Sunday, June 10, 2012
"Intuitive Efforts"

After adding many new photos to both the Metropolitan and the Brooklyn Egyptian art photo galleries, I felt in the mood for an intuitive effort. I got a nice big 11x14 sheet of bristol board, and waited to see what would come.

Words came first:

In the beginning,
the force of intention
propelling forward,
pushes us from comfortable hesitation.

After waiting quite a while for the right ending word, I then 'heard' a loud voice, "Why haven't you?"

As in "Why haven't you started drawing?" I drew:

The man in the strange hat is definitely propelled forward.

(P.S. I note that exactly one year ago, I was refurbishing the Egyptian museum photo galleries and moving them to Last year, I'd updated the old ones at, as well. So far, I'm not that motivated this year. If you want the latest and 'greatest', it's at

Thursday, June 14, 2012
"Hippo, Hippo, Hooray!"

I captured quite a few ancient Egyptian depictions of hippopotami while in New York:

Bowl decorated with hippopotami
Predynastic Period, Naqada I, 38503650 B.C.E.
Mesaid, Egypt, excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, 1911; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.
Pottery (Nile silt ware), Height x diameter: 6.8 x 19.4 cm (2 11/16 x 7 5/8 in.)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, #11.312, see info card for more info

Bowl with applied figures of a crocodile and hippopotami
Late Naqada I-early Naqada II (ca. 3700-3450 B.C.E.)
Matmar, Tomb 2646, excavated by Guy Brunton for the British Museum, 1928-1930
Pottery (Nile clay with burnish), diameter 29.5cm
The Trustees of the British Museum, London (EA63408)
The bowl's "arrangement suggests a magical" purpose, see info card

Game board or table in the shape of a hippopotamus
Naqada I-early Naqada II (ca. 3700-3450 B.C.E.)
Pottery (Nile clay with polish), Length 24cm (9 1/2 in.)
Musées Royaux d'Art, Brussels (E.3001)

Head of a Hippopotamus
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III, ca. 13901352 B.C.E.
Egyptian alabaster (calcite) with traces of gesso and red pigment
Size: H. 14 cm (5 1/2 in); W. 12.2 cm (4 13/16 in); D. from back to jaw 15.2 cm (6 in)
Purchase, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, Gift of Henry Walters, by exchange, Ludlow Bull Fund, Beatrice Cooper Gift, and funds from various donors, 1997
MMA 1997.375, see Museum website for more info
Piece in background is Statue of Roy

Piece in background is Unidentified God with Was Scepter

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