Monday, July 31, 2017

Ancient Egypt July 31

The disappearing Sun Temple of Queen Nefertiti
The head of an Amarna princess on a Kom el-Nana block.

Kom el-Nana, site of a solar shrine for Nefertiti, is one of the last surviving peripheral cult complexes of ancient Akhetaten. Jacquelyn Williamson talks about her work reconstructing wall reliefs from the site, and its precarious condition.

37 Questions with UCLA Egyptologist Kara Cooney

Kara Cooney, a UCLA associate professor of near eastern languages and cultures, is a recognized expert on ancient Egypt, specifically the art and architecture. She specializes in coffin studies, economies in the ancient world and the female pharaoh Hatshepsut. Also among her areas of interest are gender issues of death in ancient Egypt, funerary arts in the ancient world and ritual studies.

In this video, she visits the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and answers questions about her work, ancient Egypt and studying culture in Los Angeles: "Los Angeles has every culture. It's a multi-cultural extravaganza."

Police foil attempt to steal goddess Isis statue in Nubia Museum

Police and employees of the Nubia Museum in Aswan on Sunday foiled an attempt to steal a statue depicting goddess Isis breastfeeding her son Horus.

A statement from the Antiquities Ministry indicated that the attempt occurred some time between 1:00pm and 4:00pm, when the museum was closed for lunch.

Was This Masterpiece Painted With Ground Mummy?

For centuries, European artists adorned their canvases with pigment made from the pulverized remains of ancient Egyptians.

Eugene Delacroix's most famous painting, "Liberty Leading the People," hangs in a revered spot in Paris' Louvre Museum. Inspired by the 1830 Paris Uprising, it has been held up as an embodiment of the French national ethos, and most recently as a justification for the country's controversial burkini ban.

But "Liberty Leading the People" may also have been literally painted with people.

New pharaonic tomb unearthed in Sharqia

The Egyptian Archaeological Mission of East Delta unearthed a pharaonic tomb in the city of al-Hosayneya in the al-Sharqia governorate.

Head of the Egyptian Antiquities Department at the Ministry of Antiquities Ayman Ashawi said that the tomb was discovered when a citizen who wanted to expand their house requested the land to be dug up.

The British Museum publishes the first 3D scan of the Rosetta Stone online

You no longer have to visit the British Museum in London to see the Rosetta Stone in detail. Last week, the museum published the first 3D scan of the famous slab of hieroglyphics online at Sketchfab, where its accompanied by the websites new sound support feature.

Pictures of the week

Isis-knot, the “Tyet”, personified as a Goddess the Tyet-Goddess is represented supporting the sky, and on her arms there are two Ankh-signs; she is flanked by the two eyes (the left eye, the eye of Horus, and the right eye, the eye of Ra), falcon, and a vulture. From the coffin of Amonemopet, Priest of Amon, 1069-945 BC. Louvre Museum.

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The road to Giza pyramids circa 1908.

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