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mystery

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Face by
Joanne Pillsbury
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Mask [Olmec]

Being able to recognize a face is one of those fundamental survival skills.
#95
Photography by
Oi-Cheong Lee
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Curls by
Wolfram Koeppe
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Alexander Danilovich Menshikov (1673–1729) [Russian, Saint Petersburg]

It was a great mystery: who he is, who made it.
#60
Photography by
Mark Morosse
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In Conversation by
Ellenor Alcorn
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Ewer [English, London and Chinese]

The whole world is encapsulated in one piece.
#34
Photography by
Bruce J. Schwarz
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Cracking the Code by
Dirk Breiding
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Attributed to Heinrich Heid von Winterthur (German/Swiss): Crossbow of Ulrich V of Württemberg

Art history is very much like detective work, and if you’re lucky there’s even a mystery to be solved.
#24
Photography by
Joseph Coscia, Jr.
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Enigma by
Janice Kamrin
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Canopic Jar with a Lid in the Shape of a Royal Woman's Head [Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Valley of the Kings, Tomb KV 55, Davis/Ayrton 1907]

It seems to me that aesthetically this goes well beyond meeting the need of surviving into the afterlife.
#14
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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