Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Country of the Week ~ Egypt

Egypt is an ancient civilization. One thing I find so interesting are the hieroglyphs. This is from the Memphis museum. In the background is a statue of Ramses II.

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The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is the most important Egyptian museum in the world. Inside are such ancient Egyptian antiquities as this central element of a gorget representing the vulture goddess Nekhabit.

Image by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

And this detail of the throne of Tutankhamun.

Image by Jerzy Strzelecki

Of course the jewelry interested me. I wonder what it was like for Princess Sit-Hathor Yunet, the daughter of the 12th dynasty pharaoh, Senusret II, and the sister of pharaoh Senusret III, to wear this crown.

Image by Hans Ollermann

Isn't this a beautiful piece of work? It's a jeweled falcon of Tutankhamun holding the 'ankh' or sign for life in Ancient Egypt.

Image by dalbera

Kohl is an eye paint that was an important cosmetic for ancient Egyptians. It was stored in kohl tubes into which a kohl stick was inserted. These kohl tubes are made of glass. Kohl is still used as a cosmetic today.

Image by Vassil

Looks like Giraffe #123 has been dipping into the kohl tube, too. Isn't she pretty? I got her from Avon. Her name: Giraffe-a-Bath.

1 comment:

  1. Egypt is awesome! The hieroglyphs are so interesting and I wish I knew what they meant.

    -Ani Rae