A.I.C. Ancient Egypt
The terrible truth is that most Egyptian art doesn't interest me any more than American automobile designs. Most things are well made -- but so what? In a world of a million-choices, well-made doesn't cut it -- in any genre (even Japanese prints)
(plus.... they're going to charge me $25 .... plus ... they're not going to let me take pictures .... plus ... I'm going to be fighting a crowd ... plus ... they don't let you back in the exhibit if you have to leave to use the restroom)
(BTW -- the Field Museum had a great exhibit of Egyptian artifacts from the British museum about 2 years ago -- and I'm telling myself that it had to be much better than Tut)
So.... instead..... I decided this week to look at the (meagre) collection of Egyptology at the A.I.C. ---- and it does make me wish I lived in NYC (where the Met has tons of Egyptian stone on display)
But the A.I.C. does have a two things that are memorable -- and interestingly enough -- my good friend Tor and I agree on what they are:
These small plaques are very recent as Egyptian history goes -- at 300 BC -- they are practically mid-way between the Old Kingdom and the present day --- and I'm not even sure how Egyptian you would want to call the Ptolemaic period.
But whatever you call it -- these pieces came from Egypt -- and they're wonderful.