Fayum Mummy Portraits, dating from around 30 BC to the mid 3rd century AD.
The portrait heads were attached to Egyptian mummies of the Roman period, covering the faces of the deceased In the top pictures, you can see now they were bound to the mummy. Dating from the time of the Roman occupation of Egypt, they are closest to Graeco-Roman artistic traditions. Around 900 are known to survive and they are some of the only surviving evidence of Classical panel painting traditions. Due to their burial in hot, dry conditions with the bodies, many have survived in excellent condition.
The term Fayum comes from an area of graveyards (necropoli) where they were found in large numbers, buried in communal catacombs.
Painted on wooden board (and sometimes on cloth), either in encaustic (wax) or egg tempera.
Nut - Goddess of the sky, she symbolizes the firmament and is considered as the mother of all celestial objects. She is the mother of Isis, Osiris, Seth, Nephtys and according to some versions, Horus and the daughter of Shu, personnification of air and Tefnut, goddess of moisture, moist air, dew and rain.
Even today, a significant number of mainstream Egyptologists, anthropologists, historians and Hollywood moviemakers continue to deny African people’s role in humankind’s first and greatest civilization in ancient Egypt.
This whitewashing of history negatively impacts Black people and our image in the world. There remains a vital need to correct the misinformation of our achievements in antiquity.
Melanin is the chemical responsible for skin pigmentation. It’s preserved in fossils for millions of years.
Melanin tests on Egyptian mummies reveal melanin levels only present in Black people.
Modern Egyptians have the blood type B which is the primary blood type of Western Africa. Invaders of ancient Egypt intermixed with the local people who most likely had blood type B.
The white European blood is primarily type A.
Ancient Egyptians only used one term to designate themselves. The term “KMT” literally translates to “the Blacks”.
Cultural commonalities existed between Ethiopians, Egyptians, Colchians, and people of the Southern Levant in practices such as matriarchy, totemism, divine kinship, and cosmology.
Early Latin eyewitnesses described the ancient Egyptians as black-skinned with wooly hair. The historian Herodotus wrote that the natives of the Nile region are “black with heat.”
Aeschylus, a Greek poet, wrote that Egyptian seaman had “black limbs.”
DNATribes, a genomics company, analyzed the DNA in mummies of Pharaoh Tutankhamen and his family. They revealed the closest living relatives of the mummies are sub-Saharan Africans.
The first usage of “amen,” the word which all Jews, Christians, and Muslims use, was in ancient Egypt. They would invoke Amun, one of the greatest of Egyptian gods, with the phrase “by Amun!”
In Hebrew, some linguists think the word came to mean “so be it.” Other linguists believe it derived from the Hebrew word “aman” which is a primitive root of the word “to be firm, confirmed, or believe.” In any case the word “amen” is in the Hebrew scriptures in multiple grammatical contexts. It was a firmly entrenched linguistic element by the time the Hebrew scriptures were being written down. From there, it entered Christian and Muslim lexicons.