Percy Shelley’s poem ‘Ozymandias’ serves as an analytical lens for both the Europeanisation of contemporary notions of ancient Egypt, and is itself a testament to the legacy of Ramasses II’s legacy.
This article is chiefly an examination of an ivory-white porcelain from Ding kiln in Quyang produced for mass domestic use during the Jin dynasty (1115-1234 CE). This porcelain shows a pair of male Mandarin ducks which, this article contends, could be read as a trace of queer aesthetics.
Many of the artefacts we see today in the ‘Ancient Near East’ collections of European and American museums were purchased in the late 19th and early 20th century from dealers who specialised in smuggling archaeological artefacts to Europe from Baghdad.
Post-doctoral fellow, Dr Nadia Ghanem, examines the life and work of Ibrahim Elias Gejou who sold almost 18,000 artefacts (cuneiform clay tablets, steeles and amulets) to the British Museum alone.