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Egyptian worker ushabtis, 945-715 BCE

This is a worker ushabtis, made at some stage between 945 and 715 BCE. The male mummiform figure is made of Egyptian faience with a blue glaze finish. The figure is shown wearing a headdress and 'seshed' headband knotted at the back. The body is wrapped in bandages with only the head and arms visible, crossed left over ...

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Egyptian overseer ushabtis, 1070-712 BCE

This is an overseer ushabtis, made in Egypt sometime between 1070 and 712 BCE. The male mummiform figure is made of Egyptian faience with an exterior pale turquoise-blue glaze. The figure is shown wearing a short headdress and black painted 'seshed' headband knotted at the back. A vertical column of hieroglyphs are handpainted ...

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Exploring the mystical sanctuary of Osiris

Travel 30 metres beneath the Giza Plateau to explore one of Egypt's most significant archaeological discoveries, the Tomb of Osiris. The god Osiris is the guarantor of eternal life. His symbolic tomb provided ancient Egyptians with a sanctuary in which they could pay homage to 'the ruler of the great beyond'. Find out more ...

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'A blazing light: For his Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche' by Georgia Walters

'A blazing light' by Georgia Walters is a poem commemorating the death of Buddhist Lama Chogye Trichen Rinpoche in which the narrator remembers him fondly and ponders questions about existence and the afterlife. The poem has the subtitle 'For his Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche' and is laid out in a simple single column, ...

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Pupa of a Ulysses butterfly camouflaged as a leaf

This is a colour photograph of a pupa or chrysalis of a Ulysses butterfly ('Papilio ulysses') camouflaged as a leaf. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera, Family: Papilionidae.)

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Eternity, 1994: Eternity is a long time

This clip shows an actor (Lex Foxcraft), playing Arthur Stace, walking through the streets of Sydney and using chalk to write the word 'Eternity' in neat copperplate writing on the footpath. This is interspersed with footage of writer Dorothy Hewitt and photojournalist Mark Balfour, as well as the voices of two other Sydneysiders, ...

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Bliss, 1985: Bliss, punishment, heaven and hell

This clip shows Harry Joy (Barry Otto) at lunch with family and friends as a voice-over describes his seemingly perfect life and then what appears to be his sudden death. Harry steps outdoors, the screen fades to black, the camera moves upwards and the viewer looks down on his prostrate body. Harry's shocked family gathers ...

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Death mask of Tutankhamen

This is a colour photograph of the famous mask of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen. The mask is 54 cm high x 39.3 cm wide, weighs about 11 kg and is made of gold inlaid with semiprecious stones such as lapis lazuli. The mask was part of the treasures recovered by archaeologist Howard Carter from Tutankhamen's tomb. It now ...

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Mummification process - animation

This is an animated reconstruction of the mummification of the body of Herakleides, a 20-year-old man from the Greco-Roman period of Egyptian history. The animation, produced by the J Paul Getty Museum, begins with the removal of the organs and then illustrates the 40-day dehydration process, the anointing of the body, ...