Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Celebration to You

I have just about had 5000 visitors to this blog - that is so amazing! So as a thank you to all you visitors, I'm going to put together a little thank you parcel for some lucky person.
BUT, as I suspect many of you are lurkers, you have to leave a comment on this post. This isn't for just anyone, this is for you, my regular visitors - this is my way of saying thank you for keeping in touch.
So, take a look at this photo - it's from my holiday this year.
Leave a comment on this post about the photo - tell me what you think is happening here (or was), how old it is, the colour of the paint used - anything, so long as it's related to what you see here.
You must do this by midnight 20th October 2009 (NZDT).
A lucky winner will be drawn out by Random.org.
What's going to be in the prize? - I'm still working on that - something to do with the land ('cause I have a lifestyle block), something New Zealand and probably something to do with quilting. There you go - pretty airy fairy I know!
Good luck!


Coreen said...

I know - it's 4 (or 5?) tiny dentists trying to pull a tooth out. The large mound is the thingey that sits at the back of the throat!!! (hee hee hee).

po-mo said...

I guess EGYPT! I guess BURIAL TOMB!
Did I win?

RubySlippers said...

This is such a cool idea! Let's see...
An Egyptian fresco scene, a mix of incision and paint.
Four Egyptian figures standing in a row/ next to each other, are moving blocks of cut stone. The figures are both incised and painted, giving them both outline and a dimensional depth, painted in an earthy/ ochre palette- probably a mix of tempera and oil and clays, painted on a wall of perfectly cut stone. The wall of stones themselves sit together through force- although because of the age of the wall there has been some (modern?) repair work to reinforce the structure.
On either side of the figures are two mounds- large and small- which may represent local geological features, the pyramids or a funeral mound (although why the pyramids aren't more angular despite the exactness of Egyptian painting) or representing the mound of materials the figures are working from to create the larger one.
Above the painted figures are detailed trees in baskets incised into the wall's blocks- suggesting a maintained and wealthy garden- perhaps a royal garden. Because of the angle of the photograph, it is hard to tell what structures accompany/ are in front of the trees, but they could be small marble seats in the garden, or plinths to raise the trees off the ground. As these images are not painted (now), they may have been previously, or they may have been left as outlines to indicate distance. As in other Egyptian painting, distance and depth is indicated by 'stacking' figures and features in the image.
The detail of both the trees and the figures is superb. It is probably early-middle, as indicated by the artist's use of a frontal eyes in the profile heads, and the limited colour palette that remains.
Beneath the fresco is a two band horizontal border of dark and light ochre acting as a groundline for the action, and also connecting the other scenes (not pictured here) alongside this one. As suggested by the angle of this photograph, one can assume this image is still in-situ, about 1.8m high, and further up. The 'border' would act as a divider between scenes possible above and below this one telling the story (as seen in other works).

I hope you don't mind that I didn't research this image- I'm sure I should know it! No doubt it's from somewhere awesome like the Artisan's tomb or TutankhAmen...
So jealous that you saw this in person ma! Sorry I can't write more, I've got to go to work...! xxx

Rhonz said...

Food storage from Egypt 3000 years ago. The picture shows the mountains of grain kept inside....