viernes, 24 de octubre de 2014

mERuaten palace scene

Wall painting of ducks flying out of a thicket. Representations of aquatic life and birds were often used in the decoration of private areas of palaces. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: Amarna, 18th dynasty c.1340 BC. Place of Origin: South Palace (Meruaten) Material/ Size: Painted plaster H=101 cm W=160 cm Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Location: 72

Amenenhat I

A raised-relief depiction of Amenemhat I accompanied by deities; the death of Amenemhat I is reported by his son Senusret I in the Story of Sinuhe.
A relief of pharaoh Amenemhet I before Egypt's deities, from his funerary temple at El-Lisht. Amenemhet I was the founder of the 12th dynasty of Egypt. The relief is now located in the Metropolitan Museum of New York.


Image taken from "The Nile Boat or Glimpses of the Land of Egypt", by William Henry Bartlett (1809-1854) published 1862. From: The Nile Boat or Glimpses of the Land of Egypt

Faience vesel with a depiction of the god Heh



Faience vesel with a depiction of the god Heh

Egyptian, 1350-1150 BC
From Tomb 61, Enkomi, Cyprus

The god of infinity

This faience vase has been made in the form of a closed lotus flower. It is decorated with a depiction of Heh. The primary meaning of the term Heh was 'millions', but Heh was transformed into the Egyptian god of infinity (as seen here), by association with the symbols for year and for rebirth. The god is shown in his usual guise as a kneeling man holding notched palm ribs (hieroglyphic symbol for 'year') in each hand and carrying one on his head. He is also holding lotus flowers, symbolic of rebirth. An Egyptian creation myth describes the new-born sun rising out of a lotus floating on the waters of Nun, personification of the ocean of chaos. Heh was also one of the Ogdoad, a group of eight primeval deities whose main cult centre was at Hermopolis Magna.
This vessel was found in one of the tombs at Enkomi in Cyprus, which contained many imported items, illustrating both the wealth of the occupants and the island's key position in the circulation of cultural influences during the Late Bronze Age
V. Tatton-Brown, Ancient Cyprus, 2nd ed. (London, The British Museum Press, 1997)

Faience dish decorated with a scene of the River Nile

Faience dish decorated with a scene of the River Nile

Egyptian, 1400-1200 BC
From Tomb 66, Enkomi, Cyprus
This attractive dish of pale blue faience shows a man wearing an Egyptian kilt and punting a papyrus boat along a river. A cow or bull sits under a canopy, and below the boat swims a large fish.
Papyrus skiffs, made of bundles of reeds lashed together, were the simplest form of boat in ancient Egypt. They were used for hunting and fishing, and for short journeys across or along the Nile. The animal being carried in the boat may simply be being transported from one place to another, or is perhaps destined as a sacrifice as part of a funerary feast.
The Enkomi tombs contained a rich mixture of local and imported products. They illustrate the wealth of the site in the Late Bronze Age, and the key position occupied by Cyprus in cultural exchanges at this time.
I. Shaw and P. Nicholson (eds.), British Museum dictionary of A (London, The British Museum Press, 1995

bakering, Ramses III tpmb

A depiction of the royal bakery from an engraving in the tomb of Ramesses III in the Valley of the Kings. There are many types of loaves, including ones that are shaped like animals. 20th dynasty


A detail of a painting from the tomb of Nakht depicting a blind harpist at a banquet. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: 18th dynasty c.1421-1413BC. Place of Origin: Tomb no .52, West Thebes. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ . Location: 107.