This morning, I woke early, but Julia did not. I find myself surprisingly sore after a bad fall I had Friday. (I landed on all fours after failing to see a clothes rack and tripped over its bottom bar.) But why do my arms ache? Possibly because they took some of the brunt of the fall. Better that than my head! Anyway, this morning I felt okay enough for a little walk. I left Julia absorbed in her book, and headed up the road. The further I walked up, the more balloons I saw. They appeared in a diagonal above the street intersection. Perhaps all the power lines, light poles and other necessities of urban life overpower them a bit in the photos. But I did get one reasonably decent photo in which three were not obscured.
Size: 45.7 x 56.5 cm. (18 x 22 1/4 in)
From the Pyramid of Amenemhat I at Lisht, re-used from the Funerary temple of Khufu, IV Dynasty.
Excavated by the Met's Egyptian Expedition in 1909, MMA 09.180.02
The Met Museum has made many of their publications available via pdf. I discovered "Re-Used Blocks from the Pyramid of Amenemhet I" and enjoyed reading it. I took the accession numbers and whenever possible, sought the most current photo of each block, to examine as I read Hans Goedicke's descriptive text:
"A representation of Wep-wawet occupies the center of this relief. He is depicted in therio-anthropomorphic form, as a man with the head of a canine animal. The transition between the two elements is not as smooth as usual in compositions of this kind, the widely curving stripes of the locks attached to the animal face being particularily unfortunate. A distinct line around the neck separates the head from the human body. The attitude is not a customary one for the representation of deities but quite usual for human dignitaries; therefore it is quite probable that the figure is that of a priest wearing an animal mask. The use of masks in the performance of cult acts can only be proved for the late period of Egyptian history but most likely was the habit at all times, although the reliefs rarely reflect such customs.By taking the largest photo available and enlarging it a bit, I made a trace whereby that "unfortunate' hairpiece can be visible. The Fourth Dynasty artist messed up the lines a bit! I don't feel so bad about my mistakes. (Also, I saw possible evidence of a neck collar?)
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