Author: Egypt Museum

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Daggers of Tutankhamun

Pair of ceremonial daggers discovered by Hoard Carter

in 1925

within the burial wrappings of the king, from the tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62).

Gold and meteoric iron. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Alabaster Sarcophagus of Seti I The sarco…

Alabaster Sarcophagus of Seti I

The sarcophagus of the pharaoh Seti I (r. 1290-1279 BC), carved from a single vast block of translucent alabaster and decorated on every surface (including the goddess Nut on the interior base), is in Sir John Soane’s Museum, London.

The alabaster was pure white and inlaid with blue copper sulphate.

Years of the London climate and pollution have darkened the alabaster to a buff color and absorbed moisture has caused the hygroscopic inlay material to fall out and disappear completely.

Photograph: Mac Mac/Soane Museum

Votive Mummies A selection of votive mumm…

Votive Mummies

A selection of votive mummies from the Gifts for the Gods exhibition at Manchester Museum, most likely dates to the Roman period between 30 BC and 395 AD when votive animal mummification was at its peak.

Votives – whether bronze statuettes, ceramic or stone objects, or animal mummies – offered the means through which the Egyptians could communicate on a personal level with their gods.

Photograph: Alan Seabright

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The Battlefield Palette

Detail of the lower fragment, obverse showing the king as a lion devouring a slain foe. The bodies of enemies are strewn over the battlefield. 

Probably from Abydos.

Naqada III, Late Predynastic Period, ca. 3300-3100 BC. Now in the British Museum.

Bracelets from the tomb of King DjerFour brace…

Bracelets from the tomb of King Djer

Four bracelets were discovered by Flinders Petrie on a bandaged arm in the tomb of king Djer at Umm El Qa’ab Necropolis, Abydos, in 1901.

They may thus have all belonged to the same princess.

They are beautifully made, and show the high quality of work that was already being produced as early as the First Dynasty.

Lapis lazuli, turquoise, amethyst and gold. Early Dynastic Period, 1st Dynasty, ca. 3150-2890 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Egypt unveils ‘one of a kind’ 4,400-year-old t…

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Egypt unveiled a well-preserved 4,400-year-old tomb colorfully decorated with hieroglyphs and statues in Saqqara, south of Cairo, on Saturday

Dec. 15, 2018

The tomb belongs to “Wahtye” a high priest who served during the reign of King Neferirkare Kakai of the 5th Dynasty (between 2500-2300 BC).

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Officials expect more discoveries when archaeologists excavate the site further in coming months. Four of the tomb’s five shafts have yet to be unsealed, meaning there could be more treasures to be discovered. 

The tomb was found in a buried ridge at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara. It was untouched and unlooted, Mustafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters at the site.

He described the find as “one of a kind in the last decades”. The walls are decorated with hieroglyphs and statues of pharaohs.

One of the shafts was unsealed with nothing inside, but the other four were sealed.

They are expecting to make discoveries when they excavate those shafts starting on Sunday, he said. He was hopeful about one shaft in particular.

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Photos: (AP: Amr Nabil) 

grandegyptianmuseum: Figure of Thoth as a babo…

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Figure of Thoth as a baboon

Statuette of Thoth as a baboon, patron of scribes, god of writing and knowledge. Late/Saite Period, 26th Dynasty, ca. 664-525 BC. Made of Egyptian faience. Now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas.

Tomb of Ramesses VI The walkway of the to…

Tomb of Ramesses VI

The walkway of the tomb of Ramesses VI (KV9) towards the main chamber. Valley of the Kings, West Thebes.

Photo: Jakub Kyncl

Inner sarcophagus of Butehamun The decease…

Inner sarcophagus of

Butehamun

The deceased is greeted by the goddess Ma’at, detail of the sarcophagus of the scribe Butehamon. Third Intermediate Period, 21st Dynasty, ca. 1070-945 BC. From Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum of Turin.

Relief of Ramesses II Detail of a relief depi…

Relief of Ramesses II

Detail of a relief depicting head of Ramesses II wearing khepresh, the blue crown or war crown. As with many other royal crowns, a uraeus (cobra) was hooked to the front of the khepresh. Temple of Luxor.