“…as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold - everywhere the glint of gold. For the moment - an eternity it must have seemed to the others standing by - I was struck dumb with amazement, and when Lord Carnarvon, unable to stand the suspense any longer, inquired anxiously, ‘Can you see anything?’ it was all I could do to get out the words: Yes, wonderful things.”
A pectoral with three scarab beetles clasped to a necklace (partly shown) which was discovered from the intact KV62 tomb of Tutankhamun. This jewellry depicts Scrab Beetles or Khepri, pushing the sun. It is one of the treasures found from Tutankhamun’s tomb who ruled during the 18th dynasty of Egypt’s New Kingdom.
Mummy of boy king Tutankhamun to remain in Valley of the Kings
After much debate, the decision has been reached not to move the mummy of the boy king Tutankhamun to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The mummy will remain in the Valley of the Kings on the Nile’s west bank near Luxor.
Antiquities minister Mamdouh Eldamaty told Ahram Online that after technical discussions and a prolonged study the ministry has decided to keep the mummy inside the tomb, not in its current location at the tomb’s entrance hall, but in a side chamber.
This chamber, Eldamaty explained, will be restored by the Getty Foundation, and a new lighting set-up will lend a mysterious atmosphere to the mummy’s new home. Read more.
This colossal figure with features of a young man may have stood in Tutankhamun’s mortuary temple. After his early death, Ay appropriated the statue and carved his name on the front belt. Horemheb, in turn, took it over for his use and reinscribed the belt with his name. The large amount of surviving paint provides a hint of its original vivid colors.
Thebes, Funerary Temple of Ay and Horemheb. New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, Reigns of Tutankhamun, Ay, and Horemheb (1355 - 1315 BCE).
The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University
I wanted to feature this piece for a few reasons. Firstly, because it’s gorgeous. Secondly, because it’s obvious these captives are neither bent nor broken-their golden robes, beautiful hairstyles and jewelry demonstrates that they represent valuable and high-ranking captives of conquest.
Another reason I wanted to feature this piece is because it is one of the amazing artworks that Egypt has managed to retain as one of its national treasures. One merely needs to Google “British Museum refuses to return…” to get hundreds of articles detailing how the British ransacked the treasures of the world and will not let them go. Among the most hotly contested objects are the Parthenon Marbles, a.k.a. the Elgin Marbles. If you’re curious as to the downright vicious levels of vitriol involved in Britain’s refusal to return these works to their country of origin, just read a few lines of this article by Ricard Dorment:
So here are a few ideas for the Greeks: first, why not erect a statue of Lord Elgin near the Parthenon to express their nation’s gratitude to him for saving the marbles?[…] Second, instead of whining about events that happened more than two centuries ago, perhaps the Greek ambassador should formally thank Britain for displaying the marbles in those beautiful galleries at the British Museum, where 4.6 million visitors a year from all over the world can view them free of charge.
As for Egyptian artifacts, well. There is even less chance that the British Museum will ever returns any of those, many of which were outright stolen.
Including The Rosetta Stone. Other Egyptian artifacts being held by European Museums include the famous Bust of Nefertiti (Berlin Museum), bits of various tombs illegally chipped off and being held at various European museums, 3200-year-old golden burial masks, and much, much more.