Face Inlay of the Pharaoh Akhenaten


Egypt, New Kingdom, Amarna Period, Dynasty XVIII, about 1353-1336 BC
Cast, then cold-worked to refine the sculptural quality of the portrait and to create cavities for additional inlays for the eye and eyebrow
Overall H: 4.2 cm, Th: 0.6 cm, Gift of the Ennion Society
Collection of The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY (^^2012.1.2^^)


Polish archaeologists in on the Red Sea port

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Archaeologists studied two thousand years old port infrastructure and a large animal cemetery in Berenice on the Red Sea in Egypt.

"This time during excavations we got lucky. Undoubtedly, this year’s most interesting find is a frame - wooden part of a ship hull from the early Roman period" - told PAP Iwona Zych from the Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw, who leads the research project in cooperation with Prof. Steven E. Sidebotham of the University of Delaware in the United States.

This is the first fully preserved and documented frame from the hull of the ship from this period in Egypt. The find and the place of its discovery leads researchers to believe that the ship was dismantled and its parts stored in the warehouse in the port bay. Read more.

Blind Harper in Tomb of Nakht


From wiki:  During the Middle Kingdom (c. 2040–1640 BCE) blind harpists are depicted on tomb walls. The ancient Egyptians were not exclusively interested in the causes and cures for blindness but also the social care of the individual.”  Wiki source: The history of special education”, Margret A. Winzer”, p. 463, Gallaudet University Press, 1993, ISBN 1-56368-018-1

… The Ancient Egyptians were the first civilisation to display an interest in the causes and cures for disabilities and during some periods blind people are recorded as representing a substantial portion of the poets and musicians in society.  Wiki source:  ”Everybody belongs”, Arthur H. Shapiro, p. 152, Routledge, 2000, ISBN 0-8153-3960-7


Nefertari Meritmut

Nefertari was one of the Great Royal Wifes of pharaoh Rameses II. She is well-know, partly because of her many representations in temple reliefs and colossi, where she is often depicted alongside her husband or the goddess Hathor, and partly becuase of her beautifully decorated tomb in the Valley of the Queens.

I’m pretty happy with the way this drawing turned out - especially Nefertari’s dress (it took me ages to finish!)

I hope you like her! :-)

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Al-Ahram English releases a slideshow of hunger striking prisoners in Egypt:

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The number of political detainees on hunger strike in Egyptian prisons is on the rise. Activist Alaa Abdel Fatah, currently serving 15 years for protesting without permit, has started a hunger strike alongside a number of other detainees in the same case. Alaa was allowed temporarily out of jail to bury his father, and following the funeral, his youngest sister and activist, also imprisoned for breaking a protest law, joined the hunger strike.

Meanwhile, other political detainees have joined in to protest the circumstances of their arrest and treatment. One of the cases, Diaa el-Mahdi from Tanta started his hunger strike for being picked up from a cafe, beaten and accused of belonging to a terrorist group. In addition to those arrested at protests, many detainees were randomly nabbed, with no evidence of involvement in criminal activity. Egyptian-American citizen Mohamed Soltan, who was arrested instead of his father on the 25th of August last year, has been on hunger strike for over 200 days now. Soltan’s health is failing and he has been in and out of hospital on numerous occasions. Soltan had started his strike with Abdallah el-Shamy, an Al Jazeera journalist who was released after going four months without food, and was held with no accusations. Now a Facebook page called “We Are Fed Up” has been set up to monitor and announce the joining of prisoners to the strike. With no other field left to protest in, going on hunger strike has become the only tool in the hands of detained Egyptian activists who find themselves behind bars, with no official accusations and no end in sight to their plight. 

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"Description: The Fouad Debbas Collection is the private collection of one man, Fouad Debbas, who studied engineering and got passionate about gathering images of his past and his region….Landscapes, Portraits of Palestine, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon, and few images of Turkey, Smyrna or Greece….” — from the Fouad Debbas Collection

1. A View of Jerusalem from Mt. Olivet. JERUSALEM [c 1867-c 1914]
2.Groupe de Bédouins, chameliers venant de Palmyre [c 1867-c 1914]. SYRIA, Palmyra.
3. Vue du Caire [c 1867-c 1914]. EGYPT, Cairo.
4. Jerusalem -Mur où les Juifs vont pleurer (Palestine) [c 1867-c 1914]. PALESTINE, Jerusalem.
5. Famille Nubienne [c 1867-c 1914]. NUBIA, Types & Scenes.

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