Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Brooklyn Museum
On 07/11/2017 06:00 AM, Brooklyn Museum wrote:
🔵  Here's a little BLUESDAY inspiration from our Egyptian art...

🔵  Here's a little BLUESDAY inspiration from our Egyptian art collection, currently on view in Infinite Blue.

The remains of blue paint on Nefertiti's wig suggest a close relationship with the gods, who were believed to have hair of lapis lazuli, a rare stone. She raises her arms to worship Aten, the chief god of this period, and receives in return from the god an ankh sign at her nose, ensuring her life. The inscription refers to her as "Beloved of Aten."

Queen Nefertiti, 1352–1348 b.c.e. Probably from Karnak, Egypt; New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, early Amarna Period. Sandstone, painted. Gift of Christos G. Bastis in honor of Bernard V. Bothmer, 78.39. Brooklyn Museum

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