sábado, 23 de enero de 2016

martes, 19 de enero de 2016


Near the southeast corner of the pyramid of Cheops stands the restored columned portico of the family tomb of Seshemnefer. The entrance to the tomb is flanked by two seated statues and six small obelisks. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: Old Kingdom, 5th early 6th Dynasty. Place of Origin: Giza

Statue of Narundi

Statue of Narundi wearing the kaunakes, with Elamite and Akkadian inscriptions. Limestone, reign of Puzur-Inshushinak, ca. 2100 BC. From the Acropolis at Susa.

Le mastaba M12 de la Ière dynastie

Le mastaba M12 de la Ière dynastie et son entrée (à droite) (cl. Y. Tristant
Nécropole protodynastique “M” d’Abou Rawach

Decorated ostrich egg

Decorated ostrich egg
Decorated ostrich eggs date mainly from the second millennium BC, and the majority are decorated with dots and white lines, or black zig-zag lines; eggs bearing incised lines, spirals and even animal outlines are much rarer. The egg in Brussels is decorated with 37 engraved spirals, running from the base to the top of the shell. The purpose of this type of object is unknown.
Present location KMKG - MRAH [07/003] BRUSSELS
Inventory number E.2338
Archaeological Site UNKNOWN
Technique ENGRAVED
Height 14 cm
Width 11 cm
Bibliography•S. Hendrickx, in T. Phillips, Africa. The Art of a Continent (Exposition Londres 1995), Munich-New York-Londres 1995, 78 n° 1.37

Priest burning incense before Ra-Horakhty-

Egyptian, stele, Priest burning incense before Ra-Horakhty-Atum, ca. 900 BC

Head from the figure of a woman,

Head from the figure of a woman, Spedos type, Early Cycladic II (2700 BC–2300 BC), Keros culture

jueves, 14 de enero de 2016

Seated statue of Tep-em-ankh

Seated statue of Tep-em-ankh
The statue shows a seated official dressed in a curly wig and a short kilt. The modelling of the body is remarkable. The right hand is fisted and placed on the thigh, the left hand is open.


Pharaoh Anedjib on a stone bowl fragment

Fragment of a vase of shale (slate) engraved with the name of Horus Anedjib and representation of a statue of the king.
Provenance: Saqqara. Found north of the pyramid of King Djeser. It is likely that earlier, the original vase was stored in one of the galleries beneath the pyramid. Now in the Egyptian Museum, JE. 55259. This fragment, found north of the Step Pyramid of King Djeser and published by Gunn, curiously shows the image of a statue of the same sovereign in a striding position. The rectangular bases where they land their feet, confirm that there is a representation of the sovereign itself, if not one of his statues.
This significant fact confirms the importance of the production of
sculptures during the reign of Anedjib, although to date we have not found any of them. Gunn. A.S.A.E., XXVIII, p. 158, pl. I, No. 6

"Tomb T"

The reconstructed entrance to "Tomb T" at Umm el-Qa'ab in Abydos, the tomb of Den

Year events of early Egyptian king Dewen (1st dynasty) as shown on a stone slab Palermo

Year events of early Egyptian king Dewen (1st dynasty) as shown on a stone slab

Den. Ivoriy label

Fragment of an ivory label showing pharaoh Den, wearing the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt. Originally from Abydos, Umm el Qaab, tomb T (Tomb of Horus Den). Now in the Egyptian Museum. Undoubtedly this representation of Horus Den marks an advance in regard to the iconography of the double crown. Remains of the original color, used for painting the label, still visible on top of the white crown and sides of the red crown. bibliography: Petrie, W.M.Flinders. 1901. The royal tombs of the first dynasty. Part II, p.21, pl. X.13; XIV.7-7a.

miércoles, 13 de enero de 2016


Round-topped stela with smooth undecorated narrow sides and a single incised line de-marcating the area of crudely incised representations and hieroglyphic inscriptions. Blue pigment remains in most of the hieroglyphs and outlines of the representations, and over the bodies of the jackals. The roundel contains a detailed but crude depiction of the winged sun-disc with pendant uraei, over two inward-facing jackals; above and beside each jackal runs a hieroglyphic inscription in 2 horizontal lines (A-B).
The remainder of the stela is arranged on four registers. The first contains 3 lines of hiero-glyphs (Inscription C).
The second register shows, at the left, the owner seated facing right on a lion-legged chair, with short wig, ear exposed, long kilt with belt and knot marked, one hand extended over leg, the other holding a long diagonally slanting staff. To his right stands an offering-table with a stylized representation of tall loaves. Over the centre run 2 horizontal lines of hi-eroglyphs on baselines and a short horizontal group of hieroglyphs without baseline (end of Inscription C and Inscriptions D-E). To the right, facing left, is shown a woman seated on a lion-legged chair, wearing a long wig, with long dress, a vertical line apparently marking the dress-strap, and anklet, with one arm extended over the leg, the other holding an open lotus flower to her nose. Behind her runs 1 vertical line of hieroglyphs (Inscrip-tion F).
The third register contains on the left a man and woman seated on the ground facing one another, with 1 horizontal line above and 1 vertical line, between them, of hieroglyphs (Inscriptions G-H). The man wears a short wig, ear exposed, plain collar, and holds an open lotus flower to his nose; the other hand is lost in the lacuna. The woman wears a long wig, and extends one hand over the leg, holding the other to her chest. The right half of the register contains depictions of three men seated on the ground, facing right, with one hand extended over raised knee, the other held to the chest; there are short horizontal hi-eroglyphic lines over the first two (Inscriptions I, K), and a short vertical line between them (Inscription J). The end of the hieroglyphic inscription (F) from the previous register intrudes into this in front of the man on the right.
The fourth register is crowned by 1 horizontal line divided into sections with hieroglyphic inscriptions (L-R) for the adjacent figures, all right-facing. The first figure from the right is of a woman wearing the long wig, with vertical line marking the dress-strap, one hand extended over raised knee, the other holding an open lotus flower to her nose. Behind her are two figures of men wearing short wigs, ear exposed, with a hieroglyphic group in front of the first (Inscription S); they hold one hand to the chest, and the second had hand ex-tended over raised knee, while the lower body of the first is lost. At the centre of the reg-ister is depicted a woman seated on the ground, with long wig, vertical line for dress-strap (?), one hand extended over raised knee, the other held to the chest; behind her are seated three men in the same pose, each with short wig, leaving ear exposed.
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Wall art from the the Temple at Kalabshe

Wall art from the the Temple at Kalabshe,
by François Chrétien Gau, 1819

Giza Mastabas Vol. 8

Giza Mastabas Vol. 8:
Mastabas of Nucleus Cemetery G 2100

Peter Der Manuelian


Carved Stone Ball

Carved Stone Ball from Towie in Aberdeenshire. Sir John Evans. The Ancient Stone implements, Weapons & Ornaments of Great Britain. Longmans, Green & Co. 1897. P. 421.

Celtic bronze mirror

The reverse side of a Celtic bronze mirror from Desborough, Northamptonshire, England, showing the development of the spiral and trumpet decorative theme of the Early Celtic La Tène style in Britain. Date: 50 BC - AD 50. 36 cm diameter. Symmetrical clover-leaf pattern possibly laid out using a compass or string, engraved with a basket-weave pattern and hatched texturing. British Museum - Decorated bronze mirror

martes, 12 de enero de 2016

Tile with flower decoration

Tile with flower decoration
This tile formed part of the wall decoration of the great palace at El-`Amarna. It shows a vegetative decoration of plant stems, blue flax flowers, and separate inlaid flowers of Anthemis pseudocotula, which has white leaves and yellow flower heads.
Present location PELIZAEUS-MUSEUM [04/030] HILDESHEIM
Inventory number 4824
Archaeological Site EL-`AMARNA/AKHETATEN
Category TILE
Height 1.7 cm
Width 7.4 cm
Bibliography•Meisterwerke altägyptischer Keramik : 5000 Jahre Kunst und Kunsthandwerk aus Ton und Fayence, Montabaur 1978, Kat.-Nr. 237.
•Eggebrecht, A. (Hrsg.), Pelizaeus-Museum Hildesheim : Die ägyptische Sammlung, Hildesheim - Mainz 1993, Abb. 56.


Inventory number AO 11a-2
Archaeological Site DIRA` ABU EL-NAGA
Category DIADEM
Diameter 18 cm
Bibliography•Boeser, P. A. A., Beschrijving van de Egyptische Verzameling III, Den Haag 1910, 70, pl. XVIII.
•Schneider, H. D. en M. J. Raven, De Egyptische Oudheid, Den Haag 1981, nr. 61.
•Raven, M. J., The Antef Diadem Reconsidered, in: Oudheidkundige Mededelingen uit het Rijksmuseum van Oudheden te Leiden (OMRO) 68, Leiden 1988, 77-90.
•Kozloff, A. P., Bryan, B. M., Berman, L. M. en E. Delange, Egypt's dazzling sun, Cleveland 1992, 161, n. 8.
•Schneider, H. D., Egyptisch Kunsthandwerk, Amsterdam 1995, 40-41, nr. 13


Inventory number AD 14
Archaeological Site UNKNOWN
Category PLATE
Material FAIENCE
Diameter 10-14 cm
Bibliography•Leemans, C., Aegyptische Monumenten van het Nederlandse Museum van Oudheden te Leiden II, Leiden 1851, 12, pl. LIV, 118a-b.
•Schneider, H. D. en M. J. Raven, De Egyptische Oudheid, Den Haag 1981, nr. 102.
•Schneider, H. D., Egyptisch Kunsthandwerk, Amsterdam 1995, 52-54, nr. 19.
•Friedman, F. D., Gifts of the Nile, Rhode Island 1998, nr. 79.
•Quaegebeur, J., La naine et le bouquetin, Leuven 1999, fig. 26.
•Goudsmit, J., De vondst van apenmummies in Egypte : expeditie op zoek naar oud DNA, Amsterdam 2000, fig. 8.12.

viernes, 8 de enero de 2016

TT177 Amenemopet

TT177 Amenemopet
Here is the most interesting representation and the best preserved of the chamber. The deceased and his family's members are in front of the Hathor cow, which leaves of the mountain of the west. More precisely, it represents Hathor-Meresger, as the text specifies. Meresger, who appears most often as a snake, is the manifestation of the Theban Summit, the head of the necropolis and is more especially revered by the craftsmen of the village of Deir el-Medineh, those who produced the royal and princely tombs. It is maybe necessary to see here an indication connecting Amenemopet to the latter, because it is rarely mentioned in the tombs of the officials.


Period: Parthian
Date: ca. 150 B.C.
Geography: Mesopotamia, Nippur
Culture: Parthian
Medium: Ceramic
Dimensions: 2.6 x 1.26 x 1.42 in. (6.6 x 3.2 x 3.61 cm)
Classification: Ceramics-Sculpture
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1959
Accession Number: 59.41.31
Met Museum

Funerary relief

Funerary relief from Palmyra. Stone, early 2nd century CE.

Coin of the Parthian king Artabanos III

Coin of the Parthian king Artabanos III

Coin of the Parthian king Arsaces I (247-211 B.C.)

Coin of the Parthian king Arsaces I (247-211 B.C.)

Canalón parto, siglos I-II

Canalón parto, siglos I-II
Met Museum

Joven con traje parto

Joven con traje parto. Palmira, Siria, primera mitad del siglo III. Decoración de una estela funeraria, Museo del Louvre
Libellus de Medicinalibus Indorum Herbis (Códice Badiano

Relief with Aten

Relief with Aten, Amarna, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten (1353-1336 BCE), calcite (Egyptian alabaster)

This relief fragment shows the hands at the ends of the Aten's sun rays, one of the deity's few visible human features.

Photo: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Cyprus in the 16th-century

Cyprus in the 16th-century Kitab-ı Bahriye (Book of Navigation) of Piri Reis, an Ottoman admiral

Relieve de Alejandro Magno

Relieve de Alejandro Magno ante Amón-Ra, en el templo de Luxor.

Alejandro Magno

Busto de Alejandro Magno como Helios. Museos Capitolinos, Roma.


Hermes-type bust (pillar with the top as a sculpted head) of Alexander the Great called Hermes Azara. Bears the inscription: "Alexander [the Great], son of Philip, [king of] Macedonia." Copy of the Imperial Roman Era (1st or 2nd century CE) of a bronze sculpture made by Lysippos. Found in Tivoli, East of Rome, Italy. Pentelic marble, region of Athens

Late Bronze Age Sanctuary of Myrtou-Pigadhes, Cyprus

Late Bronze Age Sanctuary of Myrtou-Pigadhes, Cyprus

Bronze Age idol

Bronze Age idol from Cyprus Museum, Nikosia. 2400-2000 BCE