Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Day with Some Ancient Egyptian Things
Early ??? (Hotel Room Lacks a Clock!)

Julia and I enjoyed three egg omelets for breakfast. She chose spinach and mushroom, while I had the "pick your own", I added bacon, cheddar, swiss, onions, and tomatoes. We each had a fancy bottle of juice called "ginger snap".

I noticed one of the chairs at the counter had an actor's name on the back, "Drew Carey". I wonder if he ate there often.

We had some time to kill before the day's main event, so we returned to the hotel room and watched cooking shows. The "Food over Fifty" was interesting, reminding us again of the use of garlic for health and flavor. Spinach and kale might be more easy to eat if we take the time to chop and brown a clove first. The rest of the cooking shows: Oh the grease! Oh the salt! Oh, the gluten! Yuck!

Our cab driver had never heard of our destination. He had us pick the address on his phone and the GPS "lady" guided him there. Vincent Price Museum is located in East Los Angeles, which may as well be located in another country! We had difficulty finding a cab to take us back, the original cab company had no drivers that could go out there. But fortunately they found a driver from another company who came. He knew his way and got us back much more quickly.

An evening PBS program gave us further clues as it spoke of the Latinos in the 60s and 70s and a newspaper they created in East Los Angeles to document their concerns. A huge gathering which began peacefully ended with the cops shooting one of the reporters, "Ruben Galazar", if I remember correctly. So it is "another country" in a certain sense, indeed.

While we sat on the bench on the first floor, fearful no cab was going to come, I wondered if I'd made a bad decision. Visions of the museum closing and still no ride haunted me, but after we were safely back in the hotel's neighborhood, I was glad we were able to go.

The museum is small, but very well designed. The LACMA Egyptian pieces are on the third floor. The exhibit is in only two rooms but no doubt the intersection of their finest and (likely least fragile) pieces have been chosen.

I got some good photos. The two main stars are the beautiful Wadjet and a gold-gilded Osiris (Wesir) with a very sweet expression:

Figurine of the Goddess Wadjet
Egypt, 26th Dynasty (circa 664 - 525 BCE)
Metalwork; Sculpture, Bronze, Height: 13 in. (33 cm)
William Randolph Hearst Collection, LACMA 50.37.14

In this view, we can Wadjet has a dynamic striding pose

The above photos are from 2018, the photo below is from 2009, ©Joan Ann Lansberry

New Kingdom Osiris
Egypt, New Kingdom, 1550-1070 BCE
Wood and gilding, Height: 22 1/2 in. (57.15 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. Allan C. Balch Fund
LACMA #M.60.35.8

He looks like such a gentle fellow!

Next, the regal Neith, sitting on her throne:

Seated Statuette of the Goddess Neith
Egypt, Late Period (711 - 323 BCE)
Metalwork; Sculpture, Bronze, Length: 4 7/16 in. (11.2 cm); Width: 2 3/8 in. (6 cm); Height: 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
William Randolph Hearst Foundation, LACMA 50.14.1
The photo above © Joan Ann Lansberry 2018

This photo © Joan Ann Lansberry 2009

This photo © Joan Ann Lansberry 2018

A standing Khonsu with the big, elaborate Ptolemaic crown is definitely memorable:

Statuette of the God Khonsu the Child
Egypt, Late Period, (712-332 BCE)
Bronze, Height: 13 3/4 in. (34.77 cm)
Gift of Varya and Hans Cohn
LACMA, #AC1992.152.54

And because I could, Khonsu's backside!

The mummy case was for an unnamed person. The outer featured a beard, the inner did not. But it had beautifully detailed deities.


Egypt, likely Thebes, mid-21st Dynasty (about 1000 - 968 BCE)
Wood, gesso, polychrome and yellow varnish
Purchased with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. John Jewett Garland
LACMA #M.47.3a-c

Outer Lid: 74 1/4 x 21 3/4 x 14 in. (188.59 x 55.24 x 35.56 cm)

Inner Lid: 69 1/8 x 16 5/8 x 4 1/4 in. (175.58 x 42.23 x 10.79 cm)

Detail from the top lid...

Detail from the inner lid...

Base: 73 3/4 x 21 1/2 x 13 in. (187.33 x 54.61 x 33.02 cm)

Detail from inside of base

Detail from inside of base

Now, today, we await Tutankhamun's beautiful things.

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