Dear Readers: As promised, to celebrate the great night the Tea Party had this past week, I am doing an Egyptology news round-up. I mean to add a few more ancient Egypt oriented posts to the mix this year, though I sense that the political news is going to be awfully interesting for the rest of this year. However, bloggers can not live by current events alone!
The first item is Egyptological – Explore Ancient Egypt: Online Magazine. It looks like a fascinating round-up of articles of interest to truly devoted Egyptophiles. A good example of their material is an analysis of lion deities, as I am fond of cats as well as Egypt.
All Ancient Egyptian lion deities share the same basic attributes. Capable of great rage and great kindness, some are associated very closely with the Eye of Ra and all were considered to be important guardians of the dead, fierce and nurturing protectors.
Of all the leonine deities the most elusive is Henut-Mestjet, or Mestjet. There is only one known depiction of her, on a stela from the north Abydos necropolis and now in the Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire in Brussels (Belgium), accession number E.6251. It dates to the 21st Dynasty (Third Intermediate Period).
The stela is simple and is by no means one of the finest to come from Abydos, but it has a certain charm to it. The carving of the figures seems finer than that of the hieroglyphs, and the figure of Henut-Mestjet herself, with her finely drawn face and detail of the mane surrounding her face, is very attractive. It was clearly beautifully coloured, with rich shades used to depict skin and clothing.
Another find is the Egyptology News Network, which posted this article: Attempt to steal Pharaonic artifact in Aswan foiled
Archaeologists and guards at Gabal Al-Silsila archaeological site, 20 kilometres north of Kom Ombo city in Aswan, succeeded in catching a group of thieves who in full view had tried to remove from its original position on the wall of his chapel.
Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim said the theft attempt was discovered late last night when permanent archaeologists at the site realised that four people were in front of King Meneptah’s stelae trying to hack it off the wall with an axe and digging tools. With the help of guards, archaeologists surrounded the criminals and caught them red handed. The Tourism and Antiquities Police came and took the criminals into custody.
Abdel Moneim Saeed, director of Kom Ombo site, said an early inspection of the stelae revealed that it had been partly damaged by the hard tools used in the theft attempt, especially its lower part which is now dotted with holes. But he assures the damage can be restored and the stelae returned to its original condition.
(MORE ON PHARAOH MERENPTAH CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING HERE).
If you want a more interactive experience, check out the Egyptian Dreams Forum. It looks like there are lively and serious discussions — and they will not allow topics such as Reincarnation, Spacemen, Fringe Theories, At-lantis, etc… Gotta love that.
My friend and fellow SLOB, Word Warrior, has been trying to persuade me to expand my historical interests a bit. He faces a real challenge there. However, I have been following his absolutely incomparable series posted in his military history blog on the Age of Arthur (part 11 was is now up). I have learned tons, and urge anyone who loves history to check it out.
But don’t forget to give ancient Egypt a little love, and come back soon!