Guy Catling is a graphic designer from Essex United Kingdom. Focusing mostly on collage work, he takes powerful stills from world history and makes them new again by adding his vibrant, contrasting artistic touch.
Fayum Mummy Portraits, dating from around 30 BC to the mid 3rd century AD.
The portrait heads were attached to Egyptian mummies of the Roman period, covering the faces of the deceased In the top pictures, you can see now they were bound to the mummy. Dating from the time of the Roman occupation of Egypt, they are closest to Graeco-Roman artistic traditions. Around 900 are known to survive and they are some of the only surviving evidence of Classical panel painting traditions. Due to their burial in hot, dry conditions with the bodies, many have survived in excellent condition.
The term Fayum comes from an area of graveyards (necropoli) where they were found in large numbers, buried in communal catacombs.
Painted on wooden board (and sometimes on cloth), either in encaustic (wax) or egg tempera.
Nefertiti was the wife of Akhenaten, an Egyptian pharaoh. It is debated whether or not she was Tutankhamun’s mother, although she was married to his father. She was made famous in the present day by her bust, which has been recreated many times. In life she was known to be extremely beautiful, and the reign she and her husband had is thought to be the most prosperous and rich in Ancient Egyptian history.
Even today, a significant number of mainstream Egyptologists, anthropologists, historians and Hollywood moviemakers continue to deny African people’s role in humankind’s first and greatest civilization in ancient Egypt.
This whitewashing of history negatively impacts Black people and our image in the world. There remains a vital need to correct the misinformation of our achievements in antiquity.
Melanin is the chemical responsible for skin pigmentation. It’s preserved in fossils for millions of years.
Melanin tests on Egyptian mummies reveal melanin levels only present in Black people.
Modern Egyptians have the blood type B which is the primary blood type of Western Africa. Invaders of ancient Egypt intermixed with the local people who most likely had blood type B.
The white European blood is primarily type A.
Ancient Egyptians only used one term to designate themselves. The term “KMT” literally translates to “the Blacks”.
Cultural commonalities existed between Ethiopians, Egyptians, Colchians, and people of the Southern Levant in practices such as matriarchy, totemism, divine kinship, and cosmology.
Early Latin eyewitnesses described the ancient Egyptians as black-skinned with wooly hair. The historian Herodotus wrote that the natives of the Nile region are “black with heat.”
Aeschylus, a Greek poet, wrote that Egyptian seaman had “black limbs.”
DNATribes, a genomics company, analyzed the DNA in mummies of Pharaoh Tutankhamen and his family. They revealed the closest living relatives of the mummies are sub-Saharan Africans.