It's amazing what you'll find when you count art!

Can art and statistics get along?

Check out this introductory video about the Art of Counting project. Learn how we combine art historical research and statistics to better understand our shared visual history.

The Red Looped Sash

New research on an enigmatic element of royal regalia.

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Every detail matters

Correlation

Guess what? You already understand it.

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Gorgeous colors & resplendent details are a gift from the past not to be wasted.

Ground-breaking research

Download the PhD dissertation, Excel spreadsheets of raw data and more!

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Hacking the Ankh

What does this ubiquitous Egyptian symbol really mean?

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Uncovering patterns hidden in plain sight

Factor analysis and art history

How does it work and what can it reveal?

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You put your botany in my Egyptology!

Ancient Egypt's lappet wig

Examination of pharaoh's most democratic headgear.

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Every piece is important to solving the puzzle!

Tacky Tourists

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Hacking the Atef crown

A brief discussion of this elaborate crown at Medinet Habu.

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Not just pretty pictures...

though we do have a lot of pretty pictures.

Directed vs. Data-driven research

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Cluster analysis & art history

It's not as scary as it looks!

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Hacking the king's sandals

In-depth discussion on the symbolism of pharaoh's footwear.

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  • Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Flows

    Tomb of Ramses III (KV 11) NOTE: This variable is connected with libation offerings, particularly those offerings that show the king pouring a liquid out before the god.  The database tracks a wide variety of aspects related to these complex actions, including whether the vessel …

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  • Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Horns on headgear

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    Temple of Seti I at Abydos NOTE: Two primary types of horns appear in royal headgear: the twisted, horizontal horns of the ovis longipes ram (which are often a component of both the atef and shwty crowns), and the curved rams horn of the ovis …

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  • Event includes 3D printing of ancient artifacts at San Francisco Asian Art Museum

    Wired reports on a Scanathon that occurred last week at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum.  An invited group of  artists, 3D enthusiasts, and Autodesk  innovators pored through the museum photographing a number of prominent objects and rendering them as scale replicas using rendering software and 3D …

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  • Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Disc hovering overhead

    Tomb of Khaemwaset (QV 44) NOTE: Discs often appear over the king’s head, as do vultures and falcons.  These emblems represent divine protection or, in some instances, identification, for the king.  Variations in their appearances, including elements such as the uraei and any symbols they …

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  • Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Receiving from deity

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    Temple of Seti I at Abydos NOTE: This variable covers the action of any element being given to the king.  There are both active (where he actually grasps or cups the item) and passive (where he does not make physical contact) versions of this variable. …

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  • Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Falcon shirt

    Temple of Seti I at Abydos NOTE: Falcon shirts, and falcon garments in general, became particularly prominent in the Eighteenth Dynasty.  Several relief examples are preserved at Hatshepsut’s temple at Deir el Bahri, on monuments of Amenhotep III, and the temple of Seti I at …

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  • Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Falcon on headgear

    Tomb of Khaemwaset (QV 44) NOTE: This variable refers to falcons in any location on the headgear.  Generally, they are shown wrapped around the back of the head, as seen here, but sometimes the bird–representative of the god Horus–perches atop the crown instead.  The variations …

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  • Egyptian faience and 3D printing

    Ancient Egyptian faience, the self-glazing material composed of quartz, lime and a variety of other ingredients, may hold the key to streamlining a new technological process.  As reported by Gizmag, the ability of faience to harden and glaze in a single firing holds great potential …

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  • Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Ankh held to nose

    Temple of Seti I at Abydos NOTE: This gesture indicates the bestowal of life to the recipient.  This example also includes two was scepters, representative of dominion.  

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  • Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Multiple uraei

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    Tomb of Khaemwaset (QV 44) NOTE: This variable refers to ANY additional uraei on the head of the king beyond the expected uraeus (cobra) on the brow.  The various types of additional uraei, including their placement and headgear, are differentiated in the database.  Sometimes, they …

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The Art of Counting is dedicated to the memory of Margery Meilleur, who first taught me to view history through the eyes of the images we create.