PHOTO OT THE WEEK – PEACE !!!

MAYBE IF HUMANS LEARNED TO TALK TO EACH OTHER —

21142-2………….BLOODSHED COULD BE STOPPED?

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EGYPT’S WALL PAINTINGS – REAL OR FACSIMILES?

Is Egypt still  on your Bucket list? And you don’t know when you can go? The Metropolitan Museum in New York is a good alternative. Besides thousands and thousands of Egyptian artifacts, it has the totally reconstructed Temple of Dendur, the Tomb of Perneb (2381 – 2323 BC), and even Cleopatra’s Needle, (Obelisk)

With only one exception these items have all been brought here from Egypt.  The exception is the gallery, in front of the auditorium, where hundreds of wall painting from Egyptian tombs are displayed.  

I have gone to the Metropolitan Museum longer than I want to admit, and never knew that these beautiful and diversified paintings are Facsimiles and not originals. It took a lecture of Dr. Monica Hanna who guided us through the Egyptian wing to find out.

In 1907 the Museum created the Graphic Section of the Egyptian Expedition. Norman de Garis Davies was hired to oversee the work, assisted by his wife Nina. Norman & Nina DaviesShe helped him develop a copying technique that almost exactly simulates the colors and brushstrokes seen on the tomb walls. Most of them are painted at a 1:1 scale, and show deliberately damage and loss suffered over 1000 of years.

The tomb paintings were copied from cemeteries of Western Thebes, royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, as well as tombs of officials living in the village of Deir el-Medina.IMG_4963-2

The following pictures, are just a small sampling, nothing compared to the impact the  gallery will have on you – it might even make you feel like you were in the Valley of the Kings!?

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….and the best part is that the originals wall decorations are still in Egypt, in the place they were meant to be and the Egyptian people are not deprived of their heritage.

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EGYPT’S ANCIENT STONES

Everything in Ancient Egypt was bigger than life — much bigger than life – -their pyramids, their temples, their statues, and their columns. How the Egyptians, so many years ago, were able to build monuments of that size is still a matter of discussion.

Since these structures were erected without the technology we have today, it is even more surprising that they used stones of colossal proportions and weight. For example, for Khufu’s pyramid it has been calculated that 2,500,000 stones weighing between 6.5 to 10 tons each, with the smallest one weighing 1.3. tons, were used. It is hard to imagine how big that is, but when standing next to them and feeling like an insect, you know they are huge.

And it is not only their size that is surprising, it is also the way they were put together. Often it seems like nothing is holding them, yet they are firmly in place and have been so for thousand of years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both of these pictures were taken at the Temple of Karnak in Luxor – as you can see they are holding in place – hard to understand how, but they do.

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In Abydos one of the most ancient cities in Upper Egypt, is the Osirion Temple. It is believed that the head of Osiris, the god of the dead and the underworld, is buried here. This temple was built long before the Pyramids, and the stones they used are even bigger.

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Don’t be afraid to walk through the doorway seen below. It is the only thing left of one of the temples at Medina Habu. It has been there for many centuries and it is not going to fall down now. The stones used here are limestone and granite. The mountains you see beyond the doorway are part of the Valley of the Kings.

Why the Ancient Egyptians used stones of such colossal dimensions to build their temples and monuments is still a mystery. Could it be that cutting the stones smaller was more difficult than moving and lifting a 6 ton stone? We might never know. But even if one day we will find out, our admiration for their architectural achievements will never vanish.

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PICTURES OF THE WEEK – PILLARS HOLDING UP ANCIENT EGYPT’S HISTORY

EVERY COLUMN AND PILLAR WE SEE IN EGYPT TODAY IS PART OF A WORLD LONG GONE – BUT THEIR PRESENCE, THEIR OVERWHELMING SIZE, THE MESSAGES CARVED INTO THE STONE ARE STILL TELLING US HOW THAT WORLD USED TO BE.

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Deir-El-Bahri – West Bank – Luxor

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ROSETTA STONE? WHAT IS IT?

Maybe you have heard about the ROSETTA SPACE PROBE in the news recently? About the spacecraft that was launched in 2004 by the European Space Agency and which reached the comet near the sun just last month.Or maybe you have seen the advertisement for the Rosetta Language School, helping you to learn any language.
The name is  used today to show an essential clue to a new field of knowledge, but it all started with a stele found in 1799 in a small village in the Delta called Rosette (Rashid) by French soldiers who were rebuilding a fort in Egypt.

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This stele shows a decree issued in 196 BC on behalf of King Ptolemy V. It was written in two languages – Egyptian and Greek – using three scripts – hieroglyphic, demotic and Greek. The reason it was written in three different scripts was that at time there were three scripts being used in Egypt. The first was hieroglyphic which was the script used for important or religious documents.
The second was demotic, used for the common script of Egypt, and the third was Greek which was the language of the rulers of Egypt at the time. All three texts, with minor differences, say the same thing.
Since its discovery many scholars have tried to decipher the text, but it was Francois Champollion in 1822 who did –  being able to read both Greek and Coptic helped him to tell the world what the Ancient Egyptians had to say.
The fate of the Rosetta stone was determined after British troops defeated the French in 1801. When Alexandria capitulated, it was taken to England, where it has been on public display in the British Museum ever since. It is the most visited object in the Museum. Originally it was displayed without any protection, but a sign saying ‘DO NOT TOUCH’ did not keep the fingers of the world off. So in 1847 it was placed in a protective glass case, where it is today and where I saw it. Picture taking is allowed but due to the glass this is the best I could do

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showing the three scripts

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Back of Stele – it has no decoration because it was only seen from the front

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IT’S A MATTER OF SIZE – RAMESSES II

EVERY TIME ONE THINKS THAT RAMESSES II CAN’T GET ANY BIGGER HE DOES.

WHILE WALKING INTO THE EGYPTIAN WING IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM, MY ATTENTION WAS CAUGHT BY THIS BEAUTIFUL, VERY LARGE BUST, WHICH ONCE HAD BEEN PART OF A STATUE. IT STANDS RIGHT IN MIDDLE ON A PEDESTAL AND CAN’T BE OVERLOOKED. NOT JUST BECAUSE OF IT SIZE, BUT BECAUSE OF ITS WARM, SMILING FEATURES – AND YES IT IS RAMESSES II.
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LOOKING AT THAT  BEAUTIFUL FACE I COULD NOT HELP BUT WONDER HOW THE ARTIST WAS ABLE TO MAKE IT LOOK SO ALIVE, SO FULL OF FEELINGS? AND WHAT IS MOST AMAZING IS HOW HE COULD MAKE GRANITE LOOK SO SOFT AND ALIVE. YES, IT IS CARVED OUT OF GRANITE, THE HARDEST STONE THAT EXISTS, BUT THE FACE OF RAMSESSES II SHOWS NO SIGN OF HARDNESS AND COULD BE FLESH AND BLOOD.

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EGYPTIAN MUMMIES CAN SLEEP IN PEACE NOW

My visit to the British Museum last week was an eye-opening experience. Ancient Mummies have fascinated the world for a long time and  to learn who they were and how they lived it was necessary to unwrap them.
Now with the latest CT-scanning technology, which was used by the British Museum in this exhibition, we can see the coffins, beautifully decorated and painted, and next to it the CT scanned images peeling away layer after layer exposing the Mummy inside.

This is the Mummy of a young child

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The CT scanning technology also allows to know the sex of the Mummy, if the person was healthy, the cause of death, and the age when he or she died. And this is just a short list of data that can be collected with CT Scanning.

Whenever I visited the Cairo Museum, where the Mummies of the Pharaoh Ramses II and Queen Hatshepsut among others, can be seen, I felt like an intruder. Looking at the exposed bodies, just covered by a linen sheet, I wondered what gave us the right to take away their dignity by unwrapping them and exposing their remains to the world?

Hopefully now with this new methods of looking and examining Mummies, they can sleep in peace for eternity.

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