Category: old kingdom

Relief depicting two men singing and playing t…

Relief depicting two men singing and playing the harp.

Mastaba of Ti. Old Kingdom, 5th Dynasty, ca. 2494-2345 BC. Saqqara Necropolis.

Shipbuilding, Men working with planes. Mas…

Shipbuilding, Men working with planes.

Mastaba of Ti. Old Kingdom, 5th Dynasty, ca. 2494-2345 BC. Saqqara Necropolis. 

Hidden Egyptian Temple in Field Museum Break R…

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It’s a normal office break room — fluorescent lighting, coat rack, microwave. But it’s located in a museum, so of course there’s something a little quirky about it. In this case, it’s the 4,300-year-old Egyptian chapel sealed up behind the wall.

Believed to have belonged to two sons of the pharaoh Unas, the chapel’s limestone walls are decorated from floor to ten-foot-ceiling in relief carvings of rows of servants bringing food offerings for a funerary feast. The most striking thing about the chapel (other than the fact that it’s sitting in an office break room) is the traces of colorful paint that aren’t not quite faded from the walls, still gleaming deep ochre, goldenrod, jade, and cerulean after four millennia.

The chapel and its walls traveled by boat from Egypt to Chicago, where they were put on display at the Field. When the museum moved to a new building in 1921, the ancient chapel walls came too. But when the Egypt exhibit was renovated in the 1980s, the chapel wasn’t part of it. Read more.

Pyramid of Menkaure (Mycerinus) and Queen&rs…

Pyramid of Menkaure (Mycerinus) and Queen’s Pyramids, Giza

Pyramid of Menkaure (Mycerinus) and Queen&rs…

Pyramid of Menkaure (Mycerinus) and Queen’s Pyramids, Giza

Statue of Ranefer (High Priest of Ptah a…

Statue of

Ranefer

(High Priest of Ptah and Seker at Memphis), from Saqqara

His name means “Ra is beautiful”. Ranefer served as a High Priest at the end of the Fourth and the beginning of the Fifth Dynasty. Old Kingdom, 5th Dynasty, ca. 2494-2345 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Old Entrance to the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egy…

Old Entrance to the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt. circa 1890

Relief depicting seated Anubis (jackal) hier…

Relief depicting seated Anubis

(jackal)

hieroglyph, detail. The tomb lintel of Ihi. Old Kingdom, 6th Dynasty, ca. 2345-2181 BC. Now in the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia.

Archaeologists find ancient pottery workshop i…

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Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered an ancient pottery manufacturing workshop dating to more than 4,000 years ago in the southern province of Aswan, the Antiquities Ministry said Thursday July 19, 2018

The workshop, the oldest pottery workshop in the Old Kingdom, belongs to the 4th Dynasty, spanning 2,613 to 2,494 B.C., the ministry said in a statement. The Old Kingdom is also known as the age when pyramid-building flourished.

Inside the workshop, archaeologists found an ancient pottery manufacturing wheel made of a limestone turntable and a hollow base.

Mostafa al-Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says the discovery is “rare” and reveals more about the development of pottery manufacturing and the daily lives of ancient Egyptians during that time in history. Read more.

Capture of hyena, detail of a relief from th…

Capture of

hyena, detail of a relief from the Mastaba of Mereruka. Old Kingdom, 6th Dynasty, ca. 2345-2181 BC. Saqqara Necropolis.