The Stela of Pakhaas, 2nd-1st century B.C.E., made of limestone.
The central vignette here features a unique combination of two types of stela illustration. Normally the deceased is shown offering to Osiris, lord of the underworld, or to another deity. Alternatively, the deceased and his or her spouse receive offerings from their family. At first glance, the stela seems to fit the second category. The dead person, Pakhaas, accompanied by his wife, Nesihor, who stands behind him holding a sistrum, or rattle, enjoys the oblations of his son, Pakhy (a nickname, in effect, Pakhaas, Jr.).
This scene, however, is hardly conventional. Pakhy’s censer and Nesihor’s sistrum rarely appear in scenes of offerings to humans, and Pakhaas is not depicted as a mortal. The small image of the god Osiris that sits on his knees indicates that Pakhaas has become that god. Pakhy thus becomes Horus, who offers to his dead father, Osiris, and Nesihor is Isis. (BM)
New LG TV rolls up like a poster.
This is an 18 inch flexible display from LG, with a 12,00 x 800 pixel resolution. The company expects a 60 inch 4K TV to be possible using this type of technology by 2017.
Not only does this screen look super cool, but it would drastically reduce shipping and storage costs if future TV’s were able to be sent rolled up in a small tube.
Aurora Borealis by Frederic Edwin Church.
During the late 1850s and early 1860s Church was at the height of his powers, painting large-scale exhibition pieces, such as Twilight in the Wilderness (1860; Cleveland, OH, Mus. A.), The Icebergs (1861; Dallas, TX, Mus. A.), Cotopaxi (1862; Detroit, MI, Inst. A.) and Aurora Borealis (1865; Washington, DC, N. Mus. of Amer. A.). He continued to paint major works in the years immediately after the Civil War but with an increasing emphasis on visionary atmospheric effects reminiscent of J. M. W. Turner, as in Rainy Season in the Tropics (1866; San Francisco, CA, de Young Mem. Mus.), Niagara Falls, from the American Side (1867; Edinburgh, N.G.) and the Vale of St Thomas, Jamaica (1867; Hartford, CT, Wadsworth Atheneum).
We’re examining inspiring landscapes this July on the Oxford Academic Tumblr.
Image credit: Aurora Borealis. Frederick Edwin Church. 1865. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.