Getty: Egyptian Exhibit

by Tawanna Cullen September. 20, 2018 730 views

We were pretty thrilled with the entrance of the Egyptian Exhibit.

Obelisk Honoring Emperor Domitian and the Goddess Isis, Romano-Egyptian, AD 88–89. granite.

Obelisk Honoring Emperor Domitian and the Goddess Isis, Romano-Egyptian, AD 88–89. granite.

The stairway was pretty impressive.

Staircase leading up to the Beyond the Nile Egypt and the Classical World Exhibit.

Staircase leading up to the Beyond the Nile Egypt and the Classical World Exhibit.

Medical Text: This text records a series of medical recipes and magical spells in the hieratic script which is a cursive form of Egyptian writing. It addresses a variety of ailments, such as skin and eye disorders, bleeding and burns. Typically the instructions call for the sufferer to treat the afflicted area while uttering particular incantations.

Medical Text, Egyptian, Dynasty 18, 1550-1295 BC made of papyrus and ink.

Medical Text, Egyptian, Dynasty 18, 1550-1295 BC made of papyrus and ink.

Medical Text, Egyptian, Dynasty 18, 1550-1295 BC made of papyrus and ink.

Medical Text, Egyptian, Dynasty 18, 1550-1295 BC made of papyrus and ink.

Medical Text, Egyptian, Dynasty 18, 1550-1295 BC made of papyrus and ink.

Medical Text, Egyptian, Dynasty 18, 1550-1295 BC made of papyrus and ink.

Cretans in Egyptian Tombs
Foreigners bringing gifts for the pharaoh depicted on Egyptian wall paintings in aristocratic tombs in Thebes dating to Dynasty 18 (1550-1295 BC).

Facsimile of a Wall Painting with Cretans, Tomb of Rekhmire, Thebes Egyptian Dynasty 18, 1479-1425 BC Tempra on paper

Facsimile of a Wall Painting with Cretans, Tomb of Rekhmire, Thebes Egyptian Dynasty 18, 1479-1425 BC Tempra on paper

Sarcophagus of Wahibreemakhet

Sarcophagus of Wahibreemakhet

Sarcophagus of Wahibreemakhet

The hieroglyphic inscription on this large sarcophagus identifies the deceased as Wahibreemakhet, a high official who held the title of Royal Sealer around 600 BC. Although he bears an Egyptian name and was buried in the manner of an important Egyptian courtier, the names of his father and mother, Alexikles and Zenodote, are Greek. He was likely born in Egypt to immigrant parents. His father may have been a military commander in the service of Psamtik I who ruled from 664-610 BC.

The hieroglyphic inscription on this large sarcophagus identifies the deceased as Wahibreemakhet, a high official who held the title of Royal Sealer around 600 BC.

The hieroglyphic inscription on this large sarcophagus identifies the deceased as Wahibreemakhet, a high official who held the title of Royal Sealer around 600 BC.

Head of Alexander the Great

Head of  Alexander the Great Ptolemaic, about 200 BC. Marble

Head of Alexander the Great Ptolemaic, about 200 BC. Marble

Decree in Honor of Kallimachos

Decree in Honor of Kallimachos, Ptolemaic, 39 BC found in Thebes, Egypt. Granite

Decree in Honor of Kallimachos, Ptolemaic, 39 BC found in Thebes, Egypt. Granite

This decree has been reused. It was originally carved in the 8th century BC. Six centuries later it was re-inscribed. If you look at the top middle part, that's a clear carving. It's the original carving. The king on the left and the queen on the right look blurry and not as clear. That's because they were added later. They were carved over the original decoration of the decree. This decree also has both Greek and Roman text.

Decree in Honor of Kallimachos, Ptolemaic, 39 BC found in Thebes, Egypt. Granite

Decree in Honor of Kallimachos, Ptolemaic, 39 BC found in Thebes, Egypt. Granite

Bust of lady

Bust of Young Ptolemy

Bust of a Young Ptolemy 150-100 BC

Bust of a Young Ptolemy 150-100 BC

Bust of a Young Ptolemy 150-100 BC

Bust of a Young Ptolemy 150-100 BC

Some art

In 116 BC Ptolemy IX succeeded his father, Ptolemy VIII, ruling with his powerful mother, Cleopatra III. 10 years later she deposed him in favor of his brother, Ptolemy X, but on his death in 88 BC, Ptolemy IX reclaimed the throne. He had distinctive features such as full lips curly hair and a short beard.

Bust of Ptolemy IX Soter (Savior) II

Bust of Ptolemy IX Soter (Savior) II

The Getty is one of my favorite museums. I could spend all day there.
The Egyptian Exhibit was amazing.

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