The Course of Empire, Thomas Cole (1801-1848), 1833-1836.
The Hudson River School.
There is the moral of all human tales;
'Tis but the same rehearsal of the past.
First freedom and then Glory - when that fails,
Wealth, vice, corruption - barbarism at last.
And History, with all her volumes vast,
Hath but one page…
(from Canto VI, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage byLord Byron.)
i. The Savage State, 1834.
ii. The Arcadian or Pastoral State, 1834.
iii. The Consummation of Empire, 1836.
iv. Destruction, 1836.
v. Desolation, 1836.
The chair’s back is decorated with djed pillars (symbol for the god Osiris), Isis knot’s and in the middle the god Bes. 53 cm high ( 20 7/8 inch), 50cm wide (19 11/16 inch.).
Egyptian, New Kingdom, 18th dynasty, reign of Thutmose II, 1492 - 1473 BC.
Source: Metropolitan Museum
Such craftsmanship and so ancient!