Medjed: Big in Japan

Today, as I read the Egyptologists’ Electronic Forum (EEF) News, an odd little thing caught my eye and had me howling with laughter at work. (Luckily the others who have an office near mine were all on vacation…)  There was a link to an article about a rather obscure Egyptian deity called Medjed and the reaction of the Japanese public when they saw this rather peculiar god back in 2012 in an exhibition of Egyptian art from the British Museum… and how it developed over the last few years.

I have to agree with the Japanese, though, Medjed is absolutely adorable.  Imagine an ancient Egyptian wearing a ghost costume for Halloween. That’s what Medjed looks like. You don’t believe me? Check out the article: The Obscure Egyptian God and His Bizarre Afterlife on the Japanese Internet. Like I said, hysterically funny! Only in Japan, I tell you. Only in Japan. Sayonara!

Tokyo National Museum (Tokyo)

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There is a small collection of Egyptian artefacts at the Tokyo National Museum. I stumbled  upon them quite by accident during a three-day of vacation in Tokyo, after couriering a work of art in Japan last summer. I’m sharing this with you today. Just look in the Photo Diary.

Façade of the main building of the Tokyo National Museum.

Façade of the main building of the Tokyo National Museum.