Thursday, March 30, 2017

Crafting brick in ancient Egypt...

Left, No. 1. Brick stamped with the praenomen of Thothmes III.
 Right, No. 2. Brick from the Pyramid of Illahoon.
Description of Illustrations: from History of ancient pottery by Birch, black and white and greyscale drawings of brick makers and layers in ancient Egypt
Brick stamp bearing the praenomen of Amenophia III and Sepulchral Cones.
 "The inscriptions on the picture record that they are bricks made by
 royal captives, or slaves, to build the temple of Amen Ra at Thebes."
""You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw. But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don't reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, 'Let us go and sacrifice to our God.'
 Exodus 5:7,8 (NIV)
Brick-making Tomb of Thebes. "Asiatic captives are employed in the work
 under the superintendence of taskmasters: and the scene forcibly
recalls to mind the condition of the Hebrews in the house of bondage."
Brick Arch. Thebes. The inscriptions on the picture record that they are brick.
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