New York: Special Egypt Exhibit at Met

Head of Crocodile God Sobek on Human Body (1859-1813 BC)

Head of Crocodile God Sobek on Human Body (1859-1813 BC)

Jackal Head and Toad on Basket - Apotropaic Wand to Protect Mother and Child (made of hippopotamus ivory)

Jackal Head and Toad on Basket – Apotropaic Wand to Protect Mother and Child (made of hippopotamus ivory)

Bovine Deity Statue Head (1961-1917 BC; limestone)

Bovine Deity Statue Head (1961-1917 BC; limestone)

Queen Neferu Having Her Hair Done (2051-2025 BC)

Queen Neferu Having Her Hair Done (2051-2025 BC)

Cowrie Shell Girdle (belt) Made of Gold, Carnelian, and Feldspar (1887-1813 BC)

Cowrie Shell Girdle (belt) Made of Gold, Carnelian, and Feldspar (1887-1813 BC)

Exquisite Necklace with Two Falcons Symbolizing God Horus (1887-1878 BC)

Exquisite Necklace with Two Falcons Symbolizing God Horus (1887-1878 BC)

Pottery Jar Decorated with Dolphins and Birds (1749-1650 BC)

Pottery Jar Decorated with Dolphins and Birds (1749-1650 BC)

Ancient Egyptian Coffin of Nakhtkhnum (1850-1750 BC)

Ancient Egyptian Coffin of Nakhtkhnum (1850-1750 BC)

Maaty at Food Offering Table (2051-2030 BC)

Maaty at Food Offering Table (2051-2030 BC)

Middle Kingdom Panel 1 (2030-1650 BC)

Middle Kingdom Panel 1 (2030-1650 BC)

Middle Kingdom Panel 2

Middle Kingdom Panel 2

Middle Kingdom Panel 3

Middle Kingdom Panel 3

Middle Kingdom Panel 4

Middle Kingdom Panel 4

Middle Kingdom Panel 5

Middle Kingdom Panel 5

Seated Colossal Statue

Seated Colossal Statue

In December we visited New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to see a special temporary exhibit on “Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom”.  Over 230 pieces assembled from 30 international collections were on display. Ancient Egyptian art has always fascinated people, especially since the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb by Howard Carter in 1922. Recently Egypt announced there is a high chance that two rooms are hidden behind King Tut’s tomb – perhaps those of Queen Nefertiti. How exciting! Stay tuned – scans will continue throughout 2016. Let’s hope  that more treasures wait to be discovered! An article about recent findings is at: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/28/457680483/high-chance-that-2-rooms-are-hidden-behind-king-tut-s-tomb-egypt-says   A new discovery in 2016 is that King Tut’s sword blade is made from an iron meteorite.  Ancient Egyptians likely knew that the stone fell from the sky and therefore attributed special powers to it.  Amazing!

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

4 Responses to New York: Special Egypt Exhibit at Met

  1. SoyBend says:

    Beautiful images! I have always been impressed with the artistry of ancient Egyptians.

  2. Beautiful collection. I am so missing Egypt.

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