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Mrs. Hana is our designated egyptologist for the two days in Cairo. She is a perfect antitheses of a female egyptian stereotype. Well educated (she completed her bachelors in civil engineering before giving it up to be a guide), fluent english, non conservative thought process.
We started our day by visiting the Egyptian Museum. It is said, that if you spend a minute in front of every item in the museum, it would take you 9 months to complete your tour. And all we had were 200 minutes.
There are a few articles which left a lasting impression.
This is a IV dynasty old kingdom limestone piece and comes from a tomb inj Saqqara. The details are amazing. Anatomy was clearly well understood and replicated. The handlig of limestone is as good as it can get. The face shows immense concentration. the eyes do not look at you even if you stand in front of it depicting, again, the concentration. The hair have been pushed back over the ears to allow for better hearing. The muscles on the hands are taut as if ready to write.
Narmer ruled Egypt in the 32nd century BC and was the founder of the first dynasty. The faceplate (left in the picture above) shows Narmer slaying his enemy, the king of the northern Egypt. This palette shows the first unification of north (lower) and south (upper Egypt) egypt.
What facinates me the most is the other side of the palette (right in the picture). It shows two animals with long necks. Almost look like Brachisaurus. Were ancient egyptians paleontologists as well ??
Every object found in Tutankamun's tomb is precious and beautiful.
I like the headrest the most because of how modern and timeless it is. You could probably find it in a Pottery and Barn catalogue