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this page,   Ancient arts and treasuries French
Spoon for make-up (Egypt).

- 30,000 years

There are masterpieces that never appear in art books or collections because they are said to be primitive; here are two, but there are many others, which are well worth some of our arts, whose value is artificially maintained. Admire the first steps of the man in the matter, because the art, originally, was not made for the trade. First lefthand, man-lion (sculpture), 32,000 years before our era !! next, lionesses on the attack, 36,000 years before our era (Chauvet, in France!).

Mexico. Yucatán, Aztec civilization. Knife of sacrifice with obsidian blade. One extracted the heart from the sacrificed, alive. Details of the handle and comments (click ! page bottom)..

see also   "pharmacia esquivar"

Knife ready to be brandished !

Would the cult of the dead and its extraordinary festivals, be the result of this sinister past ? (

  Photo "Bon voyage" - see also   ""pharmacia esquivar""

hibis Fresco with heads of jaguar.
Others favourite, Chac, the god of the rain (of which one with large ears and a prominent rolled up elephant trunk (at least 50 cm out), along with Quetzalcoatl, the feathered snake (in French?), inherited from Aztec.

Most often monstrous, referring to sacrifice and death, pre-colombian art has also produced marvellous objects.
A very small character, perhaps dedicated at funeral offerings. The most human, the most beautiful of what I could see. hibis

Photo "Bon voyage"


The Crete.
The Cretan civilisation was established before this of the Greece itself. Palate spread to a significant area were built. Knossos, with three levels, is the largest and it is partially restored. One even says that they had taps controlling the water.. Partially restored. Rather badly at one time, with concrete repairs.
Wonderful frescoes from the palate of Knossos  carte postale.
Too good to be true ?. But it is quite baffling when you see the few tiny fragments that inspired them; like famous dolphin in blue, ladies breasts sticking out of a corset with fine details !   All are false and inspired by the Art Deco epoch !!
"bull" vase. We are in the country of the famous minotaure, semi-man, semi-bull, hidden at the bottom of the maze and awaiting its victims.. hibis

Aiguière (ewers) with nipples.

The proposed selection is intentionally limited. It excludes in principle the Palaces, Temples or statues I have seen or visited, in the ancient Greek, Roman, Ottoman Arab or Pre-Columbian world; I simply wants to encourage vocations and shed light on certain aspects of history.
The great museums including the Louvre (Paris) and the British museum (London) offer a wide range of works that complement each other; I remember an Englishman winding me the Louvre while I spoke to him about the British Museum that had thrilled me! Finally, one can travel by visiting the library of his city, even modest, or by Internet, as you just did.

Théra (Santorin). "aiguières with Goddess "breast", a symbol for the female nutition and fertility. The top is bird beak shaped. XVI AD JC.. Cyprus, island of the gods. hibis

Modern art and richness of the patterns (authenticity ?)


Egypte ancienne .
Former Egypt, country of art and beauty, geometry and social modernity (in particular for the role of the woman). hibis At right hand, top of column with the head of Goddes Hator, sometimes appearing as a cow. Here, with only his ears.
Faces very often were hammered (I voluntarily limited the photograph of the columns). hibis
Click to see the inside, as it was drawn by the artists of Napoleon, in 1799.


Falcon and snakes (najas)

expedition of Napoleon Bonaparte : this is a drawing, not a photo !! (1799)

Just a word about a rumour : it is said that the broken face of the Sphinx is due to the guns of Napoleon. He never shoot the face of the sphynx : how understand he could have done such horrible thing ? Set off with 160 scientists, designers..he was a lover of this culture and this richness !!

Anubis, guard of deads..

Egyptian eye
Necklace with Horus heads clasp, the falcon God.
Sacred Scarab.

 A beautiful profile in the tomb of a famous character. Admire the hem of the lips.

If you liked it, click HERE for the most beautiful
In ancient Egypt, they could only paint "flat profile" although there is a test of false relief with the bust (only) in front of us, which gives a strange movement.

Characteristic even more astonishing for hands that are two right hands with a unique length for four of the five fingers ! (or two left ones)
This tiny jewel is in the section "Egypt", to be only compared there with its Egyptian counterparts. It is not current, at our time, to reproduce wasps and bees on pendants or decorations.

Wall engraving.

British museum. London.  hibis
Compare the left hand silhouette with this one, above, engraved on a frontage : same noble port, uprightness and length of the legs, fineness.. hibis
No comments for this bird, true work of art and which is only a mere engraving of frontage, but at the right place.. hibis

   multiple god religions,  Egypte, Mexique, Inde, Asie..

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