Egyptian Art 

Matthew Herdman

This piece represents a hunting scene of a centaur trying to catch a gazelle alive. Hunting was interpreted as a symbol of virtuous life. Victory in a hunt was a symbol of triumph over death.
This piece shows characteristics of Phoenician style with the precision and detail of the piece. Phoenician Ivory was usually used for furniture decoration. It was most likely produced during the 8th and 7th centuries B.C.
Animal headed gods were important to the culture of ancient Egypt. Pieces like this are described as part of the "monstrous gods" of Egypt. However, for it's time, it is seen as more sophisticated compared to Persian art.
This piece shows the king as a sphinx. His ears are pierced and he is wearing a lappet wig. Two serpents surround him on both sides of his body.
Owls had a bad reputation for being night birds, but it was believed that they had the power to see the future.It's stiff posture is a strong indication that it Egyptian art. A falcon stands over the owl and a dead mouse lies in the owl's claws.
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