lunes, 22 de junio de 2015

Section of a relief.

Section of a relief. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: 20th dynasty c. 1186-1070 BC. Material Size: painted relief. / Egyptian Museum, Cairo

Sarcophagus of Sennedjem.

Sarcophagus of Sennedjem.
This rectangular sarcophagus of Sennedjem was placed on removable sledge runners. The sledge was built with holes in the two long sides to ease moving it from the place of mummification to the tomb.
The sarcophagus is decorated with vignettes from the Book of the Dead, Spells 1 and 17. It is bordered with texts arranged in panels. There are also portrayals of those deities who were in charge of protecting the deceased in the afterlife. The interior ...of this sarcophagus is painted and decorated with the text and vignette of Spell 18 of the Book of the Dead.
The lid is decorated with vignettes from the Book of the Dead and with depictions of members of Sennedjem's family.
JE 27301

miércoles, 17 de junio de 2015

Long sleeved linen tunic

 Long sleeved linen tunic

From Thebes, perhaps Deir el-Bahari, Egypt
Possibly 19th Dynasty, about 1275 BC
A votive tunic with an image of the goddess Hathor
A votive object is one that is offered to a deity, often with prayers, in the hope of receiving good fortune. Many types of object were left in temples all over Egypt for this purpose. The goddess Hathor often received votive offerings. She was a deity with wide responsibilities including joy, music and dance. She was also one of the major deities with a popular cult; ordinary people could appeal to these gods and goddesses.
Hathor's cult was very prominent on the west bank of the Nile at Thebes, in the area of the temples of Deir el-Bahari. Here there was a shrine specifically dedicated to Hathor, as well as a shrine in the temples of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III.
This small tunic bears an image of Hathor as a cow coming out of the mountain of the West, an extremely common Theban motif associated with burial and rebirth. Below is an inscription of the woman who dedicated the tunic. It has been described as the tunic of a child, but it is more likely to be one specially produced for the purpose.
S. Quirke, Ancient Egyptian religion (London, The British Museum Press, 1992)
G. Pinch, Votive Offerings to Hathor (Oxford, Griffith Institute, Ashmolean Museum, 1993)

 British Museum