The Easel

An Ancient Egyptian Show That’s Low on Bling but High on Beauty

After a long civil war, Egypt emerged into the 400 year “Middle Kingdom” period during which the arts flourished. For both pharaohs and commoners, art was a status symbol and facilitated one’s journey to the afterlife. Non-regal objects have a particular contemporary appeal: “[W]e tend to identify with Egyptians … they drank beer, collected cats and wore flip flops. Who can’t relate to that?” More images are here.