Ancient Egyptian Murals Show Lifelike Doves, Kingfishers, and Other Birds #ArtTuesday

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Fascinating ancient art studied from early reproductions. Not only significant for art history but also for biome history. Via Gizmodo:

According to the study authors, the Green Room paintings are “some of the most skillfully rendered and naturalistic images of birds known from Dynastic Egypt.” Indeed, the likenesses depicted in the facsimile paintings are unlike most Ancient Egyptian artworks you’ve probably seen.

The animal renderings are exceptionally lifelike—so much so that the researchers identified specific species that presumably lived in the region some 3,300 years ago. The pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis), the rock pigeon (Columba livia), and palm doves (Streptopelia senegalensis) were all identifiable. Another bird may have been a reddish turtle dove or a shrike.

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