viernes, 24 de octubre de 2014

Heh. faience vase

 

 

depiction of the god Heh

Egyptian, 1350-1150 BC
From Tomb 61, Enkomi, Cyprus

The god of infinity

This faience vase has been made in the form of a closed lotus flower. It is decorated with a depiction of Heh. The primary meaning of the term Heh was 'millions', but Heh was transformed into the Egyptian god of infinity (as seen here), by association with the symbols for year and for rebirth. The god is shown in his usual guise as a kneeling man holding notched palm ribs (hieroglyphic symbol for 'year') in each hand and carrying one on his head. He is also holding lotus flowers, symbolic of rebirth. An Egyptian creation myth describes the new-born sun rising out of a lotus floating on the waters of Nun, personification of the ocean of chaos. Heh was also one of the Ogdoad, a group of eight primeval deities whose main cult centre was at Hermopolis Magna.
This vessel was found in one of the tombs at Enkomi in Cyprus, which contained many imported items, illustrating both the wealth of the occupants and the island's key position in the circulation of cultural influences during the Late Bronze Age
V. Tatton-Brown, Ancient Cyprus, 2nd ed. (London, The British Museum Press, 1997)

 http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/gr/f/faience_vessel_the_god_heh.aspx

Menna

Painting from the tomb of Scribe Menna. A girl pulls a thorn from her friend's sole at harvest time. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: New Kingdom, 1400-1390 BC. Place of Origin: West Thebes. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ . Location: 105.

jueves, 23 de octubre de 2014

Peseshkef

Ritual Object (Peseshkef) Used in the "Opening of the Mouth" Ceremony

Period: Middle Kingdom
Dynasty: Dynasty 12
Date: ca. 1961–1840 B.C.
Geography: From Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes
Medium: Hornblende granite
Dimensions: H. 21 cm (8 1/4 in.); W. 6.5 cm (2 9/16 in.); Th. 1 cm (3/8 in.)
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1924
Accession Number: 24.2.1

The lid of the coffin of Queen Ahhotep

The lid of the coffin of Queen Ahhotep. She is depicted wearing a heavy wig which culminates in curls, each with a blue circle in the centre. Her eyes are marked in white alabaster and the irises in obsidian. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: 18th Dynasty, reign of Ahmose, 1550 - 1525 BC. Place of Origin: Dra Abu el-Naga. Material/ Size: Wood, gold leaf, alabaster and obsidian, H= 212 cm. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Location: 39

apertura de la boca. ostracón

Ostracón con dibujos del ritual de la apertura de la boca
fitzmuseum
Ostracón con dibujos del ritual de la apertura de la boca
fitzmuseum

source: fitmuseum´s website

Meidum geese

Two red-breasted geese. Part of a tomb painting from the mastaba of Nefermaat at Meidum. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: Old Kingdom late 3rd/early 4th. Place of Origin: c.2680-2500BC. Meidum. Material Size: Gesso & paint. 0.27m H. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Egyptian Museum, Cairo . Location: 92.



miércoles, 22 de octubre de 2014

Fragment of Wall painting from the tomb of Itet

Fragment of Wall painting from the tomb of Itet
Meydum, Egypt
4th Dynasty, around 2600 BC
Man holding duck
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The mastaba of Itet was a joint tomb with her husband Nefermaat, a vizier in the reign of Sneferu. His tomb contained decoration in an unusual style, with the shapes deeply cut out and filled with paste. Itet's chapel, however, contained some of the earliest painted scenes known from Egypt. One painting, of geese, is in the Cairo Museum and is world-famous. The painting on the two British Museum fragments is of almost equal quality: this example shows a man holding a duck, and another pulling a rope which belongs to a clap-net (a net closed by pulling a string) for catching birds. The clarity of the colours and the skill of the draughtsman, particularly in the details of the feathers, is outstanding.
W.M.F. Petrie, Medum (London, D. Nutt, 1892)
A.J. Spencer, Early Egypt, The rise of civil (London, The British Museum Press, 1993)
British Museum.
http://www.britishmuseum.org/