Category: history

Interior of the burial chamber at the Pyramid …

Interior of the burial chamber at the Pyramid of Unas, 24th century BC, Saqqara

Cleopatra? Probably not

Cleopatra? Probably not

Carved from the hard purple and white stone porphyry, and with eyes originally inlaid with black and white glass, this burst can only be from an image of a royal person or god. The uraeus serpent brow identifies it as a royal depiction, while the long tripartite wing is worn by goddess. We are looking at the bust of a queen.

The serene style of the face is typical of the Ptolemaic and Roman periods, while porphyry was only used used for sculpture in the Roman period. Could this be the famous Cleopatra VII, last ruler of an independent Egypt before its conquest by Rome? Denya Bower, who acquired this piece in the 1950s, certainly thought so, and exhibited it as such. The odds are against it, however, she doesn’t resemble securely known images of Cleopatra VII. via reddit

Two remaining obelisks at Karnak Temple, 15t…

Two remaining obelisks at Karnak Temple,

15th century BC. One belongs to Thutmose I (left), and other one belongs to his daughter Hatshepsut (right). 

The ancient Egyptians were originally

called them tekhenu which means “to pierce” as in “to pierce the sky”.

Men and camels in shallow flood water with p…

Men and camels in shallow flood water with pyramids in background, c.1890

The world’s oldest woven garment, probably f…

The world’s oldest woven garment, probably fell past the knees originally, from Tarkhan (Kafr Ammar). Only the top portion of the elaborately pleated Tarkhan dress survives. 

It’s more than 5,000 years old—how has your oldest piece of clothing held up? 

Early Dynastic Period, 1st Dynasty, ca. 3100-2890 BC. Now in the UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, London.

A servant brings a deer to sustain Nefer in th…

A servant brings a deer to sustain Nefer in the Afterlife, detail of a wall relief from the Tomb of Nefer. Old Kingdom, 5th Dynasty, ca. 2498-2345 BC. Reign of Nyuserre. Saqqara Necropolis.

Tomb of Ramesses VI (KV9), Valley of the Kings…

Tomb of Ramesses VI (KV9), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes.

Howard Carter posing with Fuad I, King of …

Howard Carter posing with

Fuad I, King of Egypt, and other Egyptian government representatives in front of the tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62) in the Valley of the Kings in February 1923, photograph by Harry Burton.

Discovery of the tomb of pharaoh Tutankhamun…

Discovery of the tomb of pharaoh Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings: Statues of the gods Imsety and Mamu

wrapped and in their shrines, 1923,

Photograph

by Harry Burton, Griffith Institute.

Three musicians playing instruments in modern …

Three musicians playing instruments in modern times named flute, harp and lute. Wall painting from the tomb of Nakht (TT52).

New Kingdom, 18th dynasty, ca. 1550-1292 BC.

Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Thebes.