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Friday, 21.04.2017

Ancient Egyptians described their gods as having gold skin and lapis-lazuli hair, eyebrows, and eyelids. The colorful glass of this eye, which was once part of a human-shaped coffin, imitates the costly blue stone. Its color implies that the deceased passed all the necessary ordeals and is now among the gods and equated with Osiris.

Right Eye from an Anthropoid Coffin, 1539-30 B.C.E. Obsidian, crystalline limestone, blue glass, 13/16 x 2 5/16 x 1 in. (2.1 x 5.8 x 2.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum.

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