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ETERNAL EGYPT: MASTERWORKS OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2003 1:17 pm 
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Dear Everyone,

This weekend I had the pleasant experience of going to Chicago, Illinois, manily to see the Eternal Egypt special exhibit at the Field museum. However, I will get to that later :-) The first day we went to to the Oriental Institute, which is on the campus of the Illinois State College. It wasn't very big, but it had a huge amount of objects (Some also huge in size), including two late-period mummies, on pre-dynastic sand-preserved mummy, several mummy masks, many, many steleas, one of Seti I, a copy of the Rosetta stone, two foundation bricks of aye, lots of jewellery, a piece of linen dating back to Hatshepsut's time that was so eccelently preserved it looked like it was from this time, AND, a HUGE, ENORMOUS, 27-foot-tall statue of Tutankhamen. It was AMAZING!!!!!!! It was inscribed with Aye's name, and then written over with Horemheb's name, and it never had Tutankhamen's name on it. But it looks so much like his style of art that experts say that ti was originally Tut's and wasn't finished before his death, so it was userped by his predecessors.

Well, I will have to follow up with a second letter, because I'm at work and my break is over! :-( I'll write more extensively tonight :-)


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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2003 3:50 pm 
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And back to the museum...... There was a LOT of awesome artifacts in the gallery, toomany to talk about in a reasonable amount of time. But some other highlights were a cartouche of Khufu, one of Nefertiti, and one of Hatshepsut. There was also another one that originally said Hatshepsut but that Ramses II userped and superimposed his cartouche over the original.
Oh!!! And there was a piece of the plastered and painted floor of the palace of Akhenaten! A piece of flooring that he and his wife would have actually stepped upon! THAT is a powerful feeling! (There was also a carving of Akhenaten, and something else from around his reign, but I saw so much I don't recall what it was at the moment).

There was also a Persian gallery that was really neat, but this isn't the place to be discussing that, and I don't know that much about it anyways :-)

And that's the end of day one.

The next day we went to the Field Museum, which has a cool Egptian section in its own right, not including the special exhibition, the one I had been waiting for for a year, "ETERNAL EGYPT: MASTERWORKS OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM." We did that first. There was NOBODY at the museum when it opened. Everyone was at the Aquarium a little ways away to see the shark exhibit. So we were the ONLY people in the special exhibit, which was pretty neat. The exhibit held many, many neat objects of all size, ranging from a cat bracelt spacer to an enormous head of Amunhotep III (Which would have belonged to a statue the same size as the King Tutankhamen one we had seen the day previously). In front of that was the famous lion of Amunhotep III, which had the cartouche of Tutankhamen on it. It was enormous! Life size! And the most beautiful red granite I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. It was cool.
There was that head of Thutmose III that you see all the time, the black one where he is wearing the white crown. It's a little bit smaller than life-size and exquisitly carved. And there was a statue of Sennemut holding the daughter of Hatshepsut. It was neat. There were several statues like that, I don't remember what they're called. The ones with the figure with his knees up to his chest with all the hieroglyphics on them. There were at least 5 of those. One was from the reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose. it was interestng because the cartouche of Hatshepsut was removed.

Let's see.... what else was there???? A life-sized black statue of Tutankhamen. it was neat. And two, at least, statues of Sesotris III. I liked those. Hmmm...... What else?? Some jewellery, but not much, and a lot of Ptolemaic things, and a lot of statues of priests. But anyways, that's the highligts of that exhibit. Oh! I almost forgot!! There was a mummy, one from the late period, I think, but I'm not sure. And there was also that mummy mask of the princess from the 12th Dynasty. I don't know if they know what her name was or not. But it was really pretty. And there was that wooden mummy plaque from the roman period, which I'm not really into, but it was my favorite one, the one of the lady with the necklace, and her hair's really dark and put up really pretty, and I think she's wearing a purple dress. Anyways, it's really neat.

THEN we went to the Egyptian area that stays there all the time. They have a reconstruction of the mastaba of the son of Unas (His name is Unas-something). Most of it isn't real, but some of the wall pieces and inscriptions are. it was neat. Then you climb to the top of it, then you go down to the bsement of the museum and see a lot of cool stuff. Theyhave 23 mummies, at least 4 stone sarcophagi, and lots of animal mummies. They had a lot of jewellery in that area, and lot of ointment and makeup jars. What else did they have??? They had a lot of alabaster jars, and a lot of ushabtis.

Well, I have to go again, my ride will be arriving soon and then I can go home! Yippie! I'll writ about anything else I remember and the next day when I return, which may possibly be tomorrow, and may possibly not :-)


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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2003 8:20 pm 
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Okay, back to the museums! We did a lot of otehr things at the Field Museum, but it wasn't Egyptian, so I will not mention it here. If you are interested in the rest of the trip there, please write to me personally.

The third day, a monday, we went to the Art Institute of Chicago, which is supposed to have over 3,000 paintings alone, not including all of the other things. Among the paintings were at least 20 Monets, several Van Gogh's and Picasso's, AND the picture "American Gothic" (You know, the one with the farmer and his wife that you see so often?) Anyways, we get done looking at what we think was everything. And we decide to sit down for a minute and look at the map. There's several little pictures, one for each gallery, showing the highlights of that area. So we look though it, "Yeah, we saw the paintings, we saw the sculptures, we saw the furniture, we saw the armory... Wait a minute! EGYPTIAN AND GREEK GALLERY???? How'd we miss that?" So we go BACK through the museum to find the ancient arts gallery that we had COMPLETELY missed before, to dicover, among other things, thow golden mummy masks, a carving of Cleopatra or another Ptolemaic queen, a statue of Horus as a falcon, AND a mummy that, strangely enough, looked almost exactly like one that is at the art museum of St. Louis, Missouri, which is close to our house. The "coffin" was cartonnage in the shape of a mummy and had bright paintings all over it, never opened, since, of course, this would mess up the cartonnage covering. So that was cool. Then in the Greek area we saw a lot of those black and orange pots with the people on them playing in the Olympics and things.

SO... That was what we saw that was Egyptian, and if any of you are able, I storngly suggest that you visit the Chicago museums, because they are WONDERFUL even if you aren't looking for Egyptian artifacts, and the Eternal Egypt display is making its last stop now, at the Field Museum, before returning to the Briish Museum, so this will be your last chance to see it unless you would like to travel to England (But who wouldn't?)

if you'd like to know more about something I mentioned, please ask! I'd be happy to tell you more!


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Thanks!
PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2003 8:25 pm 
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Oh gosh! You are so lucky! Thanks for sharing that with us! I can only image the ancient artifacts you saw! I would really love to see that statue of King Tut! That pharaoh always keeps me in “awwww!” It’s amazing how such old things can survive time! Thanks for sharing that! :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2003 8:40 pm 
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Oh, no problem. I'm going to set up a website with pictures so everyone can see! But first I have to get a certain computer program so I can download the pictures off thye camera! I don't know how long that will be, but I'll keep ya posted! (And ones that we took with an actual camer, one with film, we just got back from beng developed, but there aren't many Egyptian ones, but I'll scan them and set them up, too).


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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2003 6:35 pm 
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I went to Chicago last summer and I went to the Field Museum (the exibit wasn't there yet) and the Art Institue (sadly I missed the "Pharaoh's of the Sun" exhibit by only two years!) but I hadn't heard of the Oriental Institute. Now I'm mad at myself! You're so lucky! *feels jealous*


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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2003 8:25 pm 
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Yeah, I was in Chicago three years ago, right at the end of the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit (Which, if I may add, was really neat, since I;m interested in Bible-time things, too). A month later the "Pharaohs of the sun" exhibit started! That really stunk.... But oh well. The Oriental institute had something of Akhenaten, so I'm happy :)


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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2003 3:32 pm 
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I wish I lived in the States!!!! :cry:


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2003 7:08 am 
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That is totally awesome that you got to visit a museum and see so many thing's from yesterday! I started drawing picture's back in 1993; out of the blue. So of the picture's took me literally seconds to draw. One I kept showing to people and asking them if they knew who it was. I referred to it as "George Washington's mother", or like "Mount Rushmore Famous". Nobody got it. So, one evening I went to dinner with a gentleman and he said he had been to the Louve in Paris for Christmas. I asked what he liked most there and he said the Mona Lisa and Whistler's mother. WHen he said Whislter the lgiht bulb went on in my head. I couldn't wait to wake up the next morning, go to the library and research. I took several photo copies from the book. If you hold my picture in front of the head shot and hold them both together with the light showing through my picture is in exact proportion. His signature was butterfly's, mine are rose's. He drew warrior's, I drew Warrior's; oour sword's are the same likeness. He made a living etching, I drew and titled a picture titled etching's. I will forward to you.
Hatshepsut


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My dear heart,
PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2003 5:42 pm 
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should you seek the stone
and it's truth's
of which you speak
go to this address:
http://www.crcsite.org/egypt.htm
Hatshepsut


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 10:06 pm 
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OMG! I'm going to Chicago over Spring Break!! I hope those exhibits are still there, or at least something similar!!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 6:42 pm 
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I just came back from seeing a friend in Europe, and my trip took a nice Egytian twist to it:

Paris: The Obleix near Concorde.....beautiful......but sadly, no explaintion was there...you could see the pharoah clearly at the top, so I did some research later, and sure enough, I guessed correctly...Rameses 2 :) and the Louvre had an AMAZING exhibit......I must have spent over 2.5 hours just in thet section.

Amsterdam: There is this great resturaunt called Anubis. The waiters dress in silly Egyptain costumes, there are beautiful heiroglyphs painted on the walls, and the boast they make actual ancient Eyptian food......pricey, but deginatley worth it ( I recommend the shrimp soup)

London: Cleopatra's Needle. Wow. Wow. Wow......this was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. And I felt just great...(sounds silly, I know) peace just looking at it. And then I bought a nice Anhk. :)

SO that was my Eyptian part of my trip. Great fun and many pictures were had


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2004 2:41 pm 
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ohhh, now i wish i had signed up to go on the Europe trip with my school. I really want to see Cleopatras Needle. My sister is going though so ill have to give her a camera and some money for some souveniers for me :D


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2004 4:01 pm 
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This might seem like a stupid question, but what's Cleopatra's Needle?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2004 10:05 pm 
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There are actually TWO Cleoparat's Needles, one in NY and one in London.....I only knew about the one in London til my friend and I were talking about this,,,,,she INSISTED it was in NY......so I looked it up (having just seen the one in LOndon) and fond there were 2

http://members.aol.com/Sokamoto31/obelisk.htm#27list

good site.



The one in London rules like no other. Then again....the sci-fi geek in me used to watch "The Tomorrow People" and the London one was in an episode :)


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