October 2021

Model of a Carpentry Workshop

This model from Meketre’s funerary furniture shows some carpenters in their carpentry workshop. They are busy with woodworking of various kinds. One carpenter in the middle is sawing a piece of wood while other workmen are working around the sides holding hoes. A workman sits in the middle of the scene and uses a mallet...

Head of Queen Tiye

This small head, full of wonderful details, portrays Queen Tiye, one of the most powerful women in ancient Egypt. The queen’s facial features follow the stylistic canons of the reign of Amenhotep III in the almond-shaped eyes, the arching eyebrows, and the thin nose. Her down-turned mouth with fleshy lips is a typical detail of...

Head of King Amenhotep III

Head of King Amenhotep III

King Amenhotep III is portrayed with the features of a young boy; he has a round full face, almond-shaped eyes, curved eyebrows, a small nose and a fleshy mouth. These features determine that the head belonged to the so-called “second group” of portraits of Amenhotep III, from the last years of his reign. For this...

Ostracon of Prince Sethherkhepshef

The Ostracon of Prince Sethherkhepshef is a painted limestone figured-ostracon of the son of Ramesses III. It is a standing, figured profile of Prince Sethherkhepshef (who later ascended the throne as Ramesses VIII) in an adoration pose, with outstretched arms, a scepter in his left hand, and right hand, palm-forward. Behind Sethherkhepshef in a standard...

Statue of a Cat with her Kittens

Statue of a Cat with her Kittens

A statue of a cat feeding one kitten and playing with another is shown lying on a sarcophagus designed to store the mummified remains of cats. Cats were commonly portrayed in Egyptian art, especially during the Saite period, which was characterized by numerous images of animals in general. When represented, the cat-shaped statues was most...

Statue of Hathor Protecting Psamtik

This schist statue depicts Psamtik standing in a posture of prayer, with the seal of his profession as chief scribe hanging from his neck. He is standing beneath the figure of a cow representing the goddess Hathor. She was the goddess of love, music, and motherhood. Here Hathor wears her usual crown of the sun...

Gold Jewelry of Princess Khenmet

Jewelry of Princess Khenmet

These items of jewelry belonging to Princess Khenmet are made with the decorative cloisonné technique of applied gold threads and tiny beads that was very popular outside Egypt, particularly in Syria and the area of the Aegean. The first chain has a pendant of a spotted heifer in a round border in blue enamel. This...

The Golden Throne of Tutankhamun

The golden throne of Tutankhamun is a unique work of art. The luxurious armchair is distinguished by the complexity of its technique and an abundance of details. Its colors have not faded over three thousand years, which serves as a testament to the high skill of the ancient Egyptian craftsmen. The royal throne is made...

Daughters of Isis: Women of Ancient Egypt

Daughters of Isis: Women of Ancient Egypt

“Egypt was undoubtedly the best place to have been born a woman in the whole of the Ancient World…. Egyptian women enjoyed a legal, social, and sexual independence unrivaled by their Greek or Roman sisters, unrivaled, indeed by women in Europe until the late nineteenth century. They could own and trade in property, work outside...

Duck Bracelet of King Ramesses II

Duck Bracelet of Ramesses II

This solid gold bracelet of Ramesses II is composed of two parts, linked on one side by a hinge and on the other by a clasp. The broader upper part of the bracelet is decorated with a double-headed duck. The body consists of a large chunk of lapis lazuli framed by broad bands of gold...