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DD. The Egyptian Pyramid Box. The Egyptians believed in an afterlife and in the great tombs they have found the remains of barges to be used by the dead for transport. Here is Cleopatra on her funerary barge as shown in a hieroglyph. Note that her servants are with her. Often the servants were buried with the their master or mistress. Inside hieroglyphics and the clasp a bust of the Queen. Retail: $225.00. Our price: $202.90. NEW This is a limited edition of 300 pieces, box shown is #236.

NOTE: There is one particularly interesting fact about the construction of each of the Pyramids. To this date no scientist, mathematician or engineer has been able to determine how the huge stones of which the Pyramids are constructed were moved and raised without the knowledge and equipment we have today. Keep in mind that they were constructed around 2700 B.C.

EE1. The Great Sphinx Box. This ancient figure has the head of a king and the body of a lion. It is in Egypt and sits guarding the Pyramid of Chephren. It is thought that the laborers, after finishing Chefren's Pyramid, and with a quarry close by and much sandstone already cut in blocks, built this figure and gave it the head of Chefren but there is no definitive proof of that. The figure was built more than 4500 years ago and although it has deteriorated, still it stands. All attempts to preserve it have, so far, failed. The soft sandstone is very badly affected by the desert winds, the smog of Cairo, which is not very distant from it, and the humidity.The body of the Sphinx is 200 feet long and 65 feet tall. The face is 13 feet wide and the eyes are 6 feet high. That gives you some idea of the hugeness of this figure. Inside, hieroglyphics and the clasp, the head of a pharaoh. Retail: About $219.00. Our price: $197.90. The box just arrived. The Sphinx has been around for 4500 years plus.

EE2. The Lesser Sphinx Box. There are Sphinx figures in many different locations in Egypt. None are as large as the Great Sphinx shown above. The Sphinx pictured here is one of the smaller ones not having a body. It displays only the human head and the forepaws of the lion. Notice that this figure in addition to the elaborate headdress it is wearing has a collar and neck piece on as well. It also has a younger and more defined face. Inside the box, hieroglyphics and the clasp is the head of a pharaoh. Retail: About $183.00. Our price: $165.90.

EE3. The Palm Tree and The Camel Box. Speak of the desert and you think of a oasis. Think of an oasis and surely a palm tree will be there. If there is water and a palm tree then it follows that a camel will be near. Here is the palm and inside the box, dimensional and removable is a tiny dromedary, (a one hump camel). Is this the greatest box!!! Our price: $187.90. Just arrived. A really fun box!!!

FF. The Queen Nefertiti Sarcophagus Box. I saw this after I had purchased the other sarcophagus and decided we had to have both. This is a very elaborate piece and I believe it is of Queen Nefertiti. Both the box and the figure of the mummy are painted in great detail and both pieces have grounds of gold, the sarcophagus is gold washed on the inside which is part of what makes me think that it is a person of very high rank. If you look at this very closely you will see that it is covered with pictographs. They are also part of what made me think that it was important that we have this version of a sarcophagus. The detail on this is really unbelievably authentic. The clasp is the head of Nefertiti. Retail: About $455.00. Our price: $410.90. NEW (Isn't that an oxymoron?)


GG. The Parthenon Box. If you have traveled in Greece then you have seen it. With even a modest knowledge of ancient history you will have heard of it. It is part of The Acropolis at Athens. It was built in the 5th Century BC, designed by architects Ictinus and Callicrates under the supervision of the sculptor Phidias. Although it has suffered much damage over the years, and much of the sculpture has been removed, the basic structure is intact and that is what the box depicts. The famous Elgin Marbles, many of which are in the British Museum, were taken from The Parthenon. The structure is considered to be "The culmination of the development of the Doric order, the simplest of the classical Greek architectural orders". The columns, which support the structure, diminish in diameter as they near the top, an extraordinary architectural refinement used to enhance the delicacy of the structure against the sky. Retail: About Retail: 155.00. Our price: $139.90.

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HH. The Colosseum Box. (Also known as the Flavian Amphitheater.) Built by the Emperor Vespasiano and completed in 80 A.D. it was the site of gladiator fights, wild animal hunts and simulated naval battles. (They would flood it for this purpose.) It held up to 87,000 people. Admission to the public was free and seating was according to social rank with appropriate designations on the tiers. Interestingly, women were relegated to the top tiers of the amphitheater, the poorest seats, "to preserve morality". An interesting commentary on the time when one considers what the structure housed. In any case, for those of you who have enjoyed Italy and are wanting a marvelous memento of your Rome experience, here is the latest and one of the best, ever, travel boxes. Retail: 153.00. Our price: $138.90.

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