Is the donkey reflecting the master’s feelings of hopelessness or is it the other way around?
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It is often said that Luxor has the biggest museum in the world – KARNAK – but it also has one of the most beautiful hotels. The Winter Palace.
Maybe it is the magic of it all that made Agatha Christie choose this place to write some of her mysteries!
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ANCIENT EGYPT: MUMMY OF QUEEN NEFERTITI BROUGHT TO LIFE WITH CONTROVERSIAL FAIR SKIN IN 3-D SCAN
The face of Queen Nefertiti, who may have been King Tutankhamun’s biological mother, will be revealed on the Travel Channel’s Expedition Unknown, which airs Wednesday night. The face is the result of the latest 3-D imaging technology that used the mummy’s facial structure to bring the 3,400-year-old queen to life, but it’s the sculpture’s skin color, not cheekbones, that has raised the most controversy.
In order to create the bust of the ancient queen, a team of scientists at the University of Bristol in England digitally mapped the face of a mummy known as “The Younger Lady.” The mummy was found in 1898 and is believed to be of Queen Nefertiti, but this was never proven. The mummy’s face was digitally mapped to make an accurate facial construction for the bust. Then, paleoartist Elisabeth Daynes recreated the Queen’s face on the bust, a painstaking process that took around 500 hours of work, a statement on the television show reported. By comparing the bust with historical images of Nefertiti, the researchers were able to show that the “Younger Lady” mummy was indeed the famous queen.
Host of “Expedition Unknown,” Josh Gates examines the sculpture of the “Younger Lady” mummy in the Paris studio of paleoartist Elisabeth Daynès.
SCULPTURE BY ELISABETH DAYNÈS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TRAVEL CHANNEL’S “EXPEDITION UNKNOWN” AND JOSH GATES. PHOTO COURTESY OF TRAVEL CHANNEL.
“This remarkable face seems to be consistent with ancient representations of Nefertiti,” Aidan Dodson, an Egyptologist at Bristol University who was involved in the project, said in a statement. “It’s extraordinary. When taken alongside the latest reading of the genetic data, this provides us with truly exciting evidence that the mummy of the Younger Lady is none other than Queen Nefertiti herself.”
The show is focused on investigating three of the most powerful women in ancient Egyptian history: Hatshepsut, Cleopatra and Nefertiti, a statement on the show reported.
According to The History Channel, Nefertiti was queen from 1353 to 1336 B.C. and may have even ruled Egypt herself after her husband, Pharaoh Akhenaten, died. Her full name, Neferneferuaten, means “beautiful are the beauties of Aten, a beautiful woman has come,” an homage to both the Egyptian chief god Aten and the queen’s renowned beauty.
The 3-D imaging was only able to copy the mummy’s facial structure, other features such as skin and eye color were up to artist interpretation. Many soon took to Twitter in anger over the artist’s decision to make Nefertiti so fair-skinned. Since Nefertiti lived far before the time of photography there is no way to know the exact skin tone of the ancient queen, although the most famous bust depicting the queen, which was believed to be created in 1345 B.C., depicts a darker monarch.
Regardless of the skin tone controversy, the new bust is celebrated for its detail to other aspects of accuracy, such as the depiction of the queen’s muscle tone and skin tissue depth. Combined, these details reveal the face of one of the most influential and well known women in world history.
The facial reconstruction of the “Younger Lady” mummy next to a 3-D replica of its head created from digital mapping.
LPTURE BY ELISABETH DAYNÈS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TRAVEL CHANNEL’S “EXPEDITION UNKNOWN” AND JOSH GATES. PHOTO COURTESY OF TRAVEL CHANNEL
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“It is the first discovery to be announced in 2018,” said Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany at a press conference held at the step of Hetpet’s tomb in Giza’s western cemetery. El-Enany explained that blocks of the tomb were unearthed in 1909 by a British explorer who sent them to Berlin and Frankfurt. “The tomb has never been uncovered until October 2017 when the Egyptian mission started excavation in the Giza western cemetery,” El-Enany said.
The minister explained that the cemetery was previously excavated by several archaeological missions since 1843, and the most distinguished and important ones were made by renowned Egyptologist and former antiquities minister Zahi Hawass. The newly discovered tomb belongs to a lady named Hetpet, a top official in the royal palace during the end of the 5th Dynasty.
Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and the head of the mission, told Ahram Online that the tomb has the architectural style and decorative elements of the 5th Dynasty, with an entrance leading to an “L” shape shrine with a purification basin.
On its western rear end there is a rectangular arcade lined with incense and offering holders. There is also a naos with a yet missing statue of the tomb’s owner. The tomb has very distinguished wall paintings in a very good state of conservation depicting “Hetpet” standing in different hunting and fishing scenes or sitting before a large offering table receiving offerings from her children.
“Scenes of reaping fruits, melting metals and the fabrication of leather and papyri boats as well as musical and dancing performances are also shown on walls,” Waziri said. He added that among the most distinguished paintings in the tomb are those depicting two monkeys in different positions. Monkeys were domestic animals at the time.
The first scene shows a monkey reaping fruits while the second displays a monkey dancing in front of an orchestra. Similar scenes are found in other tombs. The first one is painted on the wall of a 12th Dynasty tomb of Khnoum Hetep II in Beni Hassan in Minya governorate; the second is found in the Old Kingdom tomb of Ka-Iber in Saqqara, though it displays a dancing monkey in front of a guitarist not an orchestra.
Do you like Kiwis? You don’t? Well, this smile will make you change your mind.
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The rooftop of the Hotel Fairmont in Cairo looked reassuring, architecturally beautiful and well-kept –
in contrast the roof tops of the houses surrounding the hotel was another story………..
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………..that is if you live anywhere near Los Angeles
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Artifacts from King Tut’s tomb are going on tour next year to mark the upcoming 100th anniversary of the discovery of the Egyptian pharaoh’s resting place.
The California Science Center says the exhibit, “KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh,” will be on view at the Los Angeles museum for 10 months before heading to Europe in January 2019 as part of a 10-city international tour.
The museum says the exhibition represents the largest collection of artifacts and gold from Tutankhamun’s tomb ever to go on public display outside of Egypt. It says 40 percent of the items are leaving Egypt for the first and last time before going on permanent display at a new museum being built near the Giza Pyramids in Egypt.
King Tut’s tomb was discovered in 1922, more than 3,000 years after his death.
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KING TUT visited the United States for the first time in 1978. But this time he is bringing with him many treasures found in his tomb never seen before – lucky YOU if you live anywhere near Los Angeles!
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The number of tourists coming to Egypt increased in the third quarter of 2017 by 55 percent compared to the same period last year, in keeping with an upward trend, according to state statistics body CAPMAS.
In its report, CAPMAS stated that the number of tourists during the third quarter in 2017 exceeded 2.3 million, compared to just over 1.5 million tourists in the previous year’s third quarter.
Egypt’s tourism revenues jumped 211.8 percent year-on-year to $5.3 billion in the first nine months of 2017, a government official said in October, according to Reuters.
The tourism and hospitality industry in Egypt took a blow when Russia, once responsible for a large portion of visitors to Egypt’s popular Red Sea resorts, banned flights to the country following a plane crash over Sinai in 2015 that killed over 200 people.
Tourism revenues in 2016 reached $3.4 billion in comparison.
Maybe it is time to put Egypt back on your bucket list?????
Even when you have lost your head others still admire and point to you ……
This is part of the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III at Medinet Habu – an important New Kingdom structure on the West Bank of Luxor during the New Kingdom (16th century BC to 11th Century BC)
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