I stand by my original, satirical post. Here’s why:
There is an argument that foreign powers fairly bought these artifacts, that if it hadn’t been for them then there would have been no preservation of artifacts, that foreigners deciphered Egyptian secrets and dug out tombs because the native Egyptians wouldn’t…. This is a twisting of the facts.
Here are the facts.
RE: Foreigners preserving artifacts: Some of the original excavations did more damage than good. In the effort to forcibly remove golden amulets from mummies and unwrap them, arms and limbs were often ripped off and noses bent.
RE: Global Awareness Foreigners brought to Egyptian history: Yes, it brought GLOBAL awareness of Egypt’s greatness… After white people (Rome, Greece) and Catholicism/Coptic Orthodox oppressed Egypt and killed female Professors in Alexandria for being ‘witches’. White people messed up Egypt and then come right back in pretending that they did it a great favor- White savior complex much?
RE: Native Egyptians not behind fings: Why did the native Egyptians not do this? Maybe because they were second class citizens being ruled over by white people and denied proper education to do so.
RE: Artifacts being fairly bought. Yes, foreigners paid money to people who were dirt poor and dying, who had to choose between a decent life and their culture, people who didn’t know the value of their stuff… So was the price really fair?
Old Kingdom Hieroglyphs
Fragment of a relief from Mastaba of prince Nefermaat, Meidum. Old Kingdom, 4th Dynasty, ca. 2613-2494 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.
Figure of Anubis
Anubis was one of the major deities in ancient Egypt. He was considered to be the guardian of the tombs.
This wooden sculpture of Anubis was probably on the top of a box for the four canopic jars in which the dead person’s viscera were stored after the body had been embalmed.
The sculpture at Vänersborg Museum, is said to come from Thebes.
Inside the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, Cairo
Photos via: darina-studio
Antinous: Boy Made God
Antinous was a boy favourite of the Roman emperor Hadrian (AD 117-138). He was born in the Roman province of Bithynia (NW Turkey) in the 110s and was traveling with the imperial entourage in Egypt when he drowned tragically in the Nile in AD 130. A major new town,
or Antinous City was named after him, at a bend in the river where he dead. He was most likely buried there.
The sad fate and sudden fame of the beautiful boy remembered across the empire. The exhibition centres on one of his most important surviving portraits, an inscribed bust from Syria discovered in 1879. It explores the archaeology of
Anitinous’s cult, his unforgettable portraits, and how a boy with no official standing become a god. The image and notoriety of Antinous reach from antiquity into modern world.
This statue of Osiris-Antinous from an exhibition in the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. Photo via: Following Hadrian/Twitter
King Tutankhamun’s Funerary Mask
Icon of ancient Egypt, the teenage pharaoh’s funerary mask immortalizes his features in gold, glass, and semiprecious stones. This and other treasures from his tomb, now in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum, attract a constant swirl of visitors.
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic
The Sully Wing of the Louvre Museum, section decorated with Egyptian collections, ca. 1900
View of the ancient Egyptian Collection: Mummies and sculptures on display. The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen,
Denmark. Photos: Ole Haupt
The mummy room at the British Museum
From at least the 16th century until as late as the early 1900s, a pigment made from mummified human remains appeared on the palettes of European artists, including Delacroix. Painters prized “mummy brown” for its rich, transparent shade. As a result, an unknown number of ancient Egyptians are spending their afterlife on art canvases, unwittingly admired in museum galleries around the world.
The mummy room at the British Museum, pictured in 1937. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images). Read more.