Monday, December 7, 2015

Ancient Egypt this week: Sobek, Seti, Nefertuti, Theda & Nutella

Oddly enough, there are other things in the news about Ancient Egypt besides Tut's tomb and Nefertiti. Although we can't completely ignore that topic, today's post does address some other news items, like the Theada Bara as Cleopatra and the Nutella scandal.

Scanning Sobek

If you're going to be in London in the next couple of months, come face to face with an enormous mummified crocodile from ancient Egypt, covered with small mummified crocodile hatchlings.

The ancient Egyptians believed this mummy was incarnation of the crocodile god Sobek.

Tuesday's Egyptian: Seti I

A post about the Seti I (father of Ramses the Great) from the lovely blog Egyptians.

By the time Pharaoh Seti I was buried in 1279 BC he had restored Egypt to the former glory lost during the Amarna period of a half century earlier. Seti left as tribute to his reign temples such as at Abydos with some of the finest raised reliefs known in Egyptian art of the New Kingdom. Seti's fourteen year long reign also resulted in one of the finest tombs ever constructed in Egypt, and certainly the finest in the Valley of the Kings at Thebes.

Hope for Nefertiti’s Tomb, and Egypt’s Economy

LUXOR, Egypt — For weeks, a group of explorers have scanned the walls of a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, using radar and infrared devices, in the hopes that science might confirm one Egyptologist’s theory: that hidden behind a wall of King Tutankhamen’s burial chamber sits the long-sought tomb of Queen Nefertiti.

How the movie industry created the legend of Queen Nefertiti and King Tut

Hidden chambers may have been discovered behind the world-famous tomb of King Tutankhamen in Egypt. Radar and infrared research point to “another chamber, another tomb” in the Valley of the Kings, leading experts to believe that they may have found the burial chamber of Queen Nefertiti, King Tut’s mother.

The New York Times says the find may revive Egypt’s ailing tourism industry, hurt by years of political upheaval. They may be disappointed — the “Egyptian revival” fad of the early 20th century wasn’t sparked by, but by Hollywood. To foreigners, Egypt’s most beloved queen wasn’t Nefertiti or Cleopatra, but an early film star whose productions are all but lost today. To foreigners, Egypt’s most beloved queen wasn’t Nefertiti or Cleopatra, but an early film star whose productions are all but lost today.

1922-1930 The deconstruction of Tutankhamun's tomb, in color 

The painstaking — and sometimes back-breaking — work of recording, cataloging and then removing every object, one-by-one, began in October 1926. The final objects were taken from the tomb, almost eight years after Carter's momentous discovery, on Nov. 10, 1930.

And, if that isn't tut-enuf for you, how about a youtube video?

From religious rituals to drama, Ancient Egyptians pioneered theater

Many people across the globe, Egyptians included, believe that it was the Greeks that invented the art of theater. However, ancient records and documents reveal that long before the Greeks, Ancient Egyptians were the first civilization to ever perform shows publicly.

Nutella Refuses to Customize Jar for 5-Year-Old Girl Named After Egyptian Goddess Isis

A five-year-old girl is missing out on Nutella’s “Make Me Yours” campaign, which allows customers to personalize jars of the popular hazelnut spread with their own names, in her native Australia because of her name — Isis.

Seriously, let's stop being such babies!

Object Biography # 18: A wooden cat coffin from Saqqara (Acc. no. 9303)

From Egypt at the Manchester Museum blog

Ancient Egypt is closely associated in the popular imagination with cats, and cat statuettes, coffins and mummies are common highlights of museum collections around the world. The reason they proliferate is because these images of the goddess Bastet were considered appropriate gifts to give to her.

Recently, archive research by volunteers at Manchester Museum enabled one particular example, previously without sure archaeological provenance, to be contextualised in time for our ‘Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed’ exhibition.