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Egyptian exhibition at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center

Last Friday, my husband and I met my mother and sister in Seattle. We were on a mission. The next day, at 9:30 a.m., a coterie of people were standing before the doors at the Pacific Science Center, north of downtown. We were there to see the National Geographic exhibition, “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs.”  The exhibition, which opened in May of this year, ends January 6. If you are interested, you may want to schedule a trip, as these artifacts are not scheduled to return to North America after the show closes.

One has to reserve a time slot and it turns out the best time to see it is right after it opens or just before it closes. Being part of the first  group meant no one was in front of us and the next group didn’t arrived for some time. Our group was small and we were able to study pieces without anyone pressuring us to move along. It is a dramatically staged show, too, and the elegant venue was a treat in itself. Dark, it was easy to forget anything else was there besides the statue in front of you. Non-flash photography is also allowed, which was surprising to me, so I photographed the whole show, save three or four pieces.

At present, I am working on a two-part slideshow of the photographs I took. The first segment will be posted on Monday and, in the meantime, the following photographs are a taste of what is to come…. My husband saw the King Tut show at the same venue back in 1978, so it was a real treat for him to see this show and he so wanted me to see it. We all enjoyed it immensely and I am so glad I have photographs to pore over now.

It was truly incredible to see, at close hand, carving marks on colossal statuary, hieroglyphs, and representations of people and animals from the many Egyptian dynasties. The regimentation and ritualization of this culture really sunk in. Had I not seen this Egyptian exhibition, it would have been a great personal loss. Of course, I would dearly love to travel to Egypt to see the gargantuan monuments, but I treasure having been able to see these. I was also amazed to learn that one of the pieces is made of unfired clay. Incredible! The fragment shown below is about eight feet tall…

An example from the Egyptian exhibition: Relief detail at the top of the fragment. Depicted is the falcon god, Horus, son of Isis, Egyptian god of the sun, protection, and war; patron god.

 

“Relief of Horemheb. Quartzite, Cairo (Heliopolis), New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, Region of Horemheb (1343-1315 BCE). The last king of the 18th Dynasty, Horemheb removed the vestiges of the Amarna revolution and restored the traditional polytheistic religion. On this wall fragment, perhaps a scene related to coronation, he offers incense before the solar God Khepri, no longer visible.”

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Lovely majolica and a new slideshow format

I am very happy to announce that we now have slideshows again! I’ve tried several formats and have chosen to stream photos and slideshows from Flickr. Jane Street Clayworks has a new photostream there and I will be uploading photos to it for storage. That way I won’t exhaust my on-site blog storage space with graphic files. Click here to see the new Flickr site. From now on, all of my photos for this blog will be stored there and organized by date and short description. To test out the slideshow feature, I’ve chosen some lovely majolica works, which I plan to write about in the future. The pieces in the slideshow span hundreds of years. Some are architectural detail, while others are artwork depicting majolica. As you are watching the show, go ahead and tinker with the features in the format. Once the show begins, for instance, you can scroll up to the top of a photo and click “Show Info” to learn more about the works. (If you click the Flickr logo at the top left, you’ll go to the pic site). I am so very happy to get this up and running. Now that we have a functioning slide show again, I will slowly transfer pics from the extensive Media Library to the Flickr site to create slideshows for articles that lost their slideshows during the website transition. It will take a while, but I’ll catch up sooner or later. The next thing to fix is this font problem I’m having and just maybe I can solve it tomorrow. If not, soon soon! Enjoy the show…

 

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