Ancient Art Week!
Black Woman Holding Beauty Implements
Egypt (19th Dynasty; 1292-1187 B.C.E.)
Terracotta, 20 cm.
Oxford, the Ashmolean Museum, Department of Antiquities
The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University
I have to say, despite the fragmented state of this figurine, this woman’s beauty is striking. It’s no surprise she’s holding beauty implements.
On this statuette found in Austria we can see the preserved traces of the original painting. The interesting fact is also the hole between it´s tights. It could serve for interlacing of the waistcloth or, less probably, for fixing of the figure to the base; the fingertips would hinder the perfect fixing. The image represents the possibilities of the painting interpretation – the decorative leggings on the tights, tattooes, paintings on the skin and a necklace in the form of boar tusks. We can also see the decoration on the neck.
Another of the important Neolithic cultures is the Bükk culture from Slovakia and Hungary, famous for it´s creative decorative cultural design. The pottery was decorated with impressive geomethrical parallel lines and coloured with black, red, white and yellow colour.
Joseph Campbell, who is regarded by many people in the USA as an authority on all ancient mythologies, said that “Goddess” religion was an expression of “that primordial attempt on humanity’s part to understand and live in harmony with the beauty and wonder of Creation” in contrast to the story of creation in Genesis and the “manipulated systems of the West”. As he saw it, rediscovery of her religion addressed the “need in our time for a general transformation of consciousness.
Neolithic Egyptian Figurine
Middle Bronze Age Figurine
Israel National Maritime Museum
Neolithic Goddess Figurine
Stara Zagora, Bulgaria