sábado, 9 de agosto de 2014


A relief from the temple of Hathor at Dendera. A squatting woman is giving birth assisted by two goddesses Hathor. Hathor with Taweret was invoked during childbearing. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: Ptolemaic Period c.323-30 BC. Place of Origin: Dendera. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Egyptian Museum, Cairo . Location: 82.

Arsinoe III

Portrait head of Queen Arsinoe III.She belonged to a line of Macedonian rulers that reigned in Egypt after the death of Alexander the Great. Her hairstyle reflects the fashion of the period. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Hellenistic. Date/Period: 235-204 BC. Material Size: Bronze. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/Antiquarium Gallery, New York . Location: 02.

viernes, 8 de agosto de 2014

priestess of Isis

The gravestone of a priestess of Isis. it is carved with a funerary urn from which a snake is emerging. Country of Origin: Italy. Culture: Roman. Credit: Werner Forman Archive/J.Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, USA

caja ushebris

One of a pair of wooden boxes which held the 401 shabti figures provided to work for Princess Maatkare in the afterlife. The texts note she is beloved of Osiris and Anubis. Maatkare was sister of Psusennes I and held the senior female religious title of God's Wife of Amun. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: 21st Dynasty, c. 1000 BC. Place of Origin: Thebes, Deir el-Bahri. Material Size: Painted wood w = 43 cm. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Egyptian Museum, Cairo . Location: 39.

miércoles, 6 de agosto de 2014

Stela depicting Anubis and a mummy on a bed for for Pachom-alal, son of Peteharsomtous

Vemos al dios Anubis y la momia en su cama funeraria.
Mide 36.2 X 36 cm
Es del período romano y fue encontrada en Dendera.
Está en el Mueo Metropolitano.


 Stela depicting Anubis and a mummy on a bed for for Pachom-alal, son of Peteharsomtous

Stela of Siamun and Taruy worshipping Anubis

Stela of Siamun and Taruy worshipping Anubis.
New Kingdom
dnasty XVIII
Sandstone, paint

Met Museum.

source: metmuseum,.org

domingo, 3 de agosto de 2014


Falcon head representing the god Sokaris on the silver coffin of Shoshenq II from the royal necropolis at Tanis. Shoshenq II, High Priest of Amun at Thebes, ruled for a short period as co-regent of his father Osorkon I. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Pharaonic. Date/Period: Third Intermediate, 22nd Dynasty. Place of Origin: Tanis c. 890 BC. Material Size: Silver. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Egyptian Museum, Cairo . Location: 39.


time in the history of Egyptian excavations an
opportunity of studying the burial of a great
N March 9, 1925, the Egyptian Government personage of this significant period, about fifteen
announced the discovery of a large intact hundred years older than the royal tombs of the
tomb of the time of Sneferuw, by the Harvard- New Kingdom, and the discovery aroused im-
Boston Expedition in its excavations at the Giza mediate interest in the historical material which
pyramids. Sneferuw was the first king of Dynasty the tomb might contain.
IV, about 3000 B.C., and was supposed to be the At the time of the discovery I was in America,
father of Cheops. He himself built the first true where I had gone at the end of January to resume
pyramid, the northern stone pyramid at Dahshur, my periodical duties at Harvard University and
while his immediate descendants constructed the the Museum of Fine Arts. I had left Mr. Alan
great pyramids at Giza and that at Abu Roash. Rowe, assisted by Mr. T. D. R. Greenlees, the
In Dynasty III the great architect Imhotep had head-reis Said Ahmed Said, and the rest of the
constructed the Step Pyramid at Saqqarah with regular organization, to finish the work planned
its wonderful temple for King Zoser, and had ap- for the season. Thus it was my assistants who had
parently translated for the first time the highly the pleasure of the first view of the tomb. Lookdeveloped
crude-brick architecture of that period ing into the burial chamber from a small opening
into finely dressed small blocks of limestone. In at the top of the doorway, the excavators had
Dynasty IV, a few generations later, the unknown seen a beautiful alabaster sarcophagus with its
architects of Sneferuw and Cheops had substi- lid in place. Partly on the sarcophagus and partly
tuted massive blocks of limestone for the small fallen behind it lay about twenty gold poles and
blocks of Imhotep and had also begun the trans- beams of a large canopy; on the western edge of
lation of the limestone architecture into granite. the lid were spread several sheets of gold inlaid
It was the architectural use of this obdurate with faience; on the floor, a confused mass was
material which gave so archaic an appearance to visible of parts of gold-cased chairs and other
the temples of the Giza pyramids, in particular objects, - lion -legs, palm -capitals, decorated
to the valley temple of Chephren beside the Great arms, bars and beams, all showing the yellow
Sphinx, and limited the use of inscriptions and glitter of gold; and amongst these lay copper and
reliefs in those temples. Dynasty IV was, how- alabaster vessels, while further back a mound of
ever, not the beginning but rather the culmina- pottery hid the southern part of the deposit.
tion of the great creative period of Egyptian arts The sheets of inlaid gold seized on the attention;
and crafts, and the great pyramids of three of its for, in a moment, the inlays were observed to
kings at Giza mark the place of the activities of form an inscription with the royal cartouche of
the foremost architects and sculptors of the age. King Sneferuw, and the excavators realized that
Thus the intact Giza tomb presented for the first they had an intact tomb of a royal personage of
The Discovery of the Tomb.


Signet ring, with cartouche, for the Pharaoh Tutankhamun:
"Perfect God, Lord of the Two Lands"–('Ntr-Nfr, Neb-taui' – right to left)

sábado, 2 de agosto de 2014


A fragment of a relief depicting animal and food offerings. Such reliefs come from the temples and palaces at Akhenaten (Amarna), the capital of Egypt under Akhenaton, but after the destruction of the site were re-used as foundation blocks. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: 18th dynasty c.1352-1336 BC, Amarna period. Material/ Size: Limestone. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Mc Alpine Collection . Location: 72.


Wooden sculpture of Queen Tiye, mother of Akhenaten, in the form of Taweret, protector of women in childbirth. Taweret was a hippopotamus deity, here represented as a composite figure with human face, and a crocodile skin at the back. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: 18th Dynasty, c. 1370 BC. Material Size: wood. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Museo Egizio, Turin . Location: 47.

Kom el-Shuqafa

The extensive complex of burial chambers at Kom el-Shuqafa, combining Greek and Egyptian design elements. View of a column with decorated capital, a relief carving of a snake / dragon, and a statue in a niche. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: Roman Period, 2nd C AD. Place of Origin: Kom el-Shuqafa (Esch-Chugafa), Alexandria. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive. Location: 83.


Vase, or possible an ornament in the shape of a bunch of grapes. Country of Origin:Ancient Egypt Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: Late 18th Dynasty, possibly Amarna period, 1353 - 1335 BC. Material: H-12.6 cm. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Private Collection, New York


Green basalt figure of a falcon with votary, from the reign of King Nectanebo. During this late period the king established shrines in large temples with statues of himself in this form, evoking both the sun god, Ra, and the god of kingship, Horus. These statues are thought to represent the divine power of kingship. Country of Origin: Egypt Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: Late Period, 30th Dynasty, 380 - 343 BC. Material Size: basalt. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/Christie's, London . Location: 49.
This small face of Akhenaten is made of lapis lazuli. It is smoothed down at the back. The forehead has broken off at an oblique angle. The transition from the face to the crown is preserved only on the right side of the forehead. The tip of the nose is damaged. The beardless face is elongated with a narrow jaw and a rounded pointed chin. The cheeks appear hollow because of the high oblique cheekbones. The narrow oblique eyes are indicated only by the upper lids framed by the rounded eyebrows. No contours or pupils have been marked on them. The slender nose has wide wings and drilled nostrils. The mouth has full protruding lips, and downwards from the corners of the mouth runs a curved slight swelling. These are the characteristic features of the portraiture of Pharaoh Akhenaten, despite the horizontal line of the chin in this portrait, which in Akhenaten's reign would have been represented drooping, and the absence of the typically sharp jaw line. The eyes, albeit narrower, resemble those of the king's parents, Amenhotep III and Tiy. This fragmentary face, which preserves only the front part, has the appearance of a mask. The use of lapis lazuli is noteworthy, because blue was the colour associated with the god Amun.