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Fish amulet

Fish amulet

This fish amulet is made from gold with a green feldspar inlay. The amulet is open on both sides. The central cloisonné, to which are attached fins and tail, is roughly made from a strip of sheet metal curved around to make an oval shape. The inlay is a piece of feldspar which has been...

Gold Cuff Bracelet of Prince Nemareth

Gold Cuff Bracelet of Prince Nemareth

The inner side of the smaller segment of this cuff bracelet is inscribed for a man with the Libyan name of Nimlot (also rendered as Nemareth or the like). The external decoration of the bracelet consists of geometric decoration and a figure of a child god. The god is represented in a typical ancient Egyptian...

Model of a Sailing Boat

Model of a Sailing Boat

A model boat with the pilot in the bow and the owner resting under a canopy. Boats were the commonest type of funerary models placed in tombs during the Middle Kingdom. They provided the dead person with the magical means of traveling along the waterways of the Underworld. All the standing sailors except the pilot,...

Bastet, The Gayer-Anderson Cat

Bastet, The Gayer-Anderson Cat

The Gayer-Anderson cat is a bronze figure depicting one form of the goddess Bastet. The goddess was usually shown as a cat-headed woman, or in the form of a cat. Her principal cult center was Bubastis in the Nile Delta. Bastet was a mother goddess and benign counterpart to the more aggressive lion goddess Sekhmet. The...

Gold Signet Ring of Amenhotep II

Gold Signet Ring of King Amenhotep II

Ancient Egyptian signet-ring with a rectangular bezel bearing a cartouche with the name of Amenhotep II flanked by Nile gods (Hapi).  New Kingdom, mid 18th Dynasty, reign of Amenhotep II, ca. 1427-1401 BC. Now in the British Museum. EA54549

The Weighing of the Heart Ceremony, Papyrus of Ani

The Weighing of the Heart, Papyrus of Ani

The ‘Book of the Dead’, Papyrus of Ani (sheet 3): Ani’s Judgment: the scene is the Hall of Judgment. The Weighing of the Heart Ceremony. Centrally placed is a balance, holding in its two pans Ani’s heart (on the left) and a feather (on the right) representing Maat, the divine personification of truth and order....

Nebamun Hunting in the Marshes

Nebamun Hunting in the Marshes

Nebamun is shown hunting birds, in a small boat with his wife Hatshepsut and their young daughter, in the marshes of the Nile. Such scenes had already been traditional parts of tomb-chapel decoration for hundreds of years and show the dead tomb-owner ‘enjoying himself and seeing beauty’, as the hieroglyphic caption here says. Yet this...