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Exhibit of Ancient Egyptian Artifacts

Egyptian artifacts provide a glimpse into the ancient world through the art that was produced. The statues and items that were found in burial chambers and throughout ancient Egypt continue to amaze those who study these works of art. There are a number of artifacts that have been found in Egypt and shown to the world through art shows and museums. In fact, some of the artifacts have gone on world tours where millions have had a chance to view the work created by those who lived thousands of years before.

When taking an escorted holiday through the region, you can view some areas where these pieces have been found. Egypt is full of rich history and culture that make it a wonderful place to take a holiday.

The Statue of Nedjemu is a wonderful work of art that was discovered in Giza from Old Kingdom Dynasty V or 2500-2350 BC. The statue is made of limestone and has lost the color that it probably once possessed. It still retains some of the reddish brown on the legs, which show that the statue was of a male figure. The statue was most likely purchased after Nedjemus death to be placed in the tomb by his son.

The Model Granary that was discovered in the tomb of Meketre, who was an official during Dynasty 11 and Dynasty 12. These models were placed in the tomb of Meketre were created to give the official what he would need in the afterlife. The models depict scribes, food production, weaving and carpentry. They are made of painted wood and plaster.

The Triangular Loaf of Bread that was discovered is an interesting glimpse into the way that death was viewed. The loaf of bread was discovered to be from the New Kingdom 1500 BC. It was discovered in Deir el-Bahari, Thebes. The food was placed in the tomb to sustain the person on their journey to the afterlife.

The Block Statue of Nedjem is called a block statue because the position that the figure is sitting in makes it look like a block. The figure represents Nedjem who was the Kings Scribe, overseer of the granaries, Great Steward and the Kings Messenger. The statue is made of Quartzite which is native to Memphis, Egypt where the statue was discovered. It was originally discovered in the 1800s and made its way to the United States. It currently is a part of the collection contained in the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology in Memphis, TN. It is from the New Kingdom, Dynasty XIX 1279-1213 BC.

The mummy, coffin and cartonnage set belonging to Irtw-Irw is a wonderful look into the mummification process and the funeral rights that were practiced by ancient Egyptians. The images painted on the mask and coffin show Irtw-Irw as he would have during the prime of his life in good health and strong. The coffin is made of painted wood and it is gilded with gold. The images on the coffin show the strong belief in the afterlife that was a part of all funeral rights and practices. The artifacts come from the early Ptolemaic Period between 305 -150 BC.

The artifacts that have been found in Egypt give us an interesting look into an ancient civilization steeped in ritual and mystery. The advanced techniques for mummification continue to fascinate scientists and with todays modern scientific equipment it is possible to determine a probable cause of death for the mummies that have been found.