sábado, 31 de diciembre de 2016


The wooden model of domestic animals features a cow and two calves, painted in white and black, and three donkeys.
Through magic, the cattle will come to life to provide the deceased with milk and meat in the afterlife.
The donkeys will also be magically brought to life to haul the deceased's crops and equipment or to carry him if he wants to travel.


A crudely made wooden model depicting weaving. One woman stands spinning thread which she holds in her hand while the spindle revolves. Two other women are using a horizontal loom which has been painted onto the base of the model. This was placed in the tomb to ensure an unlimited supply of linen in the Afterlife.
Piotr Bienkowski and Angela Tooley, "Gifts of The Nile: Ancient Egyptian Arts and Crafts in the Liverpool Museum", 1995, 77; pl. 121.

Figurine of a dignitary

Figurine of a dignitary
This stuccoed and painted wooden figurine was probably part of a group of persons involved in a scene of everyday life. Represented in a walking attitude, the dignitary holds a baton in the left hand. The right hand without doubt gripped a sekhem-sceptre. The piece, which is distinguished by a quite heavy manufacture, resembles the pieces coming from the provincial necropoleis from the 1st Intermediate Period of from the beginning of the Middle Kingdom.

adoratrice of Amun

A bronze statue of a Divine Adoratrice of Amun, from the Twenty-second dynasty of Egypt, in the Egyptian Museum of Berlin.

viernes, 30 de diciembre de 2016

tomb of Renni

The tomb of Renni, numbered EK 7, is of great interest, not only in the setting of the site at El Kab, but more extensively because it is one of the rare Egyptian tombs which dates from the reign of Amenhotep I. From a decorative view point, one feels here the influence of the end of the Middle Kingdom, the cannon of the New Kingdom not yet being completely in place.

jueves, 29 de diciembre de 2016

Nursing woman

Nursing woman

    Old Kingdom

    Dynasty 5

    reign of Niuserre or later

    ca. 2420–2389 B.C. or later

    From Egypt; Probably from Memphite Region, Giza, Tomb of Nikauinpu

    Limestone, paint traces

    h. 10.5 cm (4 1/8 in)
     This woman sits on the ground with one knee raised. Against the hammock of cloth formed by her skirt stretched over her knee she holds a child whose yellow skin indicates she is a girl. With one hand the woman holds the child's head, while with the other she offers her breast to the child. The child's head is tilted back, either to gaze at the woman as nursing children may do, or perhaps in frustration as she cannot reach the breast. Behind the woman a red-painted and therefore male child kneels and pulls her second breast beneath her arm so that he can nurse, too.

    Among Old Kingdom serving statuettes, women with chldren are a non-standard subject; indeed this is the only example depicting nursing. Serving women with children are seen more often in reliefs: in one tomb a child clings to his mother's back while she grinds grain, and nearby another woman nurses a chlld while she tends baking bread. The fact that the woman in the statuette here wears a white kerchief as do so many of the women in food preparation tasks, presumably to keep flour and such from their hair, may imply that this woman was involved in such tasks when she takes a moment to care for the children.

miércoles, 28 de diciembre de 2016

Statuette of nursing woman.

Statuette of nursing woman.

 XII Dynasty. Ancient Egypt. Brooklyn Museum


The pose of the nursing woman—a standard one in Egyptian art—was also the hieroglyph meaning “nurse.” Because its subjects are not identified, this little figure probably did not represent real individuals but rather served as a votive gift requesting a goddess’s protection.
MEDIUM Limestone, paint
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1938-after 1630 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XII Dynasty-XIII Dynasty


    Bust of colossal statue of a young king
    Upper part of a colossal statue in the style of the late Ptolemaic Period. The Ptolemies presented themselves as the rulers of Egypt with sculpture decked in pharaonic regalia. The locks of hair, peeping out from under the royal head-dress or Nemes, mirror the taste of the period. In this case the facial characteristics and the lock at the side clearly point to a young age. This is probably a prince depicted as Horus the child (Harpocrates).
    Inventori number 5780

    viernes, 9 de diciembre de 2016

    Unfinished Stela to Amun-Re

    Unfinished Stela to Amun-Re
    Period:New Kingdom, RamessideDynasty:Dynasty 20Date:ca. 1184–1070 B.C.Geography:Probably from Upper Egypt, Thebes; From EgyptMedium:Limestone, paintDimensions:H. 42.5 cm (16 3/4 in)Credit Line:Rogers Fund, 1921Accession Number:21.2.6
    This unfinished stela from the Valley of the Kings depicts the barque of Amun-Re carried in procession. Below is a hymn to the god, recited by the scribe Amennakht, his son Pentwere, and the chief carpenter, Amenemope. The god was believed to give oracles during such processions by influencing the movements of the priests carrying the barque shrine. the coronation inscription on a statue in Turin, Italy , seems to indicate that such an oracle took place when the pharaoh Haremhab ascended to the throne.


    Period:Third Intermediate PeriodDynasty:Dynasty 22Date:ca. 945–715 B.C.Geography:From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Tomb MMA 825, MMA excavations, 1929–30Medium:PotteryDimensions:H. 15.5 cm (6 1/8 in); w. 9 cm (3 9/16 in)Credit Line:Rogers Fund, 1931Accession Number:31.3.110
    Three votive beds (31.3.108, 31.3.109 and a third in Cairo) and a small stela (31.3.110) were excavated in MMA tomb 825 at Deir el Bahri. These are very well-preserved examples of a type of ob...ject that appeared only in Thebes between the 22nd and 26th Dynasties. A number of recent studies of the type and of MMA 31.3.108 in particular have revealed much about their significance and about their many interesting implications for understanding non-temple religious practices and artistic provision for the same.
    The decoration of these objects includes frontal standing nude females in boats with figureheads like sacred barks, Bes figures, and particular vegetation; some other examples include a kneeling female playing a lute. The decoration carries with it significations for female fertility, conception, and birth. However, it also seems likely that votive beds are associated with the Egyptian New Year festival, and the myth of the return of the absent goddess and the flood. This is indicated, for example, by the crown worn by the female figure, which is one usually worn by Anukis, a goddess linked to the return of the flood. The origin of the particular bed-form and the use of the objects are hardly clear, but based on analysis of find spots it has been suggested that the objects are associated with the coterie of temple women around the god Amun and the God’s Wives.