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Force feeding tame cranes, detail of a wall …

Force feeding tame cranes, detail of a wall carving from the Mastaba of

Mereruka. Old Kingdom, 6th Dynasty, ca. 2345-2333 BC,

reign of king Teti. Saqqara Necropolis.

Ptahhotep in leopard skin, raising a goblet …

Ptahhotep in leopard skin, raising a goblet to his lips, detail of a wall carving from the Mastaba of Ptahhotep.

Old Kingdom, 5th Dynasty, ca. 2494-2345 BC. Saqqara Necropolis.

Ibis, in squatting position, carved in gilde…

Ibis, in squatting position, carved in gilded wood, with neck, head, beak, tail and legs cast in solid bronze, eyes inlaid in green glass. New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1350 BC. Now in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow.

The highly sacred Precinct of Amun-Re. Karna…

The highly sacred Precinct of Amun-Re. Karnak Temple Complex, Luxor

Head of Queen Berenice II, daughter of Magas…

Head of Queen Berenice II, daughter of Magas, King of Cyrene (modern Libya), wife of

Ptolemy III Euergetes. Ptolemaic Period, ca. 267-221 BC. Now in the Louvre.

grandegyptianmuseum: Health, Life and Happines…

grandegyptianmuseum:

Health, Life and Happiness Cartouche Pendant

Onyx stone back cartouche with 18k Gold Ancient Egyptian symbols that mean Health, Life, and Happiness. The Eye of Horus at the top is a healing symbol, protects the wearer and makes them strong. In the middle are ancient symbols that mean health (dja), life (ankh), and happiness (seneb). The bottom is the lotus flower, symbolizing rebirth. In myth the sun was born from a lotus.

Necklace of pendants and beads, ca. 1330 BC(…

Necklace of pendants and beads, ca. 1330 BC

(Jasper, gold, glazed composition, glass and carnelian)

These loose beads and pendants are now re-strung as a two-tiered necklace in the fashion of royal jewelry of the late Eighteenth Dynasty. The cornflower pendants in the lower row are of gold foil over a core, the blue glazed composition head is held in position by a gold spike. Only the central example is completely of glazed composition (green patterned body, yellow head), but it also is in two parts. The drop shaped pendants are of sheet gold punched into a mold with a back plate added later. 

They have a suspension loop at top and bottom to accommodate two strings of beads, as now re-strung. The variously shaped gold beads are all of thin sheet metal folded over and joined along one edge. The remaining larger beads and a handful of the smaller are of red jasper, carnelian and green glass; all the others are of red, yellow and blue glazed composition. The upper string ends in a single hollow sheet gold pendant shaped like a bunch of grapes; the lower ends in two carnelian bell shaped flower heads.

From Valley of the Kings (Biban ElMoluk), West Thebes. New Kingdom, Late 18th Dynasty, ca. 1330 BC. Now in the British Museum, EA65615

Relief of Anubis with Osiris, Gods of the unde…

Relief of Anubis with Osiris, Gods of the underworld, detail of a wall painting from the Tomb of Sennefer

(TT96). Mayor of Thebes and supervisor of the gardens under Amenhotep II. New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1427-1401 BC. Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, West Thebes.

This 1950 photo was taken by Hugo Wilmar, stan…

This 1950 photo was taken by Hugo Wilmar, standing on the roof of the

Valley Temple of Khafre, looking up towards his giant pyramid, Giza,

Egypt.

Entrance relief illustrating Litany of Re, d…

Entrance relief illustrating Litany of Re, detail of a wall carving from the Tomb of Seti II (KV15). New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, ca. 1292-1189 BC. Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Photo: Sandro Vannini