In June 1983, 24 year old Madonna was rising on the club charts with singles Everybody and Burning Up. Photographer Richard Corman captured pre-fame Madonna at home one month before the release of her debut album. At the time she was living on East 4th Street between Avenue A and B.
French archaeologist Maurice Pillet found and restored this Sakhmet statue in Temple A in the 1920s. Unfortunately, the restoration failed and the statue has been lying broken for decades (top). This season we decided at least to move it onto a platform to get its parts out of the dirt. Even half a Sakhmet is too heavy to be moved without help, so we brought in the siba (tripod and winch) to get the statue pieces up onto the platform.
Here it is after the move was completed. The base is lying on its side (left) and what’s left of the torso is on the right. We hope to restore the statue in a future season.
Jaap van Dijk left the dig on Monday, but before going he and I had a chance to examine the newly revealed left side of the statue. Unlike the right side, the text on the left is completely preserved. It is the standard formula of the king being beloved of a form of Sakhmet, (in this case “Sakhmet-Bastet, Mistress of her Fields”), but has never been noted or published before this.
Mary and I have spent most of this week working on the Sakhmet statues. We have been making careful measurements of each statue and noting relevant details of decoration, style, etc. The work, while very time-consuming (there are over 250 statues), is essential for us to be able to publish them properly.
The air was crystal clear at 6:30 on Thursday morning, giving us a fine view of this village across the river in the Theban hills. It is mornings like this that remind us how lucky we are to be able to work here even for a short season. Work finishes up on Monday, so this will probably be the last post this year.
“I am wearing my Champion sweatpants, my American Apparel halter bodysuit and a thrifted scarf. My style is inspired by sci-fi films, anime, 90s hip hop and R&B, banjie cunt realness and my mother. The clothes have to speak to me when I see them and when I try them on, they have to make me feel something. Something I always look for is, can this outfit be my “cartoon character outfit” because in cartoons they always wear the same thing, so I want the outfit to be able to represent me. But at the same time I’m still figuring out who I am as a person and I think fashion is one of the best ways to not only express yourself but find yourself.”
Another low key and super basic look that I threw together in about 3 minutes. If you follow my blog you already know that an all black look is my go to “when in doubt wear”. It’s slimming, goes with just about everything and it gives you instant attitude. It’s always a look.
I paired this simple black t shirt dress with some fishnet tights and I love how the boyish silhouette contrasts so perfectly with these sexy like stockings. Boots because attitude and this bougie back pack to bring more tomboy glam + gold/red hoops and my DIY belt choker for even more of that tomboy glamour cause it’s my jam!
T Shirt Dress - Thrifted
Fishnets - Thrifted (brand new in packaging)
SI Windbreaker - Thrifted
Faux Leather Boots - H&M
Faux Leather Back Pack
Sunnies - Thrifted