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Stone Age pottery
People during the Stone Age needed something to contain food and water, so pots were therefore invented. The basic early-mid Neolithic pots were round bottomed and made with plain clay. However from around 3.800 BC different regions began to create their own special decorated pots and from 2,800 BC the pots were grooved. These are replicas of a Stone Age pot with a handle and an oil lamp.
Chinese New Year drums
The New Year Drum consists of a hollow wooden barrel body covered by a stretched heavy skin hide. They are usually played with two bamboo sticks (included). Nowadays drumming is used for lavish festivities including weddings, historic dates and significant national holidays including Chinese New Year and the mid-autumn festival. They are often decorated with the colour red as this colour is associated with power and luck.
Tutankhamun’s Death Mask
The most famous Egyptian pharaoh was Tutankhamun. He was probably born at Akhetaten in the year 1346 BC. He became pharaoh at the tender age of nine. He died when he was only eighteen. His tomb was discovered by a team of British archaeologists, Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon, in 1922, nearly 3000 years after his death. Many beautiful treasures were found in his tomb.
This figure is an incarnation of the goddess, Bastet. It is coloured black - the Egyptian colour of life - and was used in Ancient Egyptian homes to ward off evil spirits.
The cat attained special status as the sacred animal Bastet. Hundreds of figures were set up in the temple at Bubastis in order that the donor might share the Goddess’ grace. Special cemeteries were designed for mummified cats.
Eye of Horus Plaque
The six parts of the Eye of Horus were also associated with the senses. The Eye of Horus was a resilient healer. It could bring the dead back to life. Symbols of the Eye of Horus were often placed on mummies to make the body whole again. The Eye of Horus was also often painted on coffins so that the deceased could look through the coffin. The Eye of Horus became a very powerful protection symbol against all evil and a symbol of healing.