viernes, 21 de octubre de 2016

A red granite block

A red granite block depicting foreign towns captured during the reign of Ramesses II. They are: Iter (in Nubia), Meshwesh (a Libyan ethnic group), and Keshkesh (a town on southern coast of the Black Sea). Originally from Bubastis, 19th dynasty, circa 1250 BC. EA 1104.

A limestone "pair statue" of Queens Hetepheres II and Meresankh III

A limestone "pair statue" of Queens Hetepheres II and Meresankh III. Hetepheres II was the mother of Meresankh III, and in this statue embraces her daughter, who predeceased her. Found in Meresankh III's tomb, originally from Giza (tomb G 7530-7540), from the 4th dynasty, circa 2630-2524 BC. Museum Expedition 30.1456. If born late of King Sneferu-(reign: 2613-2589 BC), or Khufu-(2589-2566), then the years may be 2590s-80s down to the ca 2524 BC

martes, 18 de octubre de 2016


Bigeh island ruins in the Old Aswan Dam reservoir

View of the Island of Philae with Isis Temple and Trajan's Kiosk, in the Nile, Nubia. Island of Bigeh and its ruins in foreground. 1838 painting by David Roberts.

Philae island seen from Biga island, Nubia, engraving from Panorama of Egypt and Nubia, 1841, by Hector Horeau (1801-1872)


lunes, 17 de octubre de 2016

Coffin of Nakhtkhnum

Coffin of Nakhtkhnum
Period:Middle KingdomDynasty:Dynasty 13Date:ca. 1802–1640 B.C.Geography:From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Meir (Mir), Khashaba excavationsMedium:Wood, paintDimensions:L. 207.5 cm (81 11/16 in); W. 51.8 cm (20 3/8 in); H. 68 cm (26 3/4 in)Credit Line:Rogers Fund, 1915Accession Number:15.2.2a, b
The brilliantly painted exterior of the coffin of Khnumnakht, an individual unknown except for his name, displays the multiplicity of texts and decorative panels characteristic of coffin decoration in the late Middle Kingdom. It has at least one feature—the figure of the goddess on the head end—that is rare before the late Middle Kingdom. The figures and hieroglyphs have been drawn by the confident hand of a skilled artist and each hieroglyph has been carefully painted in the prescribed manner of the time and place in which the coffin was made.
On the left side of the coffin box there is an architectural façade with a small doorway in the center at the bottom. This is the equivalent of the Old Kingdom false door, which allowed the spirit of the deceased to move between the land of the dead and the land of the living. In this case, it is painted to resemble two wooden door leaves secured with two door bolts. Above the door are two eyes that look forth into the land of the living. The face of the mummy would have been directly behind this panel. The rest of the exterior is inscribed with invocations to, and recitations by, various primeval deities, particularly those associated with death and rebirth, such as Osiris, foremost god of the dead, and Anubis, god of embalming.

Khonsu's anthropoid coffins

Khonsu's anthropoid coffins
Period: New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty: Dynasty 19
Reign: reign of Ramesses II
Date: ca. 1279–1213 B.C.
Geography: From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Medina, Tomb of Sennedjem (TT 1), Egyptian Antiquities Service/Maspero excavations, 1885–86
Medium: Wood, gesso, paint, varnish
Dimensions: H of taller coffin: 200 cm (78 3/4 in)
Credit Line: Funds from various donors, 1886
Accession Number: 86.1.1–.2-related
Khonsu's coffins are decorated with images of various gods and goddesses as well as those of Khonsu and his wife Tameket. The outer coffin depicts Khonsu wearing the curving false beard of Osiris, god of the afterlife. The inner coffin shows him wearing the elaborate wig and short beard that were fashionable during his life.,.2/

Sarcophagus of Pabasa

The Sarcophagus of Pabasa in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Scotland

The lid of the coffin of Queen Ahhotep.

The lid of the coffin of Queen Ahhotep. She is depicted wearing a heavy wig which culminates in curls, each with a blue circle in the centre. Her eyes are marked in white alabaster and the irises in obsidian. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: 18th Dynasty, reign of Ahmose, 1550 - 1525 BC. Place of Origin: Dra Abu el-Naga. Material/ Size: Wood, gold leaf, alabaster and obsidian, H= 212 cm. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Location: 39