Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Photo of the day: Tutankhamen

Tutankhamen by The Bacher Family
Tutankhamen, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.

Such exceptional artistry... can you imagine someone crafting this piece for King Tutankhamen, thousands of years ago in Egypt? This is not factory-made piece of jewelry -- it's a massive piece of gold, painstakingly carved and shaped and sculpted and polished and colored. Someone held this in his (or her?) hands, obsessing over every detail to get it just right. How long did it take? How much effort was invested in it? Did the artist work willingly, or was he a slave or servant? So many questions... but meanwhile, it feels like you could almost see the sculptor's fingerprints on the gold, if you just looked hard enough.

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