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The Afterglow in Egypt

Painted by William Holman Hunt (1827 - 1910); oil on canvas 82 x 37 cm

In this painting an Egyptian woman dressed in beautiful clothes and jewellery carries a crate of pigeons on her head and a beautiful green vessel in her right hand. She gazes out at us and stands barefoot in a fertile landscape close to the waterís edge. The figure was read by Huntís contemporaries as a kind of Egyptian goddess of plenty. Hunt believed that agriculture was the only aspect of the once-great civilization that had survived in Egypt.

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