Monday, July 10, 2017

Ancient Egypt July 10



"WHEN THE MUMMY OF MY CHILD REACHES YOU, KEEP GUARD UNTIL I ARRIVE"

These are the poignant words found on a wooden label held in the Egypt Centre in Swansea. This simple tabula anisette shaped item, with its 4 holes for attachment, was placed on a mummy as an identification tag.

A taste of ancient Egypt in Niagara

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE — Famous Egyptologist Gayle Gibson of the Royal Ontario Museum and Laura Ranieri of Ancient Egypt Alive are offering Niagarans a “Taste of Ancient Egypt”.

The pair will be hosting a history and travel talk from 2-4 p.m. at The Hare Wine Co., on Sunday, July 9 at Niagara-on-the-Lake. The special afternoon will celebrate Niagara’s 150 years of travel and acquisition along the Nile – with stories of early exploration, untold treasures – and the tombs, temples and wonders of this ancient land. The ‘vintage’ presentation will be paired with a Hare Wine Co. wine tasting – and will include information on Egypt tours slated for fall and winter 2017 and 2018.

Archaeological Museum of Naples showcases new brightly lit setup for its Egyptian collection

Light is the leitmotiv to the new setup in the section of the National Archaeological Museum of Naples devoted to Egyptian antiquities, which reopened to the public after a long hiatus (from 2010 [to October 2016]).


My pilgrimage to the Oriental Institute Museum

Because I was in Chicago; and, although I've been to University of Chicago many times, I've never been to the OI. Oddly enough for me I spent a lot of time in the Assyrian Empire Gallery, although I did not neglect Egypt.


The Oriental Institute Museum is a world-renowned showcase for the history, art, and archaeology of the ancient Near East. The museum displays objects recovered by Oriental Institute excavations in permanent galleries devoted to ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, and the ancient site of Megiddo, as well as rotating special exhibits.

Photos of the week

TUTANKHAMUN, recumbent upon a lion-bier

Tomb Gift of Maya (Chancellor of the Exchequer during the reign of Tutankhamun). Carter 331a. Egyptian Museum Cairo © Hans Ollermann 2015.
Carter 331a.
Burton 1051.
Howard Carter discovered 413 Shabti in the Tomb of Tutankhamun. Here you see one of them.

The the goddess Sekhmet

The Goddess Sekhmet, illustration from Egyptian Pantheon: Collection of mythological figures from ancient Egypt ' by Jean-Francois Champollion, published 1823-25