The God Osiris
Figures of the god Osiris are particularly common from the Late Period (circa 664–332 B.C.). The craftsmanship of this figure is of a very high standard, the head executed virtually without fault. The bland and benign expression of the face is characteristic of work after the beginning of the 26th Dynasty. That the false beard is attached under the chin and does not envelop it suggests a dating in the second half of the dynasty.
Green siltstone or greywacke. Now in the Brooklyn Museum.
Head of Nectanebo I
Bust of Nectanebo I in
founder of the last native dynasty of Egypt, the thirtieth, 4th-century BC. Now in the Louvre.
This elaborate ancient gilded ibis coffin contains a simple ibis mummy. Most coffins of this type have bronze heads and feet. Scientific testing suggests that the silver fittings seen here are quite likely modern replacements for original bronze fittings.
Wood, silver, gold leaf, gesso, rock crystal, animal remains (Glossy Ibis – Plegadis falcinellus, or an African Sacred Ibis – Threskiornis aethiopicus), linen and pigment.
Ptolemaic Period, ca. 305-30 BC. Now in the Brooklyn Museum.
Statue of Nakht
High Steward under king Senusret I. As high steward he was responsible for the domains providing the palace and the royal residence with food and other resources.
Made of Acacia wood, gessoed and painted, probably from Asyut. Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, ca. 1960-1916 BC. Now in the Miho Museum, Japan.
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.
Diorite statue of king Khafra on throne with wings of falcon god Horus wrapped around his head, from the Valley Temple of Khafre near the Sphinx of Giza.
Old Kingdom, 4th Dynasty, reign of Khafra, around ca. 2570 BC. To be in the Grand Egyptian Museum.
Anthropomorphic statue of the god Apis
The statue depicts the god Apis with a human body and a bull’s head. The arms, the lower part of the body and the legs are missing; however, the god was probably depicted in a standing position holding his right arm in front of him, holding the scepter or was, symbol of power, conserved in the upper part, and with his left arm by his side. Between the horns there is a solar disc, while around the neck there is a chain of several delicately engraved rows.
The bull Apis was one of the most important deities of Ancient Egypt, and his cult dates back to the first dynastic periods. He was mainly venerated in Memphis, where he was linked to the god Ptah, as his living image and the manifestation of his “glorious soul”.
New Kingdom, ca. 1550-1070 BC. Now in the
Vatican Museums, Rome.
Statue of Mentuhotep VI
Green schist statue of Merankhre Mentuhotep VI: the statuette is a very respectable piece of work. Mentuhotep stands in the traditional pose with left leg advanced, his limbs connected to a back pillar by negative space. He wears a nemes with uraeus, and a ‘shendyt’ kilt.
From Karnak cachette. Second Intermediate Period, 16th Dynasty, ca. 1675-1650 BC. Now in the British Museum.
Colossal Statue of Akhenaten
A group of colossal statues of Akhenaten, originally from the Temple of the Aten at Karnak, are on display in the Egyptian Museum. These statues may represent the first time that Akhenaten’s new religious thoughts were translated into art and architecture.
Here we see the king standing, wearing a kilt that hangs below his swollen stomach. It is tied with a belt, decorated with the royal cartouche. He wears the Double Crown of Upper and Lower Egypt, as well as the Khat-headdress. In his hands he holds symbols of power and authority. His features are presented in the typical style of the period, with narrow slanting eyes, a long thin face, and thick lips.
New Kingdom, Amarna Period, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1353-1336 BC. From the Temple of Aten, Karnak. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Ground Floor, Room 3,
Colossal head of Akhenaten
A colossal head of Amenhotep IV (”Akhenaten”), father of Tutankhamun. New Kingdom, Amarna Period, 18th Dynasty, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1353-1336 BC. Now in the Luxor Museum.