El Bagawat is an ancient Christian cemetery, one of the oldest in the world, which functioned at Kharga Oasis in southern Egypt from the 3rd-7th century AD. It’s one of the earliest, best preserved Christian cemeteries from the ancient world. Before Christianity was introduced into Egypt, it was already a burial ground. The chapels here are said to belong to both eras. Coptic frescoes of the 3rd-7th century are found on the walls. They’re made of mud bricks and have etchings of biblical stories, saints, and “personifications of virtues”. There are paintings showing Noah’s ark in form of an “Egyptian barque”. Also notable are carved representations of Old Testament scriptures, incl. Adam and Eve, Daniel in the lion’s den, the sacrifice of Abraham, and Jonah swallowed by a fish.


A solid gold statuette of Amenhotep III, suspended from a gold chain, found in the Tomb of Tutankhamun

This is the original description of the statuette:

Beside the third coffin (320, B), also wrapped in a piece of linen, a solid gold statuette of the King Amenhetep III, suspended upon a gold chain ending with linen cords having each a tassel.

Around the neck of this squatting gold figure, a minute bead necklace, the string of which decayed.

The figure squats upon a thin gold pedestal; wears the <> crown, with uraeus; no collar; holds in the right hand the crozier-sceptre and flagellum, the arm flexed; the left hand upon his knee; wears the shendyt-garment with sporran in front; body, arms, and lower part of legs bare; has a suspension loop at the back of the neck.

Max. H. 5.4 cents. L. of suspension chain 54 cents, and 3 m/ms in diam., end in linen tasselled cords for fastening at the back of the neck.

Photo one is by Harry Burton, and shows the statuette alongside the small coffin it was found in.

Photos two and three are also by Burton, and shows the statuette on its’ own, from two different sides.

Photo three is a modern one, showing the statuette in colour.

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