Having the epithet 'she who loves silence' depending on what mood you are in could be a good thing if say you wanted to be left alone or it could be a foreboding sense of building tension. But the silence referred to by this title is more likely a mixture of contemplative silence with a… Continue reading Meretseger – she who loves silence
Frogs in Ancient Egpyt… Have you ever given it much thought?
Now bear with me on this one. Sometimes the inspiration for blog topics comes out of something I have seen in the past few weeks or it is something I have always wanted to know a little more about. Still, this time it is a completely random pull from me simply scrolling around collections for… Continue reading Frogs in Ancient Egpyt… Have you ever given it much thought?
Tattoos in Ancient Egypt
I recently came back from visiting a friend abroad who I went to university with and sometimes inspiration strikes in the weirdest way. They happen to have a good number of tattoos some of which have ancient Egypt spin on them. So it got me thinking I know there have been examples of tattoos in… Continue reading Tattoos in Ancient Egypt
The Sun Temples at Abu Gurob
This week I thought I would do something a little different and have a look into something I have really only heard about in passing and have been a bit curious about. That being the Sun temples at Abu Gurob and how they connect to two iconic structures from ancient Egypt- the obelisk and the… Continue reading The Sun Temples at Abu Gurob
Imhotep Vizier of Works
Now you may have heard of the famed ancient Egyptian architect Imhotep or if you are a fan of a certain set of films including 1932's The Mummy and an early 2000s film franchise. But away from the Hollywood versions Imhotep was the Vizier and Overseer of Works of King Djoser and is credited as… Continue reading Imhotep Vizier of Works
Khnum – Potter of Mankind
Pottery, Souls, Floods and the creation of the world all connect the subject of my blog this week, the ram-headed God Khnum ‘Potter of Mankind’ and ‘Lord of the Cataract’. Figure 1: Temple relief fragment of the god Khnum EA635 https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/Y_EA635 Appearance Figure 2: 'Amun' Ram- headed sphinxes at Luxor Temple - Authors Own Photo… Continue reading Khnum – Potter of Mankind
The HEB -SED Festival – A royal Jubilee
This week here in the UK we are celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and so it has got me thinking about what a jubilee celebration for a pharaoh would look like. Luckily there is such a celebration recorded from ancient Egypt the Heb-Sed festival or more simply the Sed festival. Figure 1:… Continue reading The HEB -SED Festival – A royal Jubilee
Seshat – She who is foremost in the Library
I have spent a lot of time surrounded by books all about ancient Egypt so it feels only right that I introduce you to the goddess Seshat mistress of the library. As it is more than likely that as I write my blogs she would be the one to guide me. So let dive in… Continue reading Seshat – She who is foremost in the Library
Meret-Neith – The first female pharaoh?
This week I am taking us all right back to the time of the unification of Egypt when the ancient Egypt that we think of was in its infancy. Only three women are definitely known to have ruled Dynastic Egypt as kings each taking the throne. Three other women have acted as queen regents although… Continue reading Meret-Neith – The first female pharaoh?
The Chariot in Ancient Egpyt- a military innovation
What image do you conjure up when thinking of ancient Egypt? King Tutankhamun's Deathmask, a mummy or just the pyramids at Giza? I bet somewhere mixed among those images is probably that of a Pharoah astride his noble chariot riding into battle. But how did the chariot come to be a pivotal piece of ancient… Continue reading The Chariot in Ancient Egpyt- a military innovation