Monday, June 27, 2016

Ancient Egypt this week: 3-D is the word!

3D Technologies Digitally Unwrap Mummies' Secrets

There is something almost magically fascinating about mummies. Apart from the somewhat macabre notion that you are staring at the wrappings of a dead body, there are notions of the whispered secrets contained within and a connection to a desire for eternity that is irresistible to so many people. Mummy exhibits at museums are supremely popular and nearly every child has gone through a phase in her/his life when they hear the call of Ancient Egypt.

A 3D interactive animation of the tomb-chapel of Nebamun

The British Museum acquired 11 wall-paintings from the tomb-chapel of a wealthy Egyptian official called Nebamun in the 1820s. Dating from about 1350 BC, they are some of the most famous works of art from Ancient Egypt.

Following a 10-year period of conservation and research, the paintings are now on display together for the first time. They give the impression of the walls of colour that would have been experienced by the ancient visitors to the tomb-chapel.

Objects dating from the same time period and a 3D animation of the tomb-chapel will help to set the tomb-chapel in context and allow visitors to experience how the finished tomb would have looked.

Tutankhamun collection to be moved to Grand Egyptian Museum by end of 2016

A documentary on the transportation processes of this distinguished collection will be screened at the GEM during its official inauguration.'

After almost 84 years, the treasured collection of the golden king Tutankhamun will be moved from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to its new permanent exhibition hall at the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) overlooking the Giza Plateau.

Time to freak out: Cats invade Cincinnati Art Museum

CreditPhoto Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

A mew – err, new – exhibit at the museum illustrates that. "Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt" runs now through Sept. 11. (By the way, you'll find more dubious puns in the exhibit's signage – think "fur-tography purr-mitted.")

Organized by the Brooklyn Museum, the exhibit features 80 pieces from the institution's Egyptian collection that relate to the role of cats, lions and other felines in ancient Egyptian culture.

Here's a piece from the New York Times from when the exhibit was at the Brooklyn Museum.

Egypt Museum's July Piece of the Month to be selected by Facebook vote

The Egyptian community and antiquities lovers worldwide now have the opportunity to take part in the selection of the Egyptian Museum's Piece of the Month

Elham Salah, head of the ministry's Museums Sector, told Ahram Online that the selection of the Egyptian Museum's Piece of the month would not be chosen by the museum's board but instead by the community and antiquities lovers throughout the world through voting on a dozen of artifacts posted on the Ministry's official Facebook page. Move your mouse over the photos until you see the word Voting.

Cruising through antiquity on the Nile, without the crowds
Terri Colby / Chicago Tribune

On the top deck of the cruise ship River Tosca, the swimming pool was cool and inviting in the afternoon heat. Below, the fabled Nile River was wide and blue and calm. Palm trees dotted the shoreline where farm animals grazed.

And I had the deck of the 236-foot ship all to myself.

Great Pyramid of Giza Is Slightly Lopsided
Credit: Mark Lehner

The Great Pyramid of Giza may be a Wonder of the Ancient World, but it's not perfect: Its base is a little lopsided because its builders made a teensy mistake when constructing it, new research reveals.

Picture of the week

An amazing piece by Sanio Digital Art, which you can purchase for the bargain price of $22.