Monday, August 22, 2016

Ancient Egypt this week: The importance of spice and graffiti

The most important things we have ever found

Image: The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL
“F.P. (Flinders) thought them among the most important things we have ever found” wrote Hilder Petrie in April 1953, of her husband’s opinion, quite a statement considering archaeologist Flinders Petrie excavated in Egypt over four decades until 1924. But what were the important excavation materials Hilder Petrie was referring to…..?

Most interesting graffiti: Egyptian fresco Aubervilliers

The Seine-Saint-Denis has long been a land of creation of urban art . The frescoes that adorn facades of buildings, highway pillars , walls, bridges ... give color to the landscape of 93. These works are often performed by recognized artists who are well visible to all.

4,200-Year-Old Egyptian Temple  of Dendara Discovered to Have Remarkably Well Preserved Artwork
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Scattered throughout modern Egypt are many ancient temples which are famous for their splendor and historical significance. The perfect example of one of these breathtaking displays of luxury is the Temple of Hathor. Built around 2250 BC, the artwork that runs throughout the building is remarkably well kept, despite being thousands and thousands of years old. As the main temple within the significant Dendera Temple complex, it is known for being one of the best-preserved sites in all of Egypt.

Proving its MET’tle

A pyramid, a gargantuan limestone sarcophagus, canopic jars used by the Ancient Egyptians to store the internal organs that were removed from the body during mummification… It’s like being in Egypt but without the desert and camels! The Metropolitan Museum of Art which opened in a Gothic Revival-style building in 1870 has grown into more than two-million-square-feet along New York City’s Central Park, on Fifth Avenue.


Compiled by Charles Woods. Photos are believed to have been taken between 1880 and 1920 - Colours are hand tinted. Click the link in the title to see all of them.  This is from the Ancient Luxor site.

Spices of Life in Ancient Egypt

When 19th-century British explorers first discovered the tombs of the ancient Egyptians, the folks back home in England were captivated. Stories abounded in the popular press about cursed mummies, haunted crypts and ancient gods whose wrath followed the despoilers home and hounded them to an early grave....The heady aromas and spices of the Middle East were suddenly in very high demand. Exotic flavors from the mysterious region were in vogue, just like the tales of high drama and daring adventure that accompanied them.

Maya and Merit on the Move

The last Video Friday: Highlights of Saqqara at the National Museum of Antiquities provided an insight into the beautiful statues of Maya and Merit. This week, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden  provided these fascinating photographs of moving the statue inside the museum. The statues will be in their new home on November 18th.

Penshenabu: picture of the week

Egyptian statue reprensented a priest called Penshenabu from the 19th Dynasty, about 1200 BCE.
Penshenabu offers an altar with a ram's head, heart sacred to the god Amun of Thebes. Egyptian museum, Turin.