Portrait of a Noblewoman. Egypt, attribu...Portrait of a Noblewoman. Egypt, attributed to the site of Fag el-Gamus in the Faiyum. Roman Period, circa A.D. 150. Encaustic (colored melted wax) on wood panel, 17 5/16 x 11 5/16 x 1/8 in. (44 x 28.7 x 0.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, 86.226.18
Roman Period mumm...
Head from a Female Sphinx. Found in Ital...Head from a Female Sphinx. Found in Italy, said to have been in the ruins of Emperor Hadrian's villa at Tivoli, outside Rome; originally from Egypt, probably Heliopolis. Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Amunemhat II, circa 1876?1842 B.C. Chlorite, 15 5/16 x 13 1/8 x 13 15/16 in. (38.9 x 33.3 x 3...
Bust of the Goddess Sakhmet. Egypt, from...Bust of the Goddess Sakhmet. Egypt, from Thebes. New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amunhotep III, circa 1390?1353 B.C. Granodiorite, 39 x 19 7/8 x 15 9/16 in. (99 x 50.5 x 39.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. W. Benson Harer, Jr., the Mary Smith Dorwood Fund, and the Charles Edwin Wilbour...
The Funerary Scene
This scene dep...The Funerary Scene
This scene depicts what occurs after a person has died, according to the ancient Egyptians.
Beginning with the upper left-hand corner, the deceased appears before a panel of 14 judges to make an accounting for his deeds during life. The ankh, the key of life, appears in ...
A nople Nubian visit .
The middle...A nople Nubian visit .
The middle portion of the painting shows a Nubian noblewoman with a large floral headdress riding in an ox cart. Before her walk men carrying rings andbagsof gold, brought as tribute to the Egyptian court. At the far left is a procession of manacled slaves followed by t...
Nineteenth dynasty Egyptian lady woring ...Nineteenth dynasty Egyptian lady woring a fantastic dress and an ultramodern wig ....
Khonsu's funerary mask, New Kingdom, rei...Khonsu's funerary mask, New Kingdom, reign of Ramesses II, ca. 1279?1213 B.C.
Egyptian; From the tomb of Sennedjem, Deir el-Medina, western Thebes
Painted wood and cartonnage; H. 18 7/8 in. (48 cm)
Funds from various donors, 1886 (86.1.4)
Khonsu's funerary mask depicts him wearing an elabora...
Queen Kiya: Mother of King Tutankhamun
...Queen Kiya: Mother of King Tutankhamun
1334-1325 BC (18th Dynasty, Egypt)
With one knee on the ground and the other up and forward in a kneeling position. Her arms are raised before her in prayer. She wears a Nubian wig often seen on Amarna's royal women.
Image and text from the boo...
WIGS IN ANCIENT EGYPT
Wigs were popul...WIGS IN ANCIENT EGYPT
Wigs were popular amongst the upper and middle classes, the wealthier presumably maintaining a greater selection of wigs. A wig-making workshop has been discovered overlooking the Temple of King Mentuhotep at Deir el-Bahri. Wigs were made by barbers or by wig specialists, on...
The most beautiful mummy ever found in E...The most beautiful mummy ever found in Egypt,
According to Zahi Hawass, the head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. Revealed , the 2,300-year-old male mummy was discovered two months ago under 20 feet (6 meters) of sand near the pyramids at Saqqara.
Its pigments still vivid, the mumm...
Oldest Human Footprint in History Discov...Oldest Human Footprint in History Discovered in Egypt
There is something ghostly and almost touchingly poetic about an ancient prehistoric footprint of one of our human ancestors -a shadowy reminder of the billions of our predecessors who lived, loved, explored, and suffered and gloried at the myst...
The Nile River ...NILE TRANSPORTATION
The Nile River was the highway that joined the country together. Up until the nineteenth century, travel by land was virtually unknown. Ships and boats were the main means of transporting people and goods around the country. Egyptian watercraft had a high stern and bow, and ...
Statues were objects in whi...Statues
Statues were objects in which deities could manifest themselves, while images of the dead ensured their survival in the next world and formed a point of contact between this and the next domains, where the deceased could receive the offerings of the living. Depictions of temple cult cer...
Coffin of khnum_nakht ( see caption on t...Coffin of khnum_nakht ( see caption on the right hand side photo )...
The Two Brothers
Discovered by Flinders...The Two Brothers
Discovered by Flinders Petrie and the British School of Archaeology in 1907 at Rifeh in Middle Egypt.
The tomb of the two brothers, Khnum-Nakht and Nekht-Ankh, was discovered by a workman called...
The Coffins of Ancient Egypt
One of...The Coffins of Ancient Egypt
One of the most important objects purchased, whether for royalty or other elites, for a tomb was the coffin. It's purpose from the earliest times was the protection of the body, preserving it from deterioration or mutilation. During Predynastic times, the Egyptians ...
Ptah was head of three gods ...PTAH
Ptah was head of three gods and goddesses who were worshipped at Memphis (near modern-day Cairo); the other two were his wife, Sekhmet, a lion-headed goddess who brought destruction upon the enemies of the god Re; and their son, the lotus god, Nefertem.
Ptah was depicted as a mummifie...
Papyrus plant growing i...Papyrus
Papyrus plant growing in a garden, AustraliaPapyrus is a thick paper-like material produced from the pith of the papyrus plant, Cyperus papyrus, a wetland sedge that was once abundant in the Nile Delta of Egypt. Papyrus usually grows 2?3 meters (5?9 ft) tall. Papyrus is first known ...
A Burial in Ancient Egypt
After the...A Burial in Ancient Egypt
After the elaborate mummification procedure had come to an end, the mummy inside its coffin began its final journey to its tomb - it house for eternity.
The story of the burial depends upon records left by royalty, courtiers, high officials and those wealthy enough ...
The Mummy's Curse
When, in November...The Mummy's Curse
When, in November of 1922, Howard Carter discovered the Tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings on the West Bank at Luxor, the world was really very different then it is today. It was not a time of instant, live television coverage by investigative reporters. Rather, th...
The nemes headdress, attest...The Nemes
The nemes headdress, attested from the time of Djoser in the early 3rd Dynasty, is worn almost exclusively by the king in representations. Its use on the standards representing the royal ka underlines its significance for kingship. Beginning with the 18th Dynasty, it is depicted mostly ...
The Scarab is a symbol o...THE SCARAB
The Scarab is a symbol of the sun and an emblem of Egyptian god Khepera,
the god of the Sun and immortality.
Their image was placed with the mummified remains of the dead
as a source of new life in the next world.
In the Middle Ages, alchemists drew the scarab in diagrams of the ...
Canopic jars were used d...CANOPIC JARS
Canopic jars were used during the mummification process. The organs removed from the dead body were put into separate jars. They were put in canopic jars because the organs were the first things to decompose and the priests wanted to preserve them.
Only two major organs were not p...
THE EGYPTIAN COPRA
The uraeus was t...THE EGYPTIAN COPRA
The uraeus was the image of the Egyptian cobra (Naja haje), worn in the front of the king's headdress. Here the snake represents the snake goddess Wadjet, associated with the Lower Egyptian sanctuary of Buto. Her counterpart was the vulture goddess Nekhbet of Hierakonpolis in...
MISTRESS OF THE HOUSE
Marriage was th...MISTRESS OF THE HOUSE
Marriage was the natural state for Egyptians of both genders, and the most common title for non-royal women was "mistress of the house". There is little doubt that in Egypt, as in the rest of the ancient world, the man was expected to be the head of the family, but a popular...