lunes, 26 de enero de 2015

Stele of Amennakhte

Stele of Amennakhte19th dynasty, around 1295-1186 BC
Rectangular limestone stela of Amennakht, possibly originating
from the sanctuary of Ptah and Meretseger. Most probably
intended to depict the sanctuary with its two hills. The relief
ornamentation of the four sacred cobras in the upper part of the
stela is intended to be a symbolic representation of the "Great
Peak of the West". The goddess shown on the right, personifies
the peak, and is called "Isis the Great". She is depicted with
bovine horns and a solar disk like Hathor. Amennakht is shown
kneeling inside a rectangle that was intended to represent a
chapel in the sanctuary.
Height: 43 cm
Width: 30 cm
Formerly from Drovetti's collection
Inv. cat. 1521 = CGT 50059


domingo, 25 de enero de 2015

f fragment depicting men force feeding cranes

A relief fragment depicting men force feeding cranes. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: 5th dynasty c.2494-2345 BC. Place of Origin: Saqqara, mastaba of Sopduhotep. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Egyptian Museum, Berlin . Location: 66.


Mounted on a model are hair ornaments, earrings and necklaces. Jewellery of this kind was worn by many of the women attendants of Queen Pu-Abi. Found in the royal burial pits excavated by Sir Leonard Woolley. Culture: Sumerian. Date/Period: c. 2500 BC. Place of Origin: Ur, Sumeria, Ancient Iraq. Material Size: Gold, lapis lazuli, carnelian. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ British Museum, London . Location: 08.

prostrate captives

A base of a royal statue which shows the heads of prostrate captives. It expresses the concept of the king's right and duty to subjugate foreign lands. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: Probably 3rd dyn. c. 2686 - 1613 BC. Place of Origin: Found at San el-Hagar ( Tanis ). Material Size: Granite. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Egyptian Museum, Cairo . Location: 45.

A faience sculpture

A faience sculpture, from the New Kingdom of Egypt, 18th/19th dynasty, c. 1500–1300 BC

scene of circumcision

Ancient Egyptian carved scene of circumcision, from the inner northern wall of the Temple of Khonspekhrod at the Precinct of Mut, Luxor, Egypt. Eighteenth dynasty, Amenhotep III, c. 1360 BCE.

Kyky tomb, scene

The goddess is seated under a richly decorated kiosk. At the top of the roof is a frieze of cobra adorned with solar discs, which rests a coving, at the lower edge of which is a "traditional frieze" formed of a succession of coloured rectangles. From the coving hangs a red and black banner. The small structure is supported by fine wooden papyriform columns, to which red ribbons are attached, flowing outwards. The umbels of papyrus are surmounted by a representation of the goddess Hathor: a woman's head with ears of a cow, her wig is crowned by the goddess's characteristic sistrum. A floral garland is stretched between the columns.
Mut is seated on the ancient square-shaped chair with a small backrest. She wears a blue-green skin-tight dress with two shoulder straps. She has bracelets on her wrists and arms, and a broad necklace around her neck.
On top of her long black hair she wears a headdress in the form of a vulture, which is her emblem. This is surmounted by the royal Double Crown, which shows pictorially the facts which Kyky declares (and which is inscribed in front of her): Mut is Mistress of the Heavens and Queen of the Gods.
In her hands, the goddess holds a papyriform sceptre, which is not specific to her, and an ankh-sign.

Tomb N° 409 is situated in West Thebes, in the Assassif, close to the temple of Deir el-Bahari