This video is about Egyptian animal mummies.
Today, to the museum of antiquities, where there is an animal mummies exhibition.
In ancient Egypt, various animals played a role in people’s lives, including in religion.
Just after leaving for the museum, I see a non mummified, still very much alive animal: a holly blue butterfly.
The museum has not only the animal mummy special exhibition, but also animals depicted in paint, sculpture, amulets, etc. in its permanent collection. I decide to look at these today and to come back for the mummy exhibition on some later day.
The first room in the permanent Egyptian exhibition is about prehistoric and early dynastic times.
One of the objects there is a Neolithic pot, with ostriches painted on it. That is special, according to the museum, as ostriches disappeared from Egypt about 5,000 years ago.
In the next room, about the Old Kingdom, many animals are depicted in the mastaba of Hetepherachet there.
Also from Old Kingdom times, a coiled snake, as a board for the mehen game.
After the Old Kingdom and the Middle Kingdom, the Asian Hyksos invaders ruled Egypt. From their epoch, fish-shaped and goose-shaped vases.
The Hyksos brought horses to Egypt for the first time. These were depicted in the tomb for General Horemheb. The Egyptian sculptors still were not really used to depicting these new animals then.
From the times of Pharaoh Tutankhamen, animal pictures from the tomb of Paatenemheb.
From a bit earlier New Kingdom times, the grave of the offiicial Merymery, also with many animal pictures.
Lecture on animals in ancient Egypt: here.
Duikers in ancient Egypt: here.
Mummified Puppy Found in Egyptian Tomb: here.
Sun Apr 12, 9:48 am ET
CAIRO (AFP) – Archaeologists working in an Egyptian oasis have found a necropolis containing dozens of brightly painted mummies dating back as far as 4,000 years, the country’s antiquities chief said on Sunday.
“The mission found dozens of mummies in 53 rock-hewn tombs dating to the Middle Kingdom” from 2061-1786 BC, Zahi Hawass told AFP.
“Four of the mummies date back to the 22nd Dynasty (931 to 725 BC) and are considered some of the most beautiful mummies found,” he said.
The linen-wrapped mummies are painted in the still-bright traditional ancient Egyptian colours of turquoise, terracotta and gold.
The necropolis was uncovered near the Ilahun pyramid in Fayoum oasis south of Cairo.
Abdel-Rahman el-Ayedi, who headed the mission, said that a Middle Kingdom funerary chapel with an offering table was also found, and that it was probably used up to the Roman era which lasted from 30 BC to 337 AD.
The team also found 15 painted masks, along with amulets and clay pots, Hawass said.
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