Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Egyptian artists used scenes of everyday life to convey important religious messages. This detail from a tomb relief depicts a man gathering a lotus flower and three lotus buds. The Egyptians believed that the lotus was the first living thing to emerge from the waters of chaos at the moment of creation. The flower thus became a potent symbol of creation and rebirth, and its presence in a tomb was believed to assist in the spiritual resurrection of the deceased.
ca. 670-650 B.C.E.
late XXV Dynasty
Third Intermediate Period
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Egyptian. Gathering Lotuses, ca. 670-650 B.C.E. Limestone, paint, 5 5/16 x 5 7/8 in. (13.5 x 15 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 55.3.3. Creative Commons-BY
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