Ancient Egyptian funeral shroud kinda looks like Tron’s master villain MCP

On the left, we have an Ancient Egyptian funeral shroud dating from 664-525 BCE, exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago. This artifact is a piece of mortuary art typically used to cover or wrap a body for burial in ancient Egypt. It is highly decorative, and the craftsmanship reflects the intricate beadwork that ancient Egyptians were known for. Such artifacts are of great archaeological significance as they offer insights into the burial practices, beliefs about the afterlife, and artistic techniques of ancient civilizations.

On the right, there is a depiction of the Master Control Program (MCP) from the 1982 Walt Disney Productions film, “Tron.” The MCP is a fictional character and serves as the main antagonist in the movie. It’s depicted as a red, glowing face with a dark background. This image reflects the early computer graphics and visual effects used in the film industry during the early 1980s. The MCP, as part of a sci-fi movie, represents the theme of technology and artificial intelligence and their potential control over human lives.

The two images share a visual similarity in the color scheme and the centralized face-like feature in both the funeral shroud and the MCP character. The funeral shroud’s blue grid is a bit like the common blue grid seen in 80s computer aesthetic.

Both have this feeling of a face staring at you from the beyond.

Despite the temporal, cultural, and contextual differences between the two, there’s an intriguing juxtaposition here: one represents an ancient tradition rooted in religion and the afterlife, and the other represents modern concerns about technology and virtual reality.

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