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Friday, April 26, 2013

'MacGregor Man' (3,000+ BC)

Early Pre-Dynastic Figure, (Basalt Stone): 'MacGregor Man' (3,000+ BC)

This polished black basalt figure of a bearded male wearing a cap and penis sheath was once in the collection of the Rev. William MacGregor, and is said to have been found in the region of Naqada. The authenticity of this unique sculpture has been questioned, but several aspects of its dress and pose find parallels in early figurative art, such as the Hierakonpolis ivories. It is possible that stone and ivory tags and tusks decorated with bearded heads are precursors of 'MacGregor Man'. Although 'MacGregor Man' may have come from a late Predynastic burial, it is perhaps more likely that the figure was set up in a temple, possibly at Nagada or Hierakonpolis. (This is the academic explanation for the piece.)

If we look at the sculpture from a new/old paradigm perspective, or from a technologist point of view, there are a number of curious features which set the MacGregor Man...
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