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

6 comments:

eunice.suthers said...

i have visited cairo museum & luxur must say luxur is new & therefore makes for a more pleasant visit cairo is noisy but mysterious love them both

tim said...

Hi Jane

You seem to be showing an in situ photo of the head being discovered? Why did it take 40 years to reunite the head with the beard especially since the head has been on display for years?

Peace

Vivien said...

I watched them fixing it on the head last week. I have doubts about whether it really belongs to this head.

punktum komma said...

hello
i was wondering if you knew why it is so difficult finding and image of this amazing sculpture from the side?

punktum komma said...

hello
i was wondering if you knew why it is so difficult finding and image of this amazing sculpture from the side?

Jane Akshar said...

If you contact the SCA they wouyld be able to tell you where it has been published