Egyptian relief of mourning men.
This limestone relief dates to ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E., and is from Saqqara, Egypt.
This relief fragment shows two men, on the right, who make the gestures of mourners. The small cuts in the stone surface above and in front of the figures represent the dust that mourning Egyptians poured on their heads as a sign of bereavement. To the left can be seen the traces of a man in official dress who appears to be hurrying from the opened door of the tomb. Unlike many of the objects in this gallery, the scene suggests distress in the presence of death.
Courtesy of & currently located at the Brooklyn Museum, USA, via their online collections: 69.114. +If you’re interested in learning more about mourning in ancient Egypt, check out this post I did a while ago on the matter.
Up Close: Corset Cover 1895-1900 (X)
I make book sculptures / cut books by working through a book, page by page, cutting around some of the illustrations while removing others. In this way, I build my composition using only the images found in the book.
Works are created using only the pictures that are already in the volumes and the end result is a hollowed out book with a layered composition similar to the Victorian paper theatres that were hugely popular at that time.
The books are sealed around the cut so they can no longer be opened, but are designed to be either hung on the wall or can stand by themselves as an art object.
Bases of Design by Walter Crane
detail from the title page; London 1902