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Spotted this glorious wee stela yesterday showing the 'servant in the Place of Truth' (i.e. a Valley of the Kings workma...
07/12/2023

Spotted this glorious wee stela yesterday showing the 'servant in the Place of Truth' (i.e. a Valley of the Kings workman) called Roma, adoring the god Thoth as a baboon on a plinth, in the top register. The style is post-Amarna, just after the royal cemetery was restored.

And here's just such a baboon on a plinth, for many years outside in the Museum garden - from Tanis and inscribed with the name of the 21st Dynasty ruler Psusennes but perhaps originally carved much closer in time to Roma. πŸ’

Quick visit to the Egyptian Museum this afternoon to see this new display of Amenhotep III wall paintings from Wadi es S...
06/12/2023

Quick visit to the Egyptian Museum this afternoon to see this new display of Amenhotep III wall paintings from Wadi es Sebua - featuring a beautifully lit statue of his wife, Tiye, discovered by mission in 2006. Check out the details of his cartouches on her crown! 😍πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬

From cats to dogs (well, jackals...). Always some new details to discuss with visitors.
27/11/2023

From cats to dogs (well, jackals...). Always some new details to discuss with visitors.

Roaring into the week like this gorgeous faience feline πŸ¦πŸ’™ With a loop for suspension at the top it was perhaps intended...
27/11/2023

Roaring into the week like this gorgeous faience feline πŸ¦πŸ’™

With a loop for suspension at the top it was perhaps intended as a representation of an element of ritual regalia. Maybe around 2500 years old.

A 3200 year old limestone ostracon of a cat offering a seated mouse a chalice of wine   😺🍷🐭
25/11/2023

A 3200 year old limestone ostracon of a cat offering a seated mouse a chalice of wine 😺🍷🐭

3250 year old gold pectoral inlaid with semi precious stones, showing the paired goddesses of north and south Wadjet (co...
16/11/2023

3250 year old gold pectoral inlaid with semi precious stones, showing the paired goddesses of north and south Wadjet (cobra) and Nekhbet (vulture), protecting the name of Ramesses II (User-maat-re Setep-en-re). Spotted last year.

New discovery in my ongoing obsession with the reception of  : Keith Haring's 1983 work 'Sarcophagus' βœ¨πŸ‘€
15/11/2023

New discovery in my ongoing obsession with the reception of : Keith Haring's 1983 work 'Sarcophagus' βœ¨πŸ‘€

A day in the store today supervising researchers and happened across these for the first time... Fossil shark's teeth fr...
14/11/2023

A day in the store today supervising researchers and happened across these for the first time... Fossil shark's teeth from Giza! πŸ¦ˆπŸ¦·πŸ‘€

N.B. I am not implying dinosaur sharks built the pyramids.

Today marks exactly 12 years since I was appointed to my dream job ! Excited to share that next month I'll start a 2 yr ...
09/11/2023

Today marks exactly 12 years since I was appointed to my dream job ! Excited to share that next month I'll start a 2 yr part-time research secondment to better understand responses to our show & ancient Egyptian faces.

*cue me eyeballing things*

Discovered in 1910, this 4500 year old pair statue depicts King Menkaure - builder of the third pyramid of Giza - and hi...
09/11/2023

Discovered in 1910, this 4500 year old pair statue depicts King Menkaure - builder of the third pyramid of Giza - and his wife, Queen Khamerernebty II.

They'll appear in my lecture on divine images of kingship on Saturday, when & I take on Egypt's Old Kingdom in our study day! Book your ticket to join live or access the recorded lectures here: https://shorturl.at/apAM8

Incredible Late Period hieroglyphs πŸ‘€πŸ‘Œ
03/11/2023

Incredible Late Period hieroglyphs πŸ‘€πŸ‘Œ

A bit late for   but here's a   to a particularly macabre-looking decorated coffin(?) fragment of the Graeco-Roman Perio...
02/11/2023

A bit late for but here's a to a particularly macabre-looking decorated coffin(?) fragment of the Graeco-Roman Period now . It shows a deity apparently in the act of harvesting heads...

Does anyone know a parallel?!

On  , I just wanted to flag the extensive Egyptomania woven into 's Edgar Allan Poe-fest 'The Fall of the House of Usher...
31/10/2023

On , I just wanted to flag the extensive Egyptomania woven into 's Edgar Allan Poe-fest 'The Fall of the House of Usher'. I especially enjoyed the references to the 19th Dynasty female pharaoh Tawosret and the sapphires spuriously said to have been used in her mummification... πŸ‘€

We may not have her sapphires but does hold some bright blue faience foundation deposits from Tawosret's west bank Theban temple! πŸ’™

One of the excitements of working with   collections is noticing details that have previously escaped your attention. Th...
27/10/2023

One of the excitements of working with collections is noticing details that have previously escaped your attention. This week, thanks to visiting researcher Martin Odler, I saw these hieroglyphs on a 5000 year old copper adze from Abydos.

Can you make them out...? πŸ‘€

  to last year's   exhibition  & this gloriously painted vignette of the god Re-Horakhti from the Book of the Dead papyr...
26/10/2023

to last year's exhibition & this gloriously painted vignette of the god Re-Horakhti from the Book of the Dead papyrus of Queen Nedjmet, wife of Herihor, from around 1000 BCE.

Checking in this morning on this little chap - the Old Kingdom official Res-hy-nefer from Giza (http://Acc.no. 4171, fro...
23/10/2023

Checking in this morning on this little chap - the Old Kingdom official Res-hy-nefer from Giza (http://Acc.no. 4171, from the excavations led by Flinders Petrie)...

Afternoon obsession: this little-known Late Period votive statuette of a goddess, found near the sacred lake of the temp...
20/10/2023

Afternoon obsession: this little-known Late Period votive statuette of a goddess, found near the sacred lake of the temple of Hathor at Dendera in 1918 and now @ the Egyptian Museum, Cairo 🀩

  to hanging out with some of the 2300 year old sphinxes of the Saqqara Serapeum  🦁
19/10/2023

to hanging out with some of the 2300 year old sphinxes of the Saqqara Serapeum 🦁

I've spent some time this afternoon looking at drawer-full of terracotta heads with visual artist . Human faces never fa...
17/10/2023

I've spent some time this afternoon looking at drawer-full of terracotta heads with visual artist . Human faces never fail to generate discussion!

Here a Graeco-Roman head of a figure of Harpocrates - note the 'sidelock-of-youth'

  to Deir el-Bahri in December. Currently thinking about  's expedition to Punt and how all of her soldiers look like he...
12/10/2023

to Deir el-Bahri in December.

Currently thinking about 's expedition to Punt and how all of her soldiers look like her and Senenmut and all the deities depicted on the temple's walls... πŸ€”

Indulging in a tiny bit of   spotting after a lovely  meeting in London today.'The Son of Re Nakhtnebef', better known a...
09/10/2023

Indulging in a tiny bit of spotting after a lovely meeting in London today.

'The Son of Re Nakhtnebef', better known as Nectanebo I (379-361 BCE)


Next   I'm talking about ... statues! FREE zoom for Egyptian students of  , but all welcome 6pm UK/8pm Egypt πŸ‘‡πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬
08/10/2023

Next I'm talking about ... statues! FREE zoom for Egyptian students of , but all welcome 6pm UK/8pm Egypt πŸ‘‡πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬

Thinking about active/passive, male/female, king/queen binaries - & the female Pharaoh  This small (40cm high) travertin...
05/10/2023

Thinking about active/passive, male/female, king/queen binaries - & the female Pharaoh

This small (40cm high) travertine figure is the only representation of Hatshepsut to survive from the 1000+ stone statues in the Karnak Cachette. Where did the rest of her Karnak sculpture end up?!

CG 42061
https://www.ifao.egnet.net/bases/cachette/ck88

As it gets increasingly dreich β˜” in the UK, a   to the sunny Graeco-Roman temple of Dabod now in   ... β˜€οΈπŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ
05/10/2023

As it gets increasingly dreich β˜” in the UK, a to the sunny Graeco-Roman temple of Dabod now in ... β˜€οΈπŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ

On leave for a few days. I've spent this afternoon in the company of Hatshepsut's obelisks, their texts and my own exper...
03/10/2023

On leave for a few days. I've spent this afternoon in the company of Hatshepsut's obelisks, their texts and my own experiences of visiting them at Karnak. No emails. No phone (well, except now...) - bliss.

On   I'm revisiting my notes on  Ankh-khered-nefer ('Beautiful living child') . The cartouches of Osorkon II (c. 874-850...
01/10/2023

On I'm revisiting my notes on Ankh-khered-nefer ('Beautiful living child') . The cartouches of Osorkon II (c. 874-850 BCE) appear on the upper surface along with a rebus writing of his name - a child ('khered') holding the 'ankh' and 'nefer' signs 😍

Currently a bit obsessed with this 5200 year old gilded wooden male figurine from Tell el-Farkha ('Mound of the Chicken'...
29/09/2023

Currently a bit obsessed with this 5200 year old gilded wooden male figurine from Tell el-Farkha ('Mound of the Chicken') discovered by a Polish-Egyptian mission in the Nile Delta. Who is he? A ruler, a deity, an elite man? He's currently on display
at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Final places available for 's study day on    . Featuring several key objects from  (including this familiar example πŸ¦›πŸ’—)...
28/09/2023

Final places available for 's study day on . Featuring several key objects from (including this familiar example πŸ¦›πŸ’—) will introduce themes of image-making, magic, ritual and warfare.

Saturday 30th September, 09.30-15:30 GMT.

Lectures are recorded for access by participants up to two weeks after the event

https://shorturl.at/cH258

Some more Egyptological highlights from my visit this week . I'm working with curators there to bring some of these fasc...
22/09/2023

Some more Egyptological highlights from my visit this week . I'm working with curators there to bring some of these fascinating objects onto display in new galleries - and learning a thing or two for in future.

A particular highlight for me was this beautiful if fragmentary stela(?) showing Tuthmose III (Men-kheper-re) at the head of a group of ancestral figures being presented with offerings - behind him a female royal, perhaps Ahmose-Nefertari?

Big thanks to Mel & Izzy at Ipswich for hosting me!

Just learnt that the small holes on this Corinthian-style bronze helmet were used to help attach a leather lining to mak...
21/09/2023

Just learnt that the small holes on this Corinthian-style bronze helmet were used to help attach a leather lining to make this form of protection more comfortable for a soldier to wear. Egyptian kings of the 7th Century BCE onwards employed Greek soldiers in their armies.

Finally met Titus Flavius Demetrios  today. An extraordinary 2nd Century CE mask from Hawara, naming the deceased in cle...
20/09/2023

Finally met Titus Flavius Demetrios today. An extraordinary 2nd Century CE mask from Hawara, naming the deceased in clear Greek letters on the rear. Although extensively restored, the original winged headpiece must have been quite something 🀩

A bit late for  , but I've been spending quite a bit of time thinking about this innovative statue of Senenmut (now in E...
18/09/2023

A bit late for , but I've been spending quite a bit of time thinking about this innovative statue of Senenmut (now in Egyptian Museum Cairo, CG 579) - his largest and most loquacious.

This photograph was taken by a tourist visiting the temple of Mut at Karnak shortly after the statues discovery in 1896. The position of the bystanders make the statue seem colossal - in fact it's only a bit over lifesize.

Another highlight of my week was spotting this detailed - if slightly naΓ―ve - 1825 model of the Lateran   of Tuthmose II...
15/09/2023

Another highlight of my week was spotting this detailed - if slightly naΓ―ve - 1825 model of the Lateran of Tuthmose III and IV . The original was shipped to Rome in 357 CE and was placed in the Circus Maximus.

Throwback to studying scenes of the ritual of 'Opening of the Mouth in the Mansion of Gold for a Statue' (hieros circled...
14/09/2023

Throwback to studying scenes of the ritual of 'Opening of the Mouth in the Mansion of Gold for a Statue' (hieros circled) for an image of King Seti I in his tomb in the Valley of the Kings (KV17) - not merely animating but confirming the king's eternally perfect form.

Some very special new acquisitions to my library: just a fraction of the magnum opus of the great Professor Kenneth Kitc...
13/09/2023

Some very special new acquisitions to my library: just a fraction of the magnum opus of the great Professor Kenneth Kitchen, a fellow Scot & alumnus, who patiently collected & published every historical text from the Ramesside Period (c. 1300-1000 BCE).

19th Century copy (in Derbyshire marble) of a 2nd Century bust from Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, showing a two-faced repre...
12/09/2023

19th Century copy (in Derbyshire marble) of a 2nd Century bust from Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, showing a two-faced representation of Osiris-Apis - a likely avatar of his deified lover Antinous.

The original was found damaged in Rome in 1736 and was restored as a female figure - hence the breasts.


2300 year old fragment from a striding statue of a Ptolemaic general called Djedhor "the Lion" 🦁 - a highlight for this ...
12/09/2023

2300 year old fragment from a striding statue of a Ptolemaic general called Djedhor "the Lion" 🦁 - a highlight for this statue-geek of a wonderful day with Rachel Atherton of πŸ€“

Checking out the competition... πŸ‘€ though I'll need to get Spanish friends to help! πŸ˜…πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ
11/09/2023

Checking out the competition... πŸ‘€ though I'll need to get Spanish friends to help! πŸ˜…πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ

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