Tuesday, 18 February 2014

National Archaeological Museum - Athens Day 3 - I would have walked like an Egyptian through this gallery...

if I could have managed it!
 A bronze doe from Akarnania - 450 - 425 BC

Funerary stela with representation of the deceased Khenit and her son Kai, limestone.

 Scarabs symbolized rebirth and were popular objects for the living and the dead. The living used scarabs as seals, amulets or rings. Those scarabs bore blessings, symbols of fortune and fertility, figures of deities, the names and titles of their owners, or even roayl names depicted or inscribed on the flat reverse. Scarabs were the most popular funerary jewellery, as they offered hope for justice during the weighing of the heart ceremony and of resurrection.

Mummy case of Djed-Aset-Ansankh, chantress of the god Amun.

Wooden jackal-headed ushabti.

 Wooden funerary stelae of the priest Hor and of Taperet and Hany, chantresses of the god Amun, worshipping the god Re-Horakhty.

Copper alloy statuette of Horus.

 Copper alloy votive statue of a cat, sacred animal of the goddess Bastet.

 Cartonage with the mummy of Nespakashouty, overseer hymnist and priest at the temple of the god Min in the city of Akhmim.

 Wooden ornaments of an outer sarcophagus depicting the god Anubis in jackal form.

Wooden figurines of the triad Ptah Sokar Osiris. Characteristic funerary offerings of the Late and Ptolemaic periods. During the New Kingdom they were used as cases for papyri of the Book of the Dead. During the Late period, a small mummy made of barley, symbol of resurrection was inside a cavity decorated with a hawk and symbolic tomb of Osiris on the base.

Wooden ornaments of an outer sarcophagus or  canopic box depicting the Ba bird, symbol of the deceased's soul.

 Wooden animal shaped sarcophagi for baboon and cat mummies and a copper alloy sarcophagus of a cat.

Copper alloy statuette of the god Sarapis Amun Agathodaemon. One of the rare preserved statues of this deity.

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