Smelting of Gold

Relief depicts metalworkers employed in the manufacture of jewelry, smelting gold by blowing into a furnace. Detail of a wall carving in the Mastaba of Mereruka. Old Kingdom, 6th Dynasty, ca. 2345-2181 BC. Saqqara Necropolis.

Sculptors Working on Statues

Bas-relief depicts sculptors working on statues, detail of a wall carving from the joint Mastaba of Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum, an ancient Egyptian royal servants. They shared the title of Overseer of the Manicurists in the Palace …

The Royal Cartouche of Senusret I

The Royal Cartouche of Senusret I

Bas relief depicts the royal cartouche of Senusret I (Kheperkare, The Ka of Ra is created). Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, reign of Senusret I, ca. 1971-1926 BC. Detail of a carving in the White Chapel of …

Relief of the God Osiris

Detail of a wall painting depicts Osiris, Lord of the underworld, god of fertility, agriculture, the afterlife, the dead, resurrection, life, and vegetation.  New Kingdom, late 18th Dynasty, reign of Horemheb, ca. 1319-1292 BC. Tomb …

Court Musicians from the Amarna Period

Court Musicians from the Amarna Period

The need for speedy erection of new temples for Aten led to the use of smaller, now called “Talatat”, blocks of stone, which were easier to transport and carve. New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, Amarna Period, …

Relief of Goddess Isis

A bas relief depicts Isis, goddess of motherhood, magic, healing, and rebirth. In addition to her traditional roles as wife, mother, healer, and protector of the dead, Isis was worshiped as the goddess of good …

Great Hymn to the god Aten

A detail of a painted low relief depicts King Akhenaten and his family adoring the sun god Aten. New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, Amarna Period, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1353-1336 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, …

Hatshepsut offering Incense to Min-Amun

Hatshepsut offering Incense to Min-Amun

This sunken relief depicts Hatshepsut offering incense to the fertility god Min-Amun, most often represented in male human form, shown with an erect penis which he holds in his left hand and an upheld right …

Scene of Circumcision

Mortuary priests using flint knives to perform the rite of circumcision on a group of boys. Male circumcision in ancient Egypt is well documented in representative scenes in tombs, as well as in physical remains …

King Senusret I being embraced by Ptah

Detail of an elegant pillar of King Senusret I, is finely decorated with relief on four sides. Each side shows the king in the presence of a different deity: the falcon Horus of Edfu; Atum …