First half of Dynasty 12 ca. 1981-1884 B.C.
From the New Kingdom to the Roman Period
I might not be able to use my time to "live" in the Met for as long as I thought with the immediate move to London in January. But, still I will use my time and enjoy the art slowly, if I don´t get to see everything in depth... I will just have to continue in London with the abundance of art one can find there!
I had to first go back to the beloved Hippo "William" that somehow I did not notice on my first adventure into the old Kingdom. How I could miss out on this beauty I have no idea. It is turning into one of my favorites as well. The Hippo was seen as one of the most dangerous animals in the Nile Valley but it also was considered a magical protector against evil. There are lotuses painted on its body to bring out its rejuvenating forces.
Temple of Dendur
The Temple of Dendur is jaw dropping. It must be experienced. A Met Sanctuary.
Four Statues of the Goddess Sakhmet
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, ca. 1390-1352 B.C.
reign of Amenhotep III
Look at these statues, don´t they have a strong dominance over you. A power that you could not have strength to stand up to? The Goddess Sakhmet represents the force of violence, unexpected disaster and illness. She is also thought of as the daughter of the sun god Re.
Head of Tutankhamun (1336-1327 B.C)
The boyish gentle features in this statue represents the head of Tutankhamon, probably from the beginning of his reign. At the Egyptian Museum in Cairo is the Mask of Tutankhamun's mummy. Probably one of the most famous ancient icons.
From the Tomb of Sennedjem
Dynasty 19 early in the reign of Ramesses II
(ca. 1304-1237 B.C.)
(664 - 525 B.C.)
Now these are incredibly interesting. The Canupic Jars was filled with the organs that got removed during the process of the mummification. The organs were then placed under the protection of the Four Sons of Horus. Hapy (baboon-headed), Imsety (human-headed), Duamutef (jackal-headed) and Kebehsenuef (falcon-headed).
Silver Statuette of a Woman
Dynasty 26, reign of Necho II
Silver was not common in ancient Egypt, much rarer than gold and at times maybe more valuable. This statuette is therefore rare also in its size and very modern, I think.
The Meternich Stela
Dynasty 30, 360-342 B.C.
A stela can be a different kinds of monuments like a tombstone. This one seems to show how to take control against poison and illness. Look how infant Horus is holding dangerous beasts and also standing on crocodiles.
Jewelry from about 1st. Century B.C. to 1st Century A.D.
With woven fertility patterns.
Mask of a Woman with a large Coil of Plaited Hair
Reign of Hadrian A.D. 117 -138
The Egyptian Golden age ended with the reign of Cleopatra, but not much shown about that at the Metropolitan unfortunately. Roman power and influence took over, and the last mask here is of the Roman Empress Sabina, wife of Hadrian.
I will write about the further adventure into the Roman Empire and the Grecian Art at the Met later.