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