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  • Detail from the Coffin of Khui – Tales from the Two Lands

    This is a close up of a section of a rectangular Middle Kingdom (c.4000 years ago) coffin. Out of shot to the right are the large pair of eyes that you typically find on such coffins, and the text that runs along the top and in the vertical columns is a standard funerary formula. The vignette that I’ve photographed is…

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  • Nefertiti, Queen and Pharaoh of Egypt: Her Life and Afterlife

    Nefertiti, Queen and Pharaoh of Egypt: Her Life and Afterlife (Lives and Afterlives). Egypt’s sun queen magnificently revealed in a new book by renowned Egyptologist, Aidan Dodson. “During the last half of the fourteenth century BC, Egypt was perhaps at the height of its prosperity. It was against this background that the “Amarna Revolution” occurred. Throughout, its instigator, King Akhenaten,…

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  • Wadj-shemsi-su – Egypt Museum

    Inscribed with, “Wadj-shemsi-su, engendered by Betyu-ka (his father), born of […] (his mother)”, as well as in cursive hieroglyphs, a fragment of Spell 17 from the Book of the Dead, this fragmentary lid belonged to a man who lived during Ancient Egypt’s 18th Dynasty named Wadj-shemsi-su. Princeton University Art Museum. 1998-37 From approximately 1500–1425 B.C., the coffin lid is made…

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  • Rose granite Amenhotep III – Egypt Museum

    Measuring at just under 20cm tall (19.1cm), this rose, or red granite head depicts the 18th Dynasty king Amenhotep III and dates from approximately 1390 -1352 B.C. Currently on display at the Louvre in Paris, unfortunately, not much else is documented about the piece. Musée du Louvre. E 17187 Musée du Louvre. E 17187 More like this

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  • Plaster face of a man, possibly Ay

    This face of a man was discovered within the remnants of the Sculptor Thutmoses’s workshop in Tel el-Amarna. Although unnamed, some scholars propose it may be the face of Ay, who is also thought to be a brother of Queen Tiye and was definately king after the death of king Tutankhamun. This association of Ay with the head is due…

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  • The Mysterious Life and Death of Antinous

    The blog post for this week is written by Linda Kimmel, from Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the United States. When she retired from full-time work as a data research manager in late 2020, she began studying about the ancient world, and serving as a docent at the University of Michigan’s Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. Linda had never heard of the…

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  • Colossal Tutankhamun – Egypt Museum

    This painted quartzite statue depicts King Tutankhamun. Despite its state of preservation, the facial features of the king, enhanced with color, preserve a youthful and serene expression. Colossal Statue of Tutankhamun. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 59869 He wears the Nemes headdress, which was once topped by the double crown and adorned with the frontal cobra. The rest of his clothing…

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  • Plaster Amarna Royal – Egypt Museum

    This plaster head depicts an Amarna royal, likely a king, and based upon resemblance it is even more likely to be a casting of king Akhenaten. The head is life-size, and measures at 20.5cm long, and 14.5cm wide, with a 13cm depth. If the head is of king Akhenaten, it could be from early in his reign, as it appears…

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  • Irukakhufu – Egypt Museum

    Irukakhufu was an Old Kingdom man who held many titles including, “Royal Acquaintance“, “(Royal) Wab-Priest” and “Overseer of the Pyramid-town of Khufu“. Previously at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 99130. Now on display at the Cairo International Airport Museum, Terminal 3; Inventory GEM 5337. Discovered within the serdab of tomb at the Western Cemetery in Giza, known as Lepsius 21,…

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  • Pet Monkey – Egypt Museum

    Pet Monkey – Egypt Museum Skip to content A pet monkey under the chair, as seen upon the north-wall of the antechapel within the dignitary Rij’s tombNew Kingdom, Late 18th Dynasty-Early 19th Dynasty, c. 1550–1186 B.C.Tomb of Rij, Saqqara.Now at Neues Museum, Berlin. ÄM 7278 The full scene of Rij recieving libations and offeringsNew Kingdom, Late 18th Dynasty-Early 19th Dynasty,…

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