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: Contact with deity

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    Temple of Seti I at Abydos  

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  • Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Sehemty crown

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    Temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu NOTE: The sehemty crown represents control over the Two Lands of Egypt.  It is a combination of the deshret crown and hedjet crown and is often referred to as the Dual crown.  

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  • Tacky Tourist: You’re covering the wrong end, dear

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    Our ongoing series of toursits doing or wearing…shall we say interesting things.  Some will make you ROFLYAO, some will make your blood boil, and some will make you want to wander about with a long switch so you could treat inappropriately exposed flesh to a …

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  • Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Sidelock

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    Tomb of Khaemwaset (QV 44) NOTE: This particular hairstyle came to be the archetypal symbol of youth, whether it appeared on princes, as here, or deities like Horus and Khonsu.

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  • Discovery of a New Tomb in the Valley of the Kings Announced!

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    A few days ago, Luxor News announced that there would soon be exciting news about a find in the Valley of the Kings. Knowing Jane’s connections and context, I was eager to see what came out. Today, Mansour Boraik, the eminent head of Antiquities for …

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  • Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Vessel — nw

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    Temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu NOTE: The small, rounded nw jars are generally associated with wine offerings.  They are usually offerred in pairs, as here.  

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  • Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Cloth loop

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    Tomb of Khaemwaset (QV 44) NOTE: This loop of cloth is often found in the hands of khu-fan bearers (here, the prince holds it with a hook).  When rendered in color, it is usually white.  

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  • Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Jackal heads

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    Tomb of Khaemwaset (QV44) NOTE: Tiny jackal heads, very similar in appearance to those found at the end of many Middle Kingdom magic wands (link is to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection of these enigmatic items), often appear in the tips of the king’s …

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  • Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Buckle

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    Tomb of Khaemwaset (QV44)  

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  • Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Manacled foe

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    Temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu NOTE: In addition to other differentiators (race, costume, etc.), foes are considered Aggressive, Bound, Controlled (grasped in the hand/underfoot vs. tied), or Manacled.  Manacles are not terribly common, but appear to have been used for the leaders.  This …

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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.