Recursion all the way down

I saw an image of Tutankhamun’s golden ostrich-feather fan in the newest issue of Nature today.

(click for larger image)

I have seen this fan in person. It shows an embossed hunting scene with a man (Tutankhamun, presumably) in a chariot drawing a bow and arrow.

What I find remarkable about it is, on the far left hand side of the image, there is an ostrich feather fan (just behind the hunter) being carried by a tiny anthropomorphic ankh with legs.

The fan in the image itself has an image embossed on it. I suppose it is the same scene repeated again, but when I saw it in person I couldn’t make out enough detail to tell if this was the case.

It’s too bad that the artist who made this is anonymous and dead, because he or she was awesome.


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