Relics of rulers - Melody mitchell 

This galley includes relics and remembrances of the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt by exploring sculptures, tablets, replicas, and other mediums used by the Egyptians in their day. In that time, Pharaohs were considered gods and were treated with respect their position demanded.  Their processions along with their relics are special and deserved to be treated with care. Join us as we discover the world of ancient Egypt!

A clay tablet that was sent to the pharaoh, Amenhotep IV, from the king of Babylon. The king is inquiring as to why the pharaoh was friendlier with his father, the late king, than he is with him. The tablet was well preserved and is in excellent condition. The wording on the tablet is precise and written very carefully with great attention to detail.
This is a replica of Tutankhamen’s throne made from wood and covered in gold. The throne is sturdy and has feet above the legs of the chair. Below the armrest, where the legs start on both sides, is a carved head of a lion. Animals of differing body parts represented gods in Egypt. Thus, the animals on his throne were making the claim that the gods had given him the right to rule.
Thought to be the head of a statue of Amenhotep III, one can only assume that it was erected in his honor. Thus, he would have been alive to have celebrated it or deceased and honored by it. Either way, this statue pays homage to the life he lived and the people he ruled. One of the things that is odd about this statue is his facial features, pharaohs were said to represent the gods. Thus, they usually had chiseled jaws and smooth features, however, he appears to be a little overweight with soft features.
The Abbott Papyrus was a report detailing how robberies had been occurring in tombs. This took place during the reign of Ramensses IX and would have affected him considering some of the places robbed would have been his ancestors. The papyrus is slightly decayed and yellowed but is still clearly discernable. Truly amazing, that it has been preserved for so long.
This block belonged to the tomb of Khafre but was instead found at the front of a temple. This relates to the pharaoh as it would have been taken directly from his tomb or never placed in it to begin with. The block has a symbol of a bird with some sort of line above it and three lines beneath it. The rock is worn and fairly smooth with various small indentions throughout. It is of mixed grey, white, and red colors.
This statue was created during the reign of Tutankhamen and displayed him as the ruler he was. The statue is regal, noble, and divine; leagues above the common man. His face is completely smooth and his facial features are sharp and clearly defined. On top of his head rest the double red crown, signifying the unity of upper and lower Egypt.
The golden cobra was a vital part of a pharaoh’s life; he/she would wear it on his forehead for protection and as a sign of his right to rule. The crown on the cobra’s head stands for the Red Crown of Lower Egypt and signifies the kingdom that the pharaoh represents. In the statue, the snake is fully puffed up signifying it is alert and detecting immediate danger. Thus, is it fully prepared to protect the king.
Under Nectanebo I, many temples were created and obelisks were placed therein to please their god. This one is very well preserved and its hieroglyphics are still discernable. One of the things that make obelisks interesting are their lines, they are literally pointing upwards toward the solar system that they worshipped. This is an example of leading lines and shows how viewers can be manipulated to look where the artist decides they should look.
This is a statue of Ramses II; it was dedicated in his honor to the Temple of Khnum. Chiseled from granite and weighing over one-hundred pounds, this piece is an example of historic art. The statue feels very authentic from the pose to the exquisite facial features that render it almost unnervingly life-like.
Having served part in a memorial monument for Tanyidamani, this piece was excavated from the Lion Temple at Meroë. The photo etched into its surface depicts an Egyptian pharaoh with a crown and scepter. There are inscriptions in the top right and left hand corner. It was made from dark red siltstone and some reddish traces can still be seen on its surface.
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