Antiques Homeshow – Egyptian Art

Antiques Homeshow – Egyptian Art


(upbeat jazzy music) – Hi I’m Kyle Copperopolis and welcome back to the Antiques Homeshow where we appraise precious
antiques in the home of our friend Dave Kubicek,
with discoveries like this one. What do you know about this item? – Well my grandmother
was an infamous smuggler in the early 20th century, I know. And so while we were
allocating all the resources from her estate, this
came up, and I don’t know the first thing about
Egyptian hieroglyphics, but this looks very real and very cool. – We don’t get a lot of
ancient items on this show, so it’s extremely, extremely exciting that
you brought this in today to get it appraised. And what papyrus is know for here, papyrus is know for its strength,
durability and resiliency. Let’s talk about what’s going
on in this particular piece. Now, this is a sacrifice
to the gods if you will. You can tell by the
way this man is holding a sparrow and a duck. Poultry was a huge part of Egyptian life, it was sacred to many Egyptians, which is funny ’cause I just
had hot wings for lunch. When a team of archeologists finds a beautiful piece like this,
they have to take great care to painstakingly remove it
from its original location and restoring it. If you take a closer look, I
mean look at the reds on this. This was painted 2500 years ago. The amount of detail that
has remained over the years is just incredible. I mean look at the detail
on the hieroglyphics here. This is basically a poem. This is a poem and a painting. So this was a true artist who really cared about doing a good job. You know why? If an artist did not do a good job, they would often be exiled or beheaded. And this right here is,
basically it’s a boat and it’s saying I’m
gonna escape on a boat. This, this is actually a
beautiful woman right here and this is I guess a beautiful man, but I don’t really like the way he looks. I mean he should have a better core. Now, these are feet. Unfortunately they didn’t have shoes back in ancient Egyptian culture. They would just have to go around barefoot and that’s why they didn’t live very long, because their feet hurt really bad and they would kill themselves. And you can tell these people
are locked in the basement with their frowns. So the hieroglyphics are
interwoven as a way to say, I think from the artist,
that we are all one with God. Of course, Egyptians are
incredibly spiritual. – Didn’t they have multiple gods? – One with gods, one with gods, yeah. And unfortunately I
can’t make out what these four characters are really doing because it is a little muddy. So it’s not the most pristine piece I’ve seen someone bring in. Do you have any idea how much this piece may have been worth at auction? (laughs) Well, a piece
like this, 2500 years old, with the amount of detail
that’s going on here, I’ve seen it go for as much
as two, maybe even three million dollars at auction. It does look like unfortunately,
you did get a little something on the painting itself. So that might, it may affect its value. – Sauce maybe? – It could be sauce, if
you eat a lot of hot wings, it could be sauce, but I don’t know if there’s any way to tell. Oh Dave, more wings, thank you! That’s what you’ve been
doing this whole time. Could be sauce, if you
eat a lot of hot wings, it could be sauce.

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