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Orient-Express - The Maudslay Collection

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London, British Museum, January 1923

- And now gentlemen, it's time for our Pièce de Resistance !
Julius Smith took a dramatic pause, then unveil a massive statue of a woman with a delicately chiseled head of a cat. The audience gasped as they saw the eyes of the statue shining brightly, giving life to what was with no doubt the pinnacle of the exposition.
- I present you Bubastis ! Excavated from what we though was a simple mastaba in 1882 during the Maudslay expedition, this was in fact the central piece of an ancient temple dedicated to the well-known cat goddess, also known as Bastet.
The professor kept going on about the probable significance and datation of the statue. Choura and Cihat listened patiently but Carl was intrigued by the brilliance of the opal eyes. Moving around, he soon discovered the reason of his fascination : theses stone were not crimped, they were natively included into the rock the statue's head was sculpted from ! Theses eyes were two polished and connected outcrops of one big chunk of chalcedony.

Pencil doodle on A6 sketchbook
Excerpt from an ongoing run of Call of Cthulhu Campaign : Terror on the Orient-Express
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