lunes, 22 de septiembre de 2014


The ceiling inside the Hypostyle Hall of the Temple of Hathor contains vividly painted scenes and hieroglyphic inscriptions relating to astronomy, astrology, cosmology and the zodiac. Ritual processin of gods and zodiacal beings sailing o the Sun God Re's sacred barque as it journeys along the sun's path. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Period/ Date: Graeco-Roman period 304 BC - 395 AD. Place of Origin: Denderah. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ N.J Saunders. Location: HR.

domingo, 21 de septiembre de 2014

Ceremonial sickle

Ceremonial sickle sheathed in gold and electrum. It is also inlaid with glass and calcite, found in the Tutankhamun burial. Country of Origin: Ancient Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Period/ Date: New Kingdom 18th Dynasty c.1357 -1349 BC. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Location 44

facsimile: Nebatón tomb

Facsimile of a scene depicting an estate (Tomb of Nebamun, ca. 1375 b.c.), ca. 1928
Charles K. Wilkinson, Graphic Section, Egyptian Expedition of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Tempera on paper; H. 39 in. (99 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1930 (30.4.57)
This scene, copied from a wall in a New Kingdom tomb, shows some of the activities that might have taken place on a private estate. In the center of the top register, men gather grapes, which are being processed into wine in the register below. At the far right is a two-story house with date palms growing in its courtyard. In the bottom register, cattle are being branded at the far left, while a kneeling scribe records the various proceedings.

Writing board of an apprentice scribe

It is clear from the awkwardly formed hieroglyphs and their uneven spacing that this is the work of an inexperienced scribe who was practicing his penmanship. The board could be used again and again by wiping off the ink and adding a new coat of whitewash
Writing board of an apprentice scribe, Dynasty XI or earlier (ca. 2030 b.c.)
Egyptian; Provenance unknown
Whitewashed wood and ink; H. 8 5/8 in. (22 cm)
Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1928 (28.9.5)

Statue of Merit

Statue of Merit, wife of Maya a minister of Tutankhamun and Horemheb. From their tomb in Saqqara. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, c. 1325 BC. Place of Origin: Saqqara. Material/ Size: Limestone H= 190 cm Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden

statuette of a woman

Statuette of a Woman, Late Period, Dynasty 26, reign of Necho II, ca. 610–595 b.c.
Silver; H. 9 1/2 in. (24 cm)
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915 (30.8.93)
The cartouches of Necho II embossed on the upper arms, as well as the slight smile and heavy breast, date this nude figure to Dynasty 26. Her elongated limbs and bobbed wig, however, betray an interest in Old Kingdom art frequently noted in Dynasties 25 and 26. The woman is cast in solid silver, with her wig and jewelry made separately. Silver statuettes are extremely rare, and this figure was probably dedicated in a temple or placed in the tomb of a member of the royal family.
Met Museum.


Nepthysis, Horus, and Isis, Dynasty  XXVI (ca. 688–525 b.c.)

These three deities make up the Osirian triad from the great myth in Egyptian funerary religion. Horus, the young boy in the center, was the son of Osiris. His uncle Seth tried to kill him in order to become king of the gods, but Horus was saved by the magical skill and cunning of his mother, Isis. Nepthysis, Horus' aunt, aided her sister in his escape. Because both goddesses were magicians, they were excellent protectors of the vulnerable mummy. Small faience triads, such as this one, were generally placed on the lower torso of the deceased.
Met Museum