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Egyptian art at the Louvre – 8

A (possibly ceremonial) knife with the handle carved out of hippopotamus or elephant ivory. The handle shows a raid or battle scene, the raiding party probably having reached by boats seen at the bottom of the scene. The blade itself is carved from a specific kind of flint stone found in Egypt. There are only a handful of such knives in existence and they date back to Pre-dynastic Egypt. All extant knives are believed to have been manufactured at a single site by a handful of expert craftsmen, based on analyses of the blade patterns and the carving techniques displayed on the handles. This particular one was apparently never used and meant more as a piece of decoration.

Another piece of pottery from pre-Pharaohnic Egypt. I was intrigued by the two necks though I have been unable to find out their purpose. The wear-and-tear gives the impression that it was actually used – but for what purpose?

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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.

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2 thoughts on “Egyptian art at the Louvre – 8

  1. So glad to see this rare knife has been well preserved. The carving details are incredible. I haven’t seen two-neck bottle like this one. Thank you, Dr, Hb!

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    Posted by Amy | 05/04/2019, 5:53 PM

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