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Egyptian art at the Louvre – 3

Some more examples of ancient Egyptian creative genius.

Bastet stared out at me mesmerizingly from her glass case. The Egyptian cat goddess, separated from Sekhmet the lioness-goddess, became a more protective figure in later Egyptian mythology; along with protecting Amun-Ra and the Pharoah, Bastet also came to be worshipped as a fertility goddess and protector of pregnant women. The more fearsome hippo goddess Tawaret, also a guardian of pregnant women became more associated with the more painful and perilous time of childbirth.
The inside of a sarcophagus painted beautifully with colorful scenes of the journey into the afterlife as envisaged by the Egyptians. The outline created a lovely negative space that became artistic in its own right, in my eyes.
Humans and gods feast alike in this delightfully rendered frieze.

About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


One thought on “Egyptian art at the Louvre – 3

  1. Thank you, Dr. Hb for bringing the Louvre series back. A great pleasure to tour these treasures with your tour guide. 🙂 🙂


    Posted by Amy | 04/02/2019, 8:18 PM

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