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Photography: The King Tut Exhibition Part. 4

Since I’ve been working on restoring some of the photos I lost while clearing out the media library on my account I’ve been pondering about the amounts of photos I’ve been uploading for these King Tut posts. Upon reflect of what I thought was a decent amount of photos for each post (15-20) I’m starting to feel like its insufficient in volume. I’m not sure what’s considered a good number, let me know below what you’d considered to be a fair share. So in this post I’m going to try and complete this series of King Tut Exhibition. If there are any stragglers I’ll figure out come way, but for now let’s assume this is the last post for this series and ENJOY!

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(I think) It’s a headrest

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Alabaster “Ungent Vessel”

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Wooden Chair, used by the king. The details of the legs being shaped to look like hounds legs is very cool to me.

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Miniature figures
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Small boat, for the king’s use in the afterlife. (It’s meant to transform into a life size boat)

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Canopic Stopper, view 1

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Canopic Stopper, view 2: apart of the canpoic jars which held the pharaoh’s major organs in 4 separate containers. Intended to resemble the buried pharaoh, there are alternative theories which believe this bust were meant for another royal burial, but allocated because of the abrupt nature of this young kings death.

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One of the four miniature sarcophagi from the canopic vases.

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Statue of Soped

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One of two ear rings

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Wooden Chest

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Image above: Golden Flabellum, ceremonial fan used to provide the pharaoh with shade and a breeze for a relief from Egypt’s arid desert.

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Golden Finger/Toe Stalls: wore by the deceased pharaoh as a way to protect them from mortality and decay. Gold never tarnishes, so it was used to represent the immortal flesh of the gods. (which is what the pharaoh’s believed themselves to be)

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Golden Sandals: The pair which were originally found on the body on King tut in his coffin. Written beneath the sandals would be a prayer for all pharaoh’s essentially saying “may he trample/walk over all enemies he may come across”

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Burial amulets: found within the linen folds of King Tut’s linen wraps.

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Gold necklace with scarab details

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Emblem of Anubis

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Golden necklace and amulets: buried within King Tut’s coffin on his body wrapped within the linens. These treasures were meant to help identify the pharaoh in the afterlife of his significance. Amulets apart of the mix used as protection for the young king.

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An important part of a pharaoh’s burial was the glyph’s dictating the burial ceremony from the book of the dead. The above image is after all the proper mummification  of the body has occurred, but before the Opening of the Mouth Ceremony. That act is usually done by his heir, but because of his youth and no apparent heir the position was filled in by his highest ranking official; the Vizier. Many archaeologist have debated whether or not he was behind the death of the young pharaoh.

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Above Image: other various images on the walls on Tut’s tomb also depict his everyday life or acts he’s done in his time.

I truly love ancient Egyptian history and all the mystery it holds. I was really close to switching majors over to anthropology because of my studies in school in regards to Egyptian hieroglyphics. I was even accepted into  the summer program my professor runs over in Egypt, a archaeological dig at an oasis on the outskirts of Cairo where the Nile delta had previously ran through. Unfortunately that same year Egypt was going through some major political unrest and rioting in the city center with females being targeted for no unjustly reason. The field project was narrowed down to essential bodies only, safety concerns were always present, and he even hired a private militia to guard the worker’s house at night and dig sites during the day. I was gutted.

Upon inspection of my photos I’ve decided I’ve got the skill level of a busy family dad whose trying to juggle the baby in the carrier, one in the stroller with and ice cream cone melting all over their fingers, and another one tugging his hand trying to get smallest bit of attention. So I take as many photos possible with varying angle degrees in hopes one of them will work. Thank god for digital camera sometimes. Going to work on this skill, for nothing less than pure satisfaction of elevating my photography skills.


Photography: King Tut Exhibition Pt.3

Now Entering King Tut’s tomb…

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Entering the “Chamber”… Hi Dad

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“What do you see?” “Wonderful things.” not the exact moment those sentiments were spoken, but image reminds of it.

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“Magic Chalice”- Alabaster oil lamp
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Same couch from the image behind it, resting on top of the cheetah bed

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Golden Leopard Head
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Alabaster vase or perfume flask
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The Ankh is a representation of life, so it’s cool to look at this piece and thing life is reaching out for you.

It’s actually an Ankh candle holder. Discovered by the Anubis shrine along with four others in similar fashion, with glyphs’ dictating a spell to “repel the enemy of Osiris in whatever form he may come.”

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Cartouche box
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ceremonial jewelry

more still to come…

random update: I’ve noticed some of my featured images and others that I’ve used in previous posts have gone. I did a clear out of my media library, just to de-clutter, and that must caused this issue. I’ll work on fixing this issue over the week. Sorry for the lack luster posts at this time. This will be fixed! 

Photography: King Tut Exhibit Pt.2

Did anyone else see that article talking about King tut’s golden mask being destroyed?? May sound dramatic, but that’s how it feels to me. I cannot even wrap around my head just how messed up this whole situation has come about. Not going through proper procedure to have this braided beard reattached… not only did they use an epoxy glue which you can clearly see by the gap that now exists between the beard and chin, but the scratched markings from trying to do who knows what! It crushes me that such a historical piece of art would be treated so carelessly by the museums own employees! I’ll link an article that can better word what has occurred because I know I’m way too bias on this topic to speak about it without getting angry.

I honestly think there should be some sort of punishment. To who and what, I don't know.
I honestly think there should be some sort of punishment. To whom and what, I don’t know.

Anyways, I’ll continue with more images of the Exhibit now. Enjoy!

Bring on the Jewels
Bring on the Jewels
close up of scarab necklace
close up of scarab necklace
pectoral necklace with scarab
pectoral necklace with scarab

Falcon collar of Princess Neferuptah
Falcon collar of Princess Neferuptah
Alternate view of Psusennes I mask
Alternate view of Psusennes I mask
Gold Funerary mask of Psusennes I
Gold Funerary mask of Psusennes I
Close up of necklace piece
Close up of necklace piece
Some fancy goblet and pitcher
Some fancy goblet and pitcher
Gold Necklace
Gold Necklace
Inner Coffin of Queen Meritamun
Inner Coffin of Queen Meritamun
Inner Coffin of Queen Meritamun
Inner Coffin of Queen Meritamun

Just so I feel a little better about these images, I think I’ll blame the spotlights over the artifacts for the reason why my pictures aren’t as focused as they should be.

Fun Fact: Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs have no vowels in their alphabet, so when your reading or writing their scripture there is a lot of freedom in terms of how hieroglyphs can sound phonetically because it’s a personal choice of which vowel one may feel comfortable using.

Photography: The King Tut Exhibit Pt.1

I’m not claiming to be a pro-photographer or that I even do it as a hobby. I pull out my camera only a few times a year because it’s a big DSL Nikon that has many pieces to it and I can’t bother yet to look for some random 2-3 hour “intro to photography” class in town that could teach me some thrifty tricks that would make photography a more frequent habit. For now it’s just a few times a year and I’ll take a ridiculous sum of pictures .

I was lucky enough to see this Exhibit when it arrived in Seattle, I love ancient Egyptian history. Love it so much I took a hieroglyphics course in uni for 3 years (one class per semester) and had the professor create a course just so I could continue learning about it for my last year. Back to the point; I have these photos hidden away on an external hard drive that makes it tedious to take out and look at, so I figured I’ll create a post so its more accessible not only to me but anyone else who doesn’t mind staring at art pieces trying to figure out for what purposes each one was created and what kind of society it must have been like to live in where these god like figures were worshiped and catered to. Enjoy

King Tut’s dad
Massive Statue of Tut.
Blurry: Info regarding statue
King Khafre

Statue of Senenmut and Princess Nefrure
Statue of S and N from another view
Pharaoh of Middle Kingdom
Statue of Sobekhotep
Head from a Sphinx of Shahaga

Relief fragments with Dignitaries and Scribes
Statue of Ramessesnakht

Canopic jar

Sarcophagus for Cat
Elaborate box

Kneeling statue of Ramessesnakht

Relief of Horemheb

p.s: I should point out, not all of these artifacts were actually from King Tut’s tomb. There were various rooms categorized by time periods. Along the tour you do enter an area of the museum which was strictly Tut’s stuff. As I go through all my photos I now realize I’ll have to break this into parts, how many I’m not sure yet. I took over 400 photos that day.

Fun Fact: Ancient Egyptians never went on far distance expeditions or conquests because it was their belief that should you die outside of Egypt you’d never pass on to the afterlife they so heavily practiced. That’s why many of their battles were in neighboring countries, because they were more interested in plundering their resources to being back to Egypt rather than conquering and ruling foreign lands.