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ancientart:

"They take first a crooked piece of iron, and with it draw out the brain through the nostrils, thus getting rid of a portion, while the skull is cleared of the rest by rinsing with drugs; next they make a cut along the flank with a sharp Ethiopian stone, and take out the whole contents of the abdomen, which they then cleanse, washing it thoroughly with palm wine, and again frequently with an infusion of pounded aromatics…" -Greek historian Herodotus describes the process of mummification in Egypt (trans. Rawlinson).

Shown here is an extraordinarily well preserved Egyptian mummy at the Louvre. This man lived during the Ptolemaic Period, and his name can be read as either Nenu or Pachery. The body has been sophisticatedly wrapped in strips of linen, and the mummy is covered with a cartonnage. Included here is a mask, an apron across the legs, and a collar over the chest.

Rigault Patricia from the Louvre provides the below description. This is only a section of the full write-up, you can read the rest here if you wish.

A body preserved for eternity

Not everyone in ancient Egypt had access to the funerary practices that ensured eternal life, and many people had to settle for a simple pit in the desert and a few modest offerings. For the more fortunate, preserving body provided an additional guarantee of survival in the afterlife. It offered a new support for the various elements of the living being that were dispersed at the time of death. Although the earliest mummies were little more than bodies wrapped in linen strips dipped in resin, more sophisticated methods soon developed; mummification procedures were highly perfected by the New Kingdom.

Although the number of mummies increased from this period on, the quality of the work tended to decrease. Nevertheless, mummies from the Greco-Roman period are often remarkable for the highly subtle designs formed by the interwoven linen strips. Depending on the period, a mummy could be covered a clothing, a net of beads, a mask, or a decorated wooden plank or cartonnage. During the Ptolemaic Period, various cartonnage elements were arranged on the mummy before it was placed in the coffin. 

Courtesy of & currently at the Louvre, France, N 2627. Photos by: Massimo Palmieri (1), Yann Caradec (2 & 3, cropped), and Oleg Ы (4).

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paysagemauvais:

The Triumph of Death, detail - Pieter Bruegel the Elder c. 1562 oil on panel 117 cm × 162 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid

paysagemauvais:

The Triumph of Death, detail - Pieter Bruegel the Elder
c. 1562
oil on panel
117 cm × 162 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

fleurdulys:

Couple Embracing - William Ladd Taylor
1904

fleurdulys:

Couple Embracing - William Ladd Taylor

1904

labellefilleart:

Nymph’s Bathing Place, Edward Poynter 

labellefilleart:

Nymph’s Bathing Place, Edward Poynter 

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sci-universe:

We actually have pictures that great of Mars, a planet about 225 million kilometers (140 million miles) away from us.
Image copyright: NASA

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ibkodfashion:

Fei Fei Sun by Hugh Lippe

ibkodfashion:

Fei Fei Sun by Hugh Lippe

23silence:

Gustave Adolphe Mossa (1883-1971) - Valse macabre, 1906

23silence:

Gustave Adolphe Mossa (1883-1971) - Valse macabre, 1906

carminagf:

Tristan and Isolde with the Potion (detail). c1916. John William Waterhouse

carminagf:

Tristan and Isolde with the Potion (detail). c1916. John William Waterhouse

aleyma:

Attributed to Nicolaus Gerhaert von Leyden, Reliquary bust of Saint Margaret of Antioch, 1465-70 (source).

aleyma:

Attributed to Nicolaus Gerhaert von Leyden, Reliquary bust of Saint Margaret of Antioch, 1465-70 (source).

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antiqueart:
└ WILLIAM-ADOLPHE BOUGUEREAU  ―  ’Night’, ‘Twilight’, ‘Dawn’ & ‘Day’.

antiqueart:


└ WILLIAM-ADOLPHE BOUGUEREAU  ―  ’Night’, ‘Twilight’, ‘Dawn’ & ‘Day’.

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fleurdulys:

Montmartre in the Rain - Pierre Bonnard
1897

fleurdulys:

Montmartre in the Rain - Pierre Bonnard

1897

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fleurdulys:

The Painter’s Studio - Janis Rozentals
1896

fleurdulys:

The Painter’s Studio - Janis Rozentals

1896

nevver:

Houses of the Holy, Markus Brunetti