Pair of ancient Egyptian rings (gold with glass, lapis lazuli, and carnelian inlay) depicting lotus flowers.  Artist unknown; ca. 1400-1200 BCE (18th or 19th Dynasty, New Kingdom).  Now in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.  Photo credit: Walters Art Museum.

Ancient Egyptian frog ring, dated to the eighteenth to nineteenth dynasties of the New Kingdom, or c. 1543-1187 BCE. The ring is made of Egyptian blue, which, according to the source, was a “vibrant blue pigment, considered to be the first synthetically-produced pigment, composed of quartz sand, a copper compound, and calcium carbonate. The colour blue was highly prized in ancient Egypt and the creation of a synthetic pigment allowed artists to produce imitations of the precious stones lapis lazuli and turquoise, which were expensive and not always readily accessible.” Egyptian blue fell out of favor sometime during the Roman period.

A Battle Axe recovered from the sarcophagus of a man named Bak-Amun (Baki) in the east chamber of the tomb of Neferkhawet, in Asasif, Thebes, Upper Egypt.

It is from the early 18th dynasty of the New Kingdom, from the reign of Thutmose I, ca. 1504-1447 BC.

The handle has been restored with modern wood, as have the rawhide lashings, and is housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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After receiving a ton of requests to cover this topic, I decided to bite the bullet and make my first analytical fan video. This video takes a dive into the meta of the YuGiOh manga and focuses on not only the story, but what Takahashi went through to tell it.

If you’d like more in depth information on YGO meta covering ties to the 18th Dynasty, Egyptian beliefs and themes, and Takahashi’s continuing problems with Shueisha and Konami, check out @monpian  and I’s Historically Accurate YuGiOh blog.

Ancient Egyptian limestone statue of a married couple named Nebsen and Nebet-Ta. Artist unknown; 18th Dynasty, reign of Thutmose IV or Amenhotep III (ca. 1400-1352 BCE).  Thought to come from Dahamsha; now in the Brooklyn Museum.  Photo credit: David Liam Moran/Wikimedia Commons.

Ancient Egyptian glass and electrum necklace with a gold jackal pendant at the center. The electrum pendants, meaning pendants of a mixture of gold and silver, are called nefer pendants. The necklace dates to the New Kingdom, and more specifically to the 18th dynasty of 1550–1295 BCE. Currently located at MFA Boston.