“If it were up to me, every museum would have an Egyptian hall, so the Houston Museum of Natural Science fulfils this child’s dream. While there are no big pieces in this “permanent but changing” exhibition — no gigantic stone sphinxes, no towering carved pharaohs, no solid gold funerary masks to make our jaws drop — there are abundant treasures of the modest kind. Spanning 4,000 years of history, the hundreds of pieces are a diverse lot, mostly on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Germany’s famed Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum; Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum; England’s Chiddingstone Castle; and the University of Sydney’s Nicholson Museum. Painted shards of bas-reliefs, jewellery, musical instruments, sculptor’s tools, mummies and mummy cases are choice, prime examples of their kind.
Feast on the panoply of ancient Egypt in its most intimate moments. Get lost among the wonders. Be on the lookout for a fantastic beaded fishnet dress from the Late Period that would be too daring for even Lady Gaga; check out that bearded mummy of Ptolemaic “general” Ossipumphnoferu — a real specialty, since no one in Egypt wore beards; discover a lovingly wrapped cat mummy, whose fur pokes out between the bandages; discover a miniature broken limestone statue of a husband and wife that brings the faces of ancient Egypt smack into the present
Eternal Egypt lives on — to provoke, captivate and beguile. Hail, Houston Museum of Natural Science!” – via Houston Press.
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