EGYPT’S DAILY LIFE – EVERY BIT HELPS!

When this mother standing on the banks of the Nile saw our boat come closer she send her two boys in a rowing boat to meet us and offer us some fruit and a few trinkets .

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We didn’t want fruit or souvenirs, but it was hard to resist those hopeful, and yet confident little faces.                                                                                                                              img_0605-2

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We bought some of the trinkets and some bananas, but by the look of admiration in the eyes of the boy for his older brother one could have thought he just sold us a pyramid!

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A PHARAOH HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT

The mummy of Ramses I   has been a guest in Canada and the United States for more than 140 years. But during his stay he was not awarded due respect, because there was nobody around who was interested to know the identity of the brittle corpse with his bony arms holding himself.

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But today we know he started his journey when his mummy was discovered sometime around 1850 in the Deir el-Bahri cache by the notorious grave robbers, the Rassul brothers of Luxor.

In 1854 Sydney Barnett (son of Thomas Barnett) made his first trip to Egypt where he bought the mummy for seven British Pound. He brought it back and it became part of his father’s museum, who was a taxidermist. Thomas Barnett had opened a museum 1827 in a former brewery at the base of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls in Ontario. Here the mummy shared its space with hundreds of thousand rare specimens of birds, animals, minerals and fish., which Thomas Barnett wanted the world to see.

In 1878 the museum was acquired by the Saul Davis. But when in 1882 the Niagara Parks Commission was formed it forced the relocation of the museum to other side of the Niagara Falls to New York State, where the Davis family had established an Art Gallery and Museum.  Now the mummy was in the United States for the first time. But it moved back across the border when the US parks authority assumed possession of the land where museum stood.

The mummy stayed in Canada until  in 1999 when William Jamieson, who had bought a tribal art collection  some time ago(which included the mummy), sold it to the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University in Atlanta.

WHO WAS RAMSES I?

He founded Ancient Egypt’s 19th dynasty. The date of his short reign,  not completely known,  show a time -line of late 1292 – 1290 BC. He was the father of Seti I, making him the grandfather of  Egyp’s greatest pharaoh Rames II.

HOW WAS RAMSES l FINALLY RECOGNIZED

When Egyptologists were invited to look at the new acquisitions in Atlanta, it was the unwrapped mummy, as it had often been referred to in the past, that got their attention. Since then CT scabs, X-rays, skull measurements and radio carbon dating test done by experts at Emory University believe it is Ramses I, even though it cannot to be conclusively determined. However, the arms being crossed high up on his chest, a gesture solely reserved for Egyptian royalty confirms he was a king – which needed no scanner.

WHO DECIDED TO RETURN THE MUMMY TO EGYPT?

Despite Ramses I being one of the main attractions of the Michael Carlos Museum the curator of ancient art made this decision, and I quote:

There was never any question about whether the mummy would be returned to Egypt if it proved to be a royal,” said Peter Lacovara, an Egyptologist and curator of ancient art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. “It was simply the right thing to do.”

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Therefore on October 24, 2003 Ramses I boarded an airplane to Egypt.  Arriving in Cairo his coffin was carried off the plane draped with the Egyptian flag and welcomed with a military band. Zahi Hawass, (at that time) head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, who had travelled with the body said:

“We are not 100% sure that the mummy is that of Ramses I, but we are sure he is a king.”

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………………AND WHO SAID YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN?

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK – A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

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  • WHAT DO YOU WANT?
  • WHY ARE YOU TAKING MY PICTURE?
  • WHERE DO YOU COME FROM?
  • WHY DID YOU COME HERE?
  • NO, I’M NOT LIKE YOU

What do you think she wants to tell us? Please leave a comment

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PHARAOHS – MUMMIFIED FOR THE AFTERLIFE.

It is well known and well documented that the Ancient Egyptians mummified their pharaohs in preparation for the afterlife. The process, including 40 days of soaking the body in natron, could take up to 70 days before it was ready to be wrapped with thin strips of linen, the last step before being placed in an elaborate coffin.IMG_7976 (2)

In many museums, as in the Mammy Room in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the shrunken and dark bodies of dead pharaohs are devoid of any clothing or wrappings. A cloth covers them partly because, as one guide told us, many people were uncomfortable seeing the naked, dried-up, often twisted forms of what once was a human being.

But in the British Museum, which has a beautiful and large collection of Egyptian artifacts, (if you love Egypt don’t miss it when  you go to London) there are mummies still wrapped in narrow linen strips. These photos I took on my last visit will show how artfully it was done, and one can marble at how well-preserved they are after thousand of years. The tree resin or sap they used to hold the strips stay in place certainly helped.

The golden figures are charms called amulets, often hidden between the strips to protect from evil

The golden figures are charms called amulets, often hidden between the strips to protect from evil

 

 

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One can’t help but to be reminded of bandages and rightly so, because that what they are!

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK – WHAT UNITS US?

It has no nationality or country but speaks the same language – it’s called the iPhone!

During a visit to Buckingham Palace in London

During a visit to Buckingham Palace in London

 

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EGYPT’S LOST WORLDS – PART TWO

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When a month ago I was telling you how excited I was to go and visit  the exhibition at the British Museum of Egypt’s sunken cities, I can now say that I was not disappointed, but blown away by what I saw.

Over the last 20 years a team of marine archaeologists, led my Frank Goddio have explored the submerged land off the Mediterranean coast, discovering the ancient cities  of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus. And some of their finds are shown for the first time in UK.

The exhibition space was dimly lit with spot lights illuminating the artifacts brought up from the sea. While standing in front of the beautifully displayed and  DRY statues and objects it was hard to imagine that they had been submerged under water for thousand of years. But to help the public to understand this, as well as giving a hint of the difficulties of bringing these finds out of the water, there was a video close to each object showing it  still laying on the ocean floor.

These two pictures show a statue when it was first discovered and now standing proudly for all to see in the museum.

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The following photos were taken when these artifacts were first found.

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And not to let anybody forget where the objects came from, the soft sound of running water could be heard during the visit.

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The exhibition runs through November 27, 2016

 

 

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SUNKEN CITIES – EGYPT’S LOST WORLD

Recently two lost cities of Ancient Egypt, which had vanished under the water of the Mediterranean were discovered and the British Museum in London is telling the story.

I am on my way to London tomorrow and so looking forward to visit this exhibition and to tell you all about it when I come back.

Signing off for a few weeks, but please check in at the end of the  month. Wishing everyone a Happy July

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