Sunday, 27 March 2011
Amenhotep III gets his beard back (edited)
Mansour Boraik announced that on 25th March the famous red granite head of Amenhotep III which was on display in Luxor Museum was reunited with its beard. This had been located in the Metropolitan Museum (previously I said in New York for over 40 years and generously returned to Egypt. which was completely WRONG. It was in the Metropolitan STORAGE rooms in Luxor, totally my mistake sorry) The completed statue is now on display in Luxor Museum.
Luxor Museum has many famous exhibits is well worth a visit, with a better layout, climate control and labeling than the Cairo Museum. Some of its more famous exhibits
• Tutankhamen’s chariot which has been reassembled
• the rosettes that were on the linen pall that covered Tutankhamen’s sarcophagus
• a bust of Hathor from the tomb of Tutankhamen, that greets visitors in the entrance to the museum
• a wall of resembled talata, the small blocks used by Akhenaton to build temples quickly and easily
• wooden models of boats
• a statue of Hatshepsut as a woman
• the mummies of the founders of the 18th and 19th dynasties
• the golden flies awarded in battle similar to medals
• a lovely gold and silver axe belonging to a queen!
• and much, much more