The exhibit will be here through early January of next year, so you have a little time to see it if you've not yet had a chance, and just happen to be visiting Seattle in the next six months. But fair warning; this is the last US stop before the exhibit returns to Egypt.
It's chock full of interesting statues and artifacts from a wide swath of time - at least a thousand years of Egyptian history - as well as a stunning number of artifacts from King Tut's tomb.
I thought I'd share six of my favorite pieces here. First, I fell in love with a number of the carved stone tablets.
|Even cats got an afterlife in ancient Egypt!
I didn't manage to write down where the stone carving above came from, though I can tell you it's part of a much larger wall piece. When I first saw it, I thought they were all leaning forward in anticipation. I love the sense of depth and movement in the piece.
As a cat lover, I had to photograph the sarcophagus for Prince Thutmose's Cat, 1430-1372BC. This cat is all set, complete with a feast for the afterlife and his own cat mummy!
|Sketch of princess eating duck from the Amarna Period
This carving reminded me of a clay tablet carving. I loved the naturalistic lines - so different from the stylization typical of ancient Egyptian art.
Apparently the Amarna period (during the later half of the eighteenth dynasty and includes pharaoh's such as Akhetaten and Tutankhamun) is the only time such a sketch would have been possible.
|This collar feature teensy tiny gold seed beads!
The Eagle Collar features three eagles heads - one on either shoulder and a third at the top of the the tassel at center back. Again, I love the expressiveness and lines of the carvings. The center back tassels is a fun touch, too.
The last necklace pictured below is from King Tut's tomb. While there were quite a number of gorgeous gold pieces, I liked the simplicity of large-holed stone beads. Interestingly, it's still strung on its original rope, which looks to be hemp or something else sort of straw like. I tried to get a closer look at that in the detail shot.
|Golden eagle heads with bugle-shaped stone beads
|Large-holed disks strung on a plant fiber rope