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Diana in Egypt

Diana, Princess of Wales in the Tomb of Seti I, Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. May 14, 1992

Tomb of Ramesses VI

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

Luxor Temple 

The Great Court of Ramesses II with the Colonnade of Amenhotep III located behind statue of Ramesses II in the Luxor Temple.

Entrance to the Temple of Luxor

The Avenue of the Sphinxes towards the ancient Egyptian Colossi at the entrance to Court of Ramesses II, Luxor Temple.

The modern town of Luxor is the site of the famous city of Thebes, the City of a Hundred Gates. Some of the stone temples have survived. The most beautiful of these is the temple of Luxor. 

The temple was built by Amenhotep III (1391-53 BC) but completed by Tutankhamun (1332-23 BC) and Horemheb (1319-1292 BC) and then added to by Ramesses II (1279-13 BC). Toward the rear of the temple there is a granite shrine dedicated to Alexander the Great (332-305 BC). The temple has been in almost continuous use as a place of worship right up to the present day. 

Temple of Horus

Hieroglyphs on the walls of the Temple of Horus in Edfu.

Photo:

Theerawat Kaiphanlert

Basin with a boat from the tomb of Tutankhamun

It is considered one of the most beautiful pieces of the collection of king Tutankhamun. It was found in the annex of his tomb.

The purpose of this artifact is not clear, but it was either an unguent container or a perfume holder or most probably it was a centerpiece used during celebrations and ceremonies for decoration purposes because when Howard Carter found it, it was covered with garlands of flowers. It is thought that this basin might have been filled with water to complete the image of the decorative centerpiece.

At the prow a naked girl with a curly wig, wearing earrings, armlets and bracelets, is represented seated and holding in her hand a blue lotus. · At the stern, there is a dwarf standing naked and he is wearing a wig similar to the one worn by the girl. He is also wearing armlets and bracelets. When this piece was first discovered, he was holding a pole in his hand and most probably he was the helmsman who directed the boat.

Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62).

Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Bust of Nefertiti

It is one of the most copied works of ancient Egypt. Owing to the work, Nefertiti has become one of the most famous women of the ancient world, and an icon of feminine beauty.

ِِAnimals in ancient Egypt 

In ancient Egypt, animals were symbolic of human virtues. The frog symbolizes fertility and safe childbirth, while the monkey represents status and wealth. A hedgehog stands for resurrection.

Photo:

Jeon Han

Hedgehog figurine 

Blue-green faience hedgehog with black spots on elliptical base, both left legs slightly advanced and modeled freely in the round. Back is scored in grid pattern and bumpy to simulate quills.

Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty – early 13th Dynasty, ca. 1938-1700 BC. Now in the Brooklyn Museum.