“Life can be a challenge when your mother gives your friends dead mice in your birthday goody bags and offers to mummify your class pet bunny. Amun Ra (yes, like the Egyptian god) shares the story of his endlessly embarrassing and unconventional life with his Mummy, the famous Egyptologist Amilas Marquis.
He regales his readers with adventures of crossing continents, of narrow escapes with stolen artifacts, of death defying run-ins with scorpions, not to mention the humiliation in the face of his peers, with his mother’s graphic stories of ancient rites and severed body parts. Along the way, he shares his knowledge about ancient Egypt and the modern Middle East, as well as Europe and North America.”
― Fun Things to Do with Dead Animals: Egyptology, Ruins, My Life, by
Eden Unger Bowditch, Salima Ikram.
The American University in Cairo Press.
Three statues of queen Hatshepsut (ca. 1507-1458 BC) in row, kneeling and making an offering of wine, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
The Ancient Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet
An ancient Egyptian papyrus with an image showing two bird-like creatures, possibly with a penis connecting them, has been deciphered, revealing a magic spell of love.
“The most striking feature of [the papyrus] is its image,” wrote Korshi Dosoo, a lecturer at the University of Strasbourg in France, who published the papyrus recently in the Journal of Coptic Studies.
Dosoo estimates that it dates back around 1,300 years, to a time when Christianity was widely practiced in Egypt.
In the image, the winged creature on the left seems to be poking its beak into the open beak of its counterpart on the right — which also seems to have a nail through its head. A person’s outstretched arms surround the creatures.
Both creatures are connected through what Dosoo said could be chains, bonds or a penis. The creature on the right has two ears (or horns), and both creatures have what look like feathers or scales on the front of their bodies. The small differences between the two creatures may be an attempt to show sex differentiation, Dosoo said, noting that the creature on the right may be a female and the one on the left a male. Read more.
Gold Mask of Tutankhamun, detail (gold, lapis-lazuli and semi-precious stones), 14th century BC. Egyptian Museum, Cairo.
Young woman carrying offerings on her head (wood, height: 180 cm), dated back to Middle Kingdom, ca. 2055-1650 BC. Now in the Louvre.
A fine brown flint
Faiyum, Egypt, dated back to Predynastic Period, ca. 6000-3150 BC. Now in the
Museo civico di storia naturale, Verona, Italy.
Pharaoh Ramesses II before Min-Amun and Mut, relief on a column of the Precinct of Amun-Re, 13th century BC, Karnak