Hope, the Blue Whale Skeleton at the Natural History Museum

Hope, the Blue Whale has recently been installed as the star exhibit of the Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum in London
The whale’s pose reflects the latest research into how these huge animals eat krill, their tiny prey
Its new diving pose was devised by Museum experts to better reflect how the species behaves in the oceans
It dominates the Hintze Hall, dramatically setting off the opulent Waterhouse ceiling

 

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Hetepni, an Ancient Egyptian Tax Collector

Seated statue of Hetepni, chamberlain of the King. Old Kingdom, 6th Dynasty, 2200 BC, from Saqqara, Egypt, now at Neues Museum AM 34428
Seated statue of Hetepni, chamberlain of the King, 2200 BC

 

Hetepni was an accountant and tax collector in the revenue office of the king over 4000 years ago in Egypt. Found in Saqqara, this mortuary statue tells us that he was was responsible:

‘…for the counting of everything that crawled or flew in the water and in the marshland‘.

The statue dates from the end of the 6th Dynasty, the last of the Old Kingdom, after which Egypt entered a period of political unrest. He may have served was Pepi II, who is credited at being one of the longest reigning monarchs in history at 94 years.

Seated statue of Hetepni, chamberlain of the King. Old Kingdom, 6th Dynasty, 2200BC, from Saqqara, Neues Museum AM 34428
Seated statue of Hetepni, chamberlain of the King, 2200 BC

Sleeping Hermaphroditus, Uffizi Gallery

The Sleeping Hermaphrodite depicts the son of Hermes and Aphrodite. It is a Roman copy of a Hellenistic original dating to 2nd century BC, though the mattress was added to the statue in 1620 by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grid

Gold octopus shaped cut outs which would have been sewn onto luxurious attire. They date from 1700 BC from Grave Circle A of the Mycenaean Acropolis.
Gold octopus shaped cut outs which would have been sewn onto luxurious attire. They date from 1700 BC from Grave Circle A of the Mycenaean Acropolis. Photo taken at National Archaeological Museum of Athens, 2013

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Grid.”

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