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Museum piece #20

Museum piece #20

 Object EA 59500 is an obsidian amulet in the shape of two fingers which dates to the Late Period. This type of amulet depicts the index and middle fingers and was used in the mummification process; however, there is some debate about its intended role. They were placed with the mummy wrappings close to the […]

NEWS: Tomb of the 26th dynasty ruler of Upper Egypt uncovered in Asasif, Luxor

NEWS: Tomb of the 26th dynasty ruler of Upper Egypt uncovered in Asasif, Luxor

“Within the framework of the South Assassif Conservation Project on Luxor’s west bank, an Egyptian-American stumbled upon a 26th dynasty tomb that belongs to the vizier of Upper Egypt, Badi-Bastet. Mahmoud Afifi, the head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Department, explained that the tomb was found inside the tomb of Karabasken, who was Thebes’ ruler […]

EVENT: Masterworks from ancient Egypt’s Middle Kingdom set for Met Museum this Fall

EVENT: Masterworks from ancient Egypt’s Middle Kingdom set for Met Museum this Fall

 “The reunification of ancient Egypt achieved by Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II-the first pharaoh of the Middle Kingdom-was followed by a great cultural flowering that lasted nearly 400 years. During the Middle Kingdom (mid-Dynasty 11-Dynasty 13, around 2030-1650 B.C.), artistic, cultural, religious, and political traditions first conceived and instituted during the Old Kingdom were revived and reimagined.  […]

Thursday Photo

Thursday Photo

  This week’s photo is courtesy of Tour Egypt.

Tuesday Tomb – KU5

Tuesday Tomb – KU5

This week we are heading to Sudan to the tomb of Queen Qalhata.  Qalhata was the queen of Shabaka and the daughter of Piye, the first pharaoh of the Twenty-fifth Dynasty (also known as the Kushite Dynasty). She was also the mother of the pharaoh Tanwetamani. All of the Nubian kings (with the exception of […]

Hello, mummy!

 This week we are meeting the wife of Yuya, the lady Tjuyu. Tjuyu was the mother of Queen Tiye, the Great Royal Wife of Amenhotep III. She was also the grandmother of Akhenaten and the great-grandmother of Tutankhamun. There is some speculation that she was the mother of the controversial figure, Ay.  Tjuyu was of […]

Thursday Photo

Thursday Photo

  This week’s photo is courtesy of The Griffith Institute.

Egyptomania #4

Egyptomania #4

  This week we are examining a seemingly shocking trend of the Victorian era: mummy unwrapping parties. At one point, tourists could buy mummies from street sellers in Egypt and, during the 1830s and 1840s, mummy unwrapping parties became a popular pastime of the upper classes of society. Modern opinion often view these ‘parties’ as […]

Museum piece #19 – Museo Gregoriano Egizio Inv. 22795

Museum piece #19 – Museo Gregoriano Egizio Inv. 22795

  Inv. 22795 is a beautiful marble statue of Antinous. Antinous was a favourite of the Roman emperor, Hadrian, and is believed by many to have been his lover. He accompanied Hadrian on a tour of the Roman Empire.  In 130AD, Hadrian, Antinous, and the rest of Hadrian’s entourage assembled at Heliopolis in Egypt to set sail […]

Ancient Egypt Today

Ancient Egypt Today

  Wafi City in Dubai is a multi-purpose complex containing a mall, hotel, restaurants, and  a nightclub. The complex is modelled on ancient Egypt and includes columns like those at Karnak and small pyramids. There are also pharaonic statues and obelisks. Wafi City is just once of the many modern developments that have taken ancient Egypt […]