery mold for casting inlay. It is a mold for a bunch of grapes.

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  • Shawabty

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    Shawabty

    664–332 B.C.

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    Height x width: 19.7 x 5.4 cm (7 3/4 x 2 1/8 in.)

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    Faience

    Classification

    Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes

    Accession Number

    72.1677

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    The Ancient World More Info

    Description

    This faience shawabty has a pale green glaze that has worn down to underlying brown paste in many areas. It is in the classic Late Period form which is characterized by tripartite wig, long false beard, back pillar, and rectangular base. The figure holds the pick on the right shoulder and hoe and cord to a small seed bag on the left. The hands grasping the tools are crossed, right over left with sleeves indicated. Nine horizontal bands of incised hieroglyphic text with dividing lines are rendered around the legs. This shawabty is in intact, but exhibits much wear and some incrustations. An ancient Egyptian shawabty is a funerary figurine that was intended to magically animate in the Afterlife in order to act as a proxy for the deceased when called upon to tend to field labor or other tasks. This expressed purpose was sometimes written on the shawabty itself in the form of a "Shawabty Spell," of which versions of various length are known. Shorter shawabty inscriptions could also just identify the deceased by name and, when applicable, title(s). However, many shawabtys carry no text at all. The ideal number of such figurines to include in a tomb or burial seems to have varied during different time periods.

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  • Pectoral funerary scarab with...

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    Pectoral funerary scarab with detached wings

    760–332 B.C.

    Dimensions

    Length x width (scarab component): 5.7 x 3.2 cm (2 1/4 x 1 1/4 in.) Length x width (wing components): 4.4 x 2.8 cm (1 3/4 x 1 1/8 in.)

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    Faience

    Classification

    Tomb equipment, Mummy Trappings

    Accession Number

    72.3023a-c

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    The Ancient World More Info

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    This is a bright funerary scarab of faience with a bright blue glaze. It is comprised of three parts: the central element, shaped as a scarab beetle, and two similar wing components. Incised details have been added to distinguish the basic elements of the beetle's body and head, as well as striations on the wings. The base is undecorated. The wing pieces have areas with red incrustations. Two holes have been made along the sides of the scarab and in each wing for attachment to each other, while an additional hole at each wing tip and at the long ends of the scarab accommodated stringing to mummy wrappings. Some of the surface glaze has worn down to the underlying white paste on a corner of the proper right wing. Otherwise, this scarab is in very good condition. In ancient Egyptian funerary religion, the winged scarab was an image closely associated with the sun-god and a popular symbol of protection and rebirth.

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