I have been thinking for a while about adding other photos to appear randomly on my site’s image banner. (Just to spruce things up a bit!) In addition to the Predynastic pots from the Petrie Museum, you’ll now see photos of me in action (working on the dig at Dangeil, Sudan) and one of the Meroe pyramids (also in Sudan) during a visit a few years ago (it does not date to my time working there during grad school). There is even one of me in the Cairo Museum about 10 years ago! (I dug that one out of the digital mothballs!) Enjoy!
A quick post to show you what I have been doing today with Mark (the marble guy) and Elizabeth (the student working with him). We spent the day with Hercules down in the bowels of the museum, illuminated by ultraviolet lights. No pigments on him, but under UV you can also see repaired breaks and whatever might be present on the sculpture’s surface (organic material, shellac, etc…).
All this 80s ultraviolet and industrial stuff makes me want to watch Blade Runner!
This one is for Ken O., who believes my systematic catalogue of the Egyptian collection–an outstanding publication, which he read from cover to cover (his words)–deserves as much attention on my blog as the publication of my doctoral dissertation (this catalogue is mentioned in the What is archaeology? chronicle, at the end, in the “collection and exhibition” blurb).
Today, I’m using Ancient Egyptian Art as an excuse to present (a tad earlier than anticipated) a page in the Photo Diary about the Egyptian collection under my care. If you take a look at ARCHÉOblogue, my French-language blog, you’ll see it was published there on May 26. What is posted there eventually ends up being posted here (and vice versa).
Did you know? Today is the birthday of one of Egyptology’s most famous archaeologists: William Matthew Flinders Petrie (1853-1942). Petrie was quite a character and my favourite picture of him is the one where he stands in his pyjamas outside the tomb in which he had set up camp during his survey of the Great Pyramid in 1880.
So, in honour of Petrie’s birthday, I’m giving you a new page in the Photo Diary: a glimpse at the collection of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London.
I have been somewhat busy this last little while, but nonetheless managed to put together a new page for the Photo Diary. It’s on the Museo Egizio in Turin (Italy), the world’s second largest collection of Egyptian art and antiquities. Enjoy this brand new page (it wasn’t on my old site.)
I have added a new page to the Photo Diary. You will find a selection of photos of rather spectacular artefacts from Egyptian collection at the Brooklyn Museum. Just look in the drop-down menu in the Photo Diary to select that museum. Enjoy!
More news were posted on my blog on the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities. Click here to read about my various activities in the last three weeks or so. You’ll find what I have done at the Friends of Greek Art meeting… and more details about the event where the photos below were taken (the pics are courtesy of my colleague Camille Patterson, who happens to be the staff liaison for the Friends of Greek Art).