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Death on the Nile

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Artful Magic
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

Scenes of plenty fill the mortuary chapel of an official named Nefer dating from about 2350 B.C. He and his wife sit at tables laden with loaves of bread shaped like the reeds that abounded in the marshes of the Nile River. Sculpted in stone and painted, foods and beverages that included waterfowl, a leg of beef, and jars of beer were all designed to magically become real and sustain the deceased in the afterlife.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia
Lens: 28-70mm Nikkor zoom
Speed and F-Stop: 1 second @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Midday
Lighting Techniques: Tungsten lights

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