Hetepni, an Ancient Egyptian Tax Collector

Seated statue of Hetepni, chamberlain of the King. Old Kingdom, 6th Dynasty, 2200 BC, from Saqqara, Egypt, now at Neues Museum AM 34428
Seated statue of Hetepni, chamberlain of the King, 2200 BC

 

Hetepni was an accountant and tax collector in the revenue office of the king over 4000 years ago in Egypt. Found in Saqqara, this mortuary statue tells us that he was was responsible:

‘…for the counting of everything that crawled or flew in the water and in the marshland‘.

The statue dates from the end of the 6th Dynasty, the last of the Old Kingdom, after which Egypt entered a period of political unrest. He may have served was Pepi II, who is credited at being one of the longest reigning monarchs in history at 94 years.

Seated statue of Hetepni, chamberlain of the King. Old Kingdom, 6th Dynasty, 2200BC, from Saqqara, Neues Museum AM 34428
Seated statue of Hetepni, chamberlain of the King, 2200 BC
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‘Lasts’ Art Installation by Elena Hutchcroft and Karolina Nieduza

I was pleased to be involved in the exciting collaboration between artists Elena Hutchcroft, Karolina Nieduza and the Alfred Gillett Trust for Somerset Art Weeks 2017.

‘Lasts’ is an art installation in response to Street’s rich history of shoe making, bringing traditional lasts to life in a contemporary installation.

‘Lasts’ art installation by Elena Hutchcroft and Karolina Nieduza in the Alfred Gillett Trust barn for Somerset Art Weeks 2017
‘Lasts’ art installation by Elena Hutchcroft and Karolina Nieduza in the Alfred Gillett Trust barn for Somerset Art Weeks 2017
‘Lasts’ art installation by Elena Hutchcroft and Karolina Nieduza in the Alfred Gillett Trust barn for Somerset Art Weeks 2017
‘Lasts’ art installation by Elena Hutchcroft and Karolina Nieduza in the Alfred Gillett Trust barn for Somerset Art Weeks 2017

Tomb of Michelangelo, Basilica di Santa Croce

Tomb of Michelangelo, Basilica of Santa Croce

The tomb of Michelangelo Buonarroti can be found in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy. Realised by Vasari in 1570, the tomb includes three marble sculptures representing the personifications of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, saddened by the death of the great master.

It is Sculpture however, that is most distraught to have lost such a genius.

Sleeping Hermaphroditus, Uffizi Gallery

The Sleeping Hermaphrodite depicts the son of Hermes and Aphrodite. It is a Roman copy of a Hellenistic original dating to 2nd century BC, though the mattress was added to the statue in 1620 by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grid

Gold octopus shaped cut outs which would have been sewn onto luxurious attire. They date from 1700 BC from Grave Circle A of the Mycenaean Acropolis.
Gold octopus shaped cut outs which would have been sewn onto luxurious attire. They date from 1700 BC from Grave Circle A of the Mycenaean Acropolis. Photo taken at National Archaeological Museum of Athens, 2013

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Grid.”

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Medieval Window, Lytes Cary Manor

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A tiny window from Lytes Cary Manor in Somerset

Lytes Cary Manor is a medieval manor house in South Somerset with a beautiful Arts and Crafts garden. Originally the family home of Henry Lyte in the late 1500s, where he translated the unique Niewe Herbal book on herbal remedies, Lytes Cary was then restored in the 20th century by Sir Walter Jenner.

The house is run by the National Trust and is open to the public.