- Old School Nouveau.
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Ancient Egyptian. Carved, semi-polished black limestone seated jackal/dog with a cobra underneath his chin. Hieroglyphs to the base. Dirt patina. Ptolemaic. 305-30 BC (6 ½” x 7” x 2 ½”).
Jackal, or “desert dog”, is sacred to Anubis—the god who presided over mummification and accompanied the dead to the hereafter.
These mesmerizing sculptures are the work of William Ricketts, a rare Australian born in 1898 who was in awe of the connection the Aborigine people have with the land. Hidden deep within a lush Australian rainforest are a set of mystical Aborigine sculptures seemingly merged into the natural surroundings. Moss covered torsos of men, women and children protrude from tree trunks and boulders. Some reach heavenward with widespread wings, others envelop each other protectively – all are symbols of the relationship the indigenous Australian Aborigines have with nature.
this is beautiful.