Naqada Pottery of Predynastic Egypt; a 5,400-year-old Representation of a River Festival

This unprovenanced jar in the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection dates to between c. 3450 to 3330 BCE. It is a particularly fine example of late Neqada II decorated ware, pottery made of fine marl clay and embellished with recurring motifs representing the Egyptian desert and Nilotic environment. It depicts three boats travelling in procession … Continue reading Naqada Pottery of Predynastic Egypt; a 5,400-year-old Representation of a River Festival

The Painted Tomb-Chapel of Nebamun, 1350 BC

My reproduction is based on a wall painting from an 18th Dynasty tomb chapel located in the Theban Necropolis on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt. It belonged to Nebamun, a wealthy, middle-ranking official scribe and grain counter at the temple complex in Thebes. The tomb’s plastered walls were richly and skilfully decorated … Continue reading The Painted Tomb-Chapel of Nebamun, 1350 BC

The Goddess Hathor and Seti I

This beautiful relief was part of the decoration of the tomb well-preserved tomb of King Seti I (KV17) in the Valley of the Kings. It depicts Seti walking towards the still figure of the goddess Hathor, who played an important role in welcoming the dead to the underworld and accompanying them into the afterlife. Hathor, … Continue reading The Goddess Hathor and Seti I

Paintings from the Tomb-chapel of Nebamun, British Museum

These wall paintings are from an 18th Dynasty tomb chapel located in the Theban Necropolis located on the west bank of the Nile at Thebes. The tomb chapel belonged to Nebamun, a middle-ranking official scribe and grain counter at the temple complex in Thebes. The tomb's plastered walls were richly and skilfully decorated with lively … Continue reading Paintings from the Tomb-chapel of Nebamun, British Museum

The Young Memnon, British Museum

The Younger Memnon is one of a pair of colossal granite heads from the ancient Egyptian Ramesseum mortuary temple in Thebes. It depicts the 19th Dynasty Pharaoh Ramesses II wearing the Nemes head-dress and a circlet of uraei. The back pillar is inscribed with vertical registers of hieroglyphs giving the name and titles of the … Continue reading The Young Memnon, British Museum

The Ballachulish Figure, an Iron Age Sculpture

The Ballachulish Figure  The mysterious Ballachulish figure is a roughly life-sized figure of a girl or goddess, carved from a single piece of alder, with pebbles for eyes. It was found in 1880, in Ballachulish, in Inverness-shire, Scotland and dates to the Iron Age, around 600 BC. The wooden sculpture was found in a bog overlooking the … Continue reading The Ballachulish Figure, an Iron Age Sculpture

Skeletons from the Natural History Museum

Whales: Beneath the Surface was the Natural History Museum's latest exhibition, timed to coincide with the unveiling of the new entrance hall, where childhood favourite Dippy has been replaced by a blue whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling. It was open to the public from 14 July 2017 until 28 February 2018.