Taffeh temple and more ancient Egypt


Merit and Maya statues

Today, to the museum for a guided tour on ancient Egypt.

Diteke, our guide, has a BA in Egyptology and is now studying museology.

She is studying Egyptian amulets in the museum collection.

She had a bracelet with hieroglyphs on.

This was her first time ever as a guide.

We began at the biggest object of the museum, the Taffeh temple in the central hall.

Though nearly five metres high, this temple of the goddess Isis is not big for an Egyptian temple.

Only priests and priestesses were allowed to enter the temple.

However, a lay person, standing in the doorway could see the statue of Isis in the twilight in her niche, this being a small temple.

The temple was built of local southern Egyptian sandstone.

In the Egyptian section of the museum, there is a model of the pyramids of Abusir.

On building pyramids: here.

We also saw the mastaba of Hetep-Her-Akhti, a tomb chapel in the museum from the old kingdom.

And the statues of Maya, finance secretary of king Tutankhamen, and his wife, the priestess Merit.

According to Diteke, these statues show the influence of the views of Tutankhamen’s predecessor Akhenaten, when art became more realistic, showing also bodily imperfections.

Tutankhamen was succeeded as pharaoh by Horemheb.

He had originally been a general, and had built a general’s grave then, later abandoned.

Parts of that grave are now divided over fifteen museums, including here.

Tutankhamen exhibition commercialized, here.

Statue of Queen Ti, mother of Akhenaten, found: here.

Pyramids of Sudan: here.

The Nubian kingdom of Kush: here.

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