Schloss Lichtenstein, Baden-Württemberg
Egyptian funerary shroud of the Roman Period, 2nd or 3rd Century AD. Tempera on Linen.
By this date, life-like portraiture had surpassed traditional mummification as the most important element in funerary preparations. Although he wears a conventional Roman toga, this young man is protected by images of the winged sisters Isis and Nepthys with the mummified God Osiris between them. Two sacred Apis bulls also flank an altar. The swastika, despite its obvious negative associations nowadays, is a very ancient symbol dating to the Neolithic period at the earliest and was thought to bring good fortune to the deceased.
This remarkable textile is now in the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Interior Befreiungshalle Kelheim, Bavaria, Germany (1842-1863)
(Photo by Patrick Huebgen, 2007)
Chapiteaux du Panthéon de Paris.
Photo: cc http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Lionel_Allorge?uselang=fr http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.fr
Under the Arc de Triomphe
Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach
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