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?

Bes – the tambourine shaking, snake strangling, protector of children

Figure 1: The bes jar from the Ashmolean that inspired this week's blog. Authors own photo This week’s blog is inspired by a recent trip to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford when I was reminded about how charming and intriguer Bes jars are (Figure 1). So, this set me off on a little adventure reading… Continue reading Bes – the tambourine shaking, snake strangling, protector of children

Ancient Egyptian Clothing Part 2 – Diaphanous cloth and jewels abound

In my last blog, I gave a brief introduction to ancient Egyptian clothing from the predynastic period to the end of the Middle Kingdom. In the second part of this, I will take you through the fashions of the New Kingdom a time when Egypt’s empire grew and stepped onto the international stage. The style… Continue reading Ancient Egyptian Clothing Part 2 – Diaphanous cloth and jewels abound

Draped in fabulous linens- Ancient Egyptian Clothing Part 1

What would you wear to be the height of fashion in Ancient Egypt? The fashion for both men and women in ancient Egypt changed throughout time just as they do today. Returning to my regular schedule after a pretty hectic work schedule. This is the first part of this two-part blog series, looking at clothing… Continue reading Draped in fabulous linens- Ancient Egyptian Clothing Part 1

The Kites of Nephthys

Inspired by last week’s object that I added to my cabinet of curiosities on Instagram I thought I would explore the Kites of Nephthys and the role that these women played in the funeral processions of both gods and mortals. In order to figure out where these individual roles come from, we have to take… Continue reading The Kites of Nephthys

Nefertari – for whom the sun does shine…

I promised this a few weeks back and now it's the time for me to cash in on that promise. As March is Women's History month it seems appt to write about one of my favourite ancient women. This week’s blog is all about Nefertari Royal Wife of Ramesses II otherwise known as Ramesses the… Continue reading Nefertari – for whom the sun does shine…