Yesterday, on the news I saw an old Egyptian sculpture was lying unprotected on the floor. According to Metropolitan Museum of Art records below statue is in Egyptian Museum at Cairo. I wonder if this is the same guard. Whether it is the same one or similar, does it make a difference? “This figure was probably used as a dramatic funerary ceremony and then ritually buried”.
The guardian was probably supposed to protect the King in the other world, but now the king in mummy was ironically thrown over to floor of the Museum in pieces. Maybe the guard is protecting the king in the other world but not in this world….
After all through the ages of human evolution, it is unfortunate to say our world is still cruel.
- Guardian figure in the form of King Amenemhat II, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Amenemhat II, ca. 1919–1885 b.c.
What is going on in Egypt politically is local matter and hope it will be resolved in a good way for the nation of Egypt. But what really bothers me and breaks my heart is how come a world heritage can be damaged irremediably? Such samples of Art and Culture, each and every one of it priceless beauty and objects to carry the world of culture & history to future generations can be thrown away just like that? The good news out of the bad news is the awaked Egyptians are now protecting the museum by their bodies.
Here below, as a tribute to ancient Egyptian Art, I would like to share some photos of Egyptian heritage.
Outermost Cuffin by Harry Burton, Archelogical Photography
Head of the god Amun, New Kingdom, post-Amarna period, Dynasty 18, reign of Tutankhamun, ca. 1336–1327 b.c.
Head attributed to Arsinoe II, Ptolemaic Period, reign of Arsinoe II, ca. 278–270 b.c.
Statue of Memi and Sabu, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, ca. 2575–2465 b.c.
Two Vases in the Shape of a Mother Monkey with Her Young old kingdom 2255-2246BC Egyptian Alabaster
Sarcophagus of Horkhebit, Late Period, Dynasty 26, ca. 590 b.c.
Head of Ahmose I
Canopic Jar Lid, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, late reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1340–1336 B.C.
Cosmetic Jar in the Form of a Cat, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, ca. 1991–1783 b.c.
Cosmetic container in the form of a Bes image holding the cap of a kohl tube, Late Period, Dynasty 27, ca. 525–404 b.c.
Coffin set of Henettawy, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21, reign of Psusennes I, ca. 1040–992 b.c.
Cult image of the god Ptah, Dynasty 22–early Dynasty 26 (ca. 945–600 b.c.)
Statuette of the god Anubis as embalmer, Ptolemaic Period, ca. 332–30 b.c.
Statue of Isis and Horus, Ptolemaic Period, ca. 304–30 b.c.
Statuette of Amun, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 22, ca. 945–715 b.c.
Lotiform Cup, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 22, ca. 945–715 b.c.
Situla with floral decoration, late Dynasty XIX–Third Intermediate Period (ca. 1188–712 b.c.)
Long-necked jar, late Dynasty XIX–Third Intermediate Period (ca. 1188–712 b.c.)
Harp, New Kingdom, late Dynasty 18, ca. 1390–1295 B.C.
Water bottle from Tutankhamun's embalming cache, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Tutankhamun, ca. 1336–1327 b.c.
Bowl decorated with marsh scenes, late Dynasty XIX–Third Intermediate Period (ca. 1188–712 b.c.)
Wedjet eye Amulet, Ptolemaic Period (ca. 304–30 b.c.)
The scarab (kheper) beetle Amulets fr Ancient Egypt
Prancing Horse, New Kingdom, late Dynasty 18, probably reign of Amenhotep III, ca. 1391–1353 b.c.
Scribes from Meketre's model granary, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1975 b.c.
Relief of Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II
Wishing all the humanity will be fully conscious one day to share the beauty of world culture by protecting and creating . As damaging can only be outcome of primitive mind.
Photos: The Metropolitan Museum of Art