Detail From ‘An Egyptian Feast’ by Edwin Long (1829-1891)

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Death is a timeless theme common to all religions. The corpse being taken around after the feast is a stark reminder to people to appreciate life as well as the ever present reality of death. The corpse attracts varying reactions, from indifference of the young to the reflective expressions of the older figures…

 

 


 

 

DETAIL FROM ‘AN EGYPTIAN FEAST’ BY EDWIN LONG (1829-1891)

Death is a timeless theme common to all religions…

As the label that accompanies this painting [1] says:

An Egyptian Feast was first exhibited in 1877 at the Royal Academy, London. The Sarcophagus with its dummy corpse being taken around after the feast is a stark reminder to people to appreciate life as well as the ever present reality of death. The corpse attracts varying reactions, from indifference of the young to the reflective expressions of the older figures. An Egyptian Feast was painted after Long visited Egypt in 1877 and depicts a number of artefacts in the British Museum.”

Complementary readings (Kindly suggested by Fabien Todescato):

AN 6.19 – Maraṇasati Sutta – Mindfulness of Death

AN 5.57 – Five Contemplations

SN 3.25 – Pabbatopama Sutta – The Simile of the Mountains

Many do not realize that
We here must die.
For those who realize this,
Quarrels end.

— Dhammapada 6 ~ Gil Fronsdal

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Notes

‘Detail From An Egyptian Feast – oil on canvas painting by Edwin Long (1829-1891)’
Location: Cartwright Hall, Lister Park, Bradford, UK.
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2017, 15:22
Camera: Samsung SM-J510FN
Settings: f/1.9 1/17 3.7mm ISO 400
Processing: PSE12

 

 

 

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