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Egyptomania 2010!!!

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I noticed a lot of hits on my Egyptian posts then I realized there are 2 shows going on right now,

TUTANKHAMUN AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE PHARAOHS
 NEW YORK CITY: DISCOVERY TIMES SQUARE EXPOSITION
APRIL 23, 2010 – JANUARY 2, 2011
and

Cleopatra at The Franklin Institute Philadelphia, Pa.

June 5, 2010 – January 2, 2011

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So………………….. in the spirit of all things egyptian, here are 2 DVD recommendations…

both are based Agatha Christie Books,

one recreates, pretty much, the adventure of Howard Carter opening King Tutankhamun’s tomb -(with her own storyline and characters )

The Adventure of The Egyptian Tomb/ Film 1993

 The other is one of my all time favorites,

Death On The Nile / Film 1978,   filled with great 1940’s actors such as Betty Davis and a sweeping scale of egyptian monuments in the background as they are on a cruise down the Nile in the story line – as good as being there!

 

So enjoy and watch with,

Old Fashioned -1920 recipe
2 oz. Whiskey or Bourbon, Splash of Simple Syrup, Bitters & SodaFill rocks glass with ice, Add simple syrup, bitters, liquor & soda, Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

For Muddled variation: Muddle orange slice & cherry in bottom of rocks, glass, with simple syrup, bitters, add liquor & splash of soda.

I threw this one in because it is a reminder of the time in which egyptomania took place and a great example of pastel application and drawing…love it!

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Gallery Chat Special / A Walk Through King Tut’s Tomb With Howard Carter / Egyptomania

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In 1923 Howard Carter opened King Tutankhamun’s tomb.  One paper was given the exclusive rights to cover the story. Across the US a fever was created for pictures and stories about the young Egyptian king’s tomb.

Contents bill for The Times advertising the first pictures of the excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun which were published on January 30, 1923.

The TIMES of London was the sole proprietor of BW photographs, articles and interviews.  Above is a billboard poster announcing the Times  accomplishment.

The silent film industry presented an exotic ideal of egyptian dress in films,

architecture was influenced by the tombs of Egypt particularly the Rosicrucian society,

 

Why this reminds me of my one and only chance (please excuse my old buzzard drinking at rundown bar diatribe) to climb the pyramid, I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but I still, STILL can’t believe that I chickened out on this one…this one being, there was a trip to Egypt -$500 dollars that’s right and it included  RT airfare hotel breakfast for one week with a quick climb up one of the pyramids that included  a personal guide, idiot ,I WAS AN IDIOT, to pass that up – anyway this story was brought to the surface by the mention of the Rosicrucian society, as to the fact being that, while on a road trip with a friend to California, trying to drive straight out – asap – we ran across, while on one of our many midnight caffeine drenched hurtles no lees than Elvis Presley’s first home, a tiny white house with a white fence, the only thing  spotlighted  in town at midnight, then the next night round the same time we hit, purely by happenstance as we had no plan except speed, a temple of the Rosicrucian society with a SPHINX just about my size, I’m 5’9!/2″, me being me at midnight – stopped the red Toyota stick we were driving and I climbed up and perched myself face to face with The SPHINX!!!  Or at least a replica of it, I can still feel the stone of its hat underneath my fingertips as I waited for this moment to be caught on film… these things happen in the wee hours, anyway,

Egyptomania still exist today as 3,000 year old images make our hearts race and our eyes widen.

 

 

EGYPTOMANIA!!!!!

 Built in 1923

 

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Syonara!

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Gallery Chat Special – A Walk Through King Tut’s Tomb With Howard Carter / Siete

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Howard Carter found that he needed to remove many coffins from the burial sarcophagus (the outer coffin) before the mummy wrapped in linens would  appear,

 

First the lid was removed, –

The original design of the outermost coffin’s lid had incorporated four silver handles, two on each side, which were used to lower the lid into place. Some three thousand years later, these same handles would be used, once more to raise this lid, by Howard Carter and his team.

The outer coffin of King tut in its sarcophagus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM,

Egypt Feature Story

King Tut’s Coffins

by Jimmy Dunn  www.touregypt.net

Carter tells us that “it was a moment as anxious as exciting”, when he lifted the lid of the outermost coffin. Within, what was expected to be found was indeed found, a second anthropoid coffin.

Once again, the surface was concealed beneath a decayed shroud of linen, which in turn was obscured by floral garlands, and similar to the first coffin, there was a small wreath of olive leaves, blue lotus petals and cornflowers wrapped around the protective deities on the Pharaoh’s brow.

The middle coffin of Tutankhamun being removed from the outer coffin base.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Afterwards, the second coffin was soon revealed as even more magnificent than the first. It measured 2.04 meters long, and was constructed from a still unidentified wood covered as before with an overlay of gold foil. Here, the use of inlays were far more extensive than on the outermost coffin, even though they had suffered considerably from the presence of dampness within the tomb and showed a tendency to fall out. 

It is hard to image the amount of work which must have been put into making this coffin. Carved in wood, it was first overlaid with sheet gold on the thin layer of gesso (a sort of plaster). Then narrow strips of gold, placed on edge, were soldered to the base to from cells in which the small pieces of colored glass, fixed with cement, were laid. The technique is known as Egyptian cloisonne work, but it is not true cloisonne because the glass was already shaped before being put in the cells, and not put in the cells in power form and fused by heating.

  

The fine work of King Tut's second coffin

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Many details, such as the stripes of the nemes-headcloth, eyebrows, cosmetic lines and beard were inlaid with lapis-blue glass. The uraeus on the forehead was of gilded wood, with a head of blue faience and inlays of red, blue and turquoise glass. The head of Nekhbet, the vulture, was also of gilded wood with a beak of dark block wood which was probably ebony. The eyes were set with obsidian. The crook and flail, held respectively in the left and right hands, were inlaid with lapis-blue and turquoise glass and blue faience, while a broad “falcon collar” containing inset pieces of brilliant red, blue and turquoise glass adorned the king’s throat. There were also two similarly inlaid bracelets carved onto the wrists.

  

Carter removes the shroud from the second coffin of Kink Tut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Innermost Coffin (no. 255)

The delicate lid of the second coffin was removed in a similar fashion. Eyelets were screwed into the edge of the lid at four points. The silver pins securing the ten inscribed silver tenons were then removed, and the coffin lid, after some initial flexing, was lifted effortlessly into the air. Thus, the third anthropoid coffin was revealed, though covered once again with fine linen in place above the nemes-headdress. It was tightly encased within the second coffin and a shroud of red linen, folded three times, covered it from neck to feet. However, the face of this coffin had been left bare. The breast was adorned with a very delicate, broad collar of blue glass beads and various leaves, flowers, berries and fruits, including pomegranates, which were sewn onto a papyrus backing.

Now this coffin was amazingly different, particularly in one respect, as Howard Carter notes:

“Mr. Burton at once made his photographic records. I then removed the floral collarette and linen coverings. An astounding fact was disclosed. The third coffin…was made of solid gold! The mystery of the enormous weight, which hitherto had puzzled us, was now clear. It explained also why the weight had diminished so slightly after the first coffin, and the lid of the second coffin, had been removed. Its weight was still as much as eight strong men could lift.”

 

The golden inner coffin of King Tutankhamun 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another view of the innermost gold coffin of king Tut

 

 

Still more  lay in the unwrapped linens of the mummy,

 

To be continued…

 

 

Closeup of the face of the golden inner coffin.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look at the way that metal has been worked to look as if it is skin…and the expression of melancholy that the artist captured is pure bliss, artistically speaking…Wow.   PGM    GRRRRRRR technical difficulties!  my last attempt!

 

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Gallery Chat Special – A Walk Through King Tut’s Tomb With Howard Carter / Seis

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The burial chamber was surrounded by walls filled with images of egyptian life,

 The layout of the full tomb below courtesy of www.eyewitnesstohistory.com ,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Howard Carter wrote,

‘It was, beyond any question, the sepulchral chamber in which we stood, for there, towering above us, was one of the great gilt shrines beneath which kings were laid. So enormous was this structure (17 feet by 11 feet, and 9 feet high, we found afterwards) that it filled within a little the entire area of the chamber, a space of some two feet only separating it from the walls on all four sides, while its roof, with cornice top and torus moulding, reached almost to the ceiling. From top to bottom it was overlaid with gold, and upon its sides there were inlaid panels of brilliant blue faience, in which were represented, repeated over and over, the magic symbols which would ensure its strength and safety. Around the shrine, resting upon the ground, there were a number of funerary emblems, and, at the north end, the seven magic oars the king would need to ferry himself across the waters of the underworld. The walls of the chamber, unlike those of the Antechamber, were decorated with brightly painted scenes and inscriptions, brilliant in their colours, but evidently somewhat hastily executed. “

  

Outside the tomb the press waited,

After opening the first sarcophagus the cleaning and cataloging began,

Inside the sarcophagus lay still more treasures and secrets…

 

To be continued…

 

Note:

www.globalegyptianmuseum.org   Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt 

www.britishmuseum.org  The British Museum, London, England 

www.metmuseum.org    The Metreopolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

IMAGES from Google

 

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Gallery Chat Special – A Walk Through King Tut’s Tomb With Howard Carter / Quatro

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The sealed door discovered in the back wall of the antechamber was opened, cluttered and haphazardly stacked treasure filled the room,

This was a room held many of King Tutankhamun’s ushabti’s,below is one example,

A Ushabti figure

Tutankhamun’s tomb contained 413 Ushabti figures, intended to represent the king and to help him with certain duties in the afterlife. Some are very simple, but others, such as the one here, were carved from wood and are portraits of the king.

The figure is shown as a wrapped mummy wearing a gilded crown and holding the royal emblems, the Crook and the Flail.

By Robert Partridge – from ancient history in depth BBC

  

Another sealed door was discovered in the antechamber, it lead to…

To be continued…

 

 

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Gallery Chat Special – A Walk Through King Tut’s Tomb With Howard Carter / Tres

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As he looked into the tomb, Howard Carter’s own words below,

With trembling hands I made a tiny breach in the upper left-hand corner. Darkness and blank space, as far as an iron testing-rod could reach, showed that whatever lay beyond was empty, and not filled like the passage we had just cleared. Candle tests were applied as a precaution against possible foul gases, and then, widening the hold a little, I inserted the candle and peered in, Lord Carnarvon, Lady Evelyn and Callender standing anxiously beside me to hear the verdict. At first I could see nothing, the hot air escaping from the chamber causing the candle flame to flicker, but presently, as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold – everywhere the glint of gold. For the moment – an eternity it must have seemed to the others standing by – I was struck dumb with amazement, and when Lord Carnarvon, unable to stand the suspense any longer, inquired anxiously, “Can you see anything?” it was all I could do to get out the words, “Yes, wonderful things.”5

Lord Carnarvon was Howard Carter’s benefactor and funder of the expedition.

outside the tomb the excavation site looked ordinary,

 

Looking further into the tomb Howard Carter saw underneath a couch in the first room (antechamber) of the burial site…another sealed door…

To be continued…

Note:

Lord Carnarvon Lady Evelyn Carnarvon and Howard Carter-

A statue found in the antechamber,

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Note:

www.globalegyptianmuseum.org   Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt 

www.britishmuseum.org  The British Museum, London, England 

www.metmuseum.org    The Metreopolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

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Gallery Chat Special – A Walk Through King Tut’s Tomb With Howard Carter / Dos

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Here is the scene as it looked when Howard Carter entered the first chamber, 

another view of the cluttered and stacked treasures,

Disarray within the Tomb of Tutankhamun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another view,

 

 

 

To be continued…

Note:

Below text and image from Wikipedia,

Howard Carter (9 May 1874 – 2 March 1939) was an English archaeologist and Egyptologist, noted as a primary discoverer of the tomb of Tutankhamun.

In 1891, at the age of 17, Carter, a talented young artist, was sent out to Egypt by the Egypt Exploration Fund to assist Percy Newberry in the excavation and recording of Middle Kingdom tombs at Beni Hassan. Even at that young age he was innovative in improving the methods of copying tomb decoration. In 1892 he worked under the tutelage of William Matthew Flinders Petrie for one season at Amarna, the capital founded by the pharaoh Akhenaten. From 1894 to 1899 he then worked with Edouard Naville at Deir el Bahri where he recorded the wall reliefs in the temple of Hatshepsut, the first female Pharoah.

In 1899, Carter was appointed the first chief inspector of the Egyptian Antiquities Service (EAS). He supervised a number of excavations at Thebes (now known as Luxor) before he was transferred in 1904 to the Inspectorate of Lower Egypt. Carter resigned from the Antiquities Service in 1905 as a result of a dispute between Egyptian site guards and a group of French tourists.

Howard Carter

Howard Carter
Born 9 May 1874(1874-05-09)
Kensington, London
Died 2 March 1939 (aged 64)
Kensington, London
Nationality English
Fields Archaeologist and Egyptologist
Known for Discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun

 

Note:

www.globalegyptianmuseum.org   Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt 

www.britishmuseum.org  The British Museum, London, England 

www.metmuseum.org    The Metreopolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

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