Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Ancient Egypt Transformed - The Middle Kingdom

I am absolutely fascinated with ancient Egypt. It was something that my Mom was very interested in, and she helped me see how amazing this history can be. I was lucky enough to actually see the King Tut exhibit at the Met Museum when I was a little girl. I was thrilled to hear about this new exhibit, which showcases some really cool items. I think it is so neat we are able to look at these items in person, items that are from so many centuries ago. I always wanted to see proof about history I was reading in school. There is nothing better than visiting this exhibit at the Met. 

These drawing really just blow my mind. So fantastic! 

This was just beautiful in person 

This necklace was just so so fabulous. In perfect condition, from so long ago, and so much detail in the design. I would wear this in a heartbeat! 

This one reminded me of King Tut with the face and eyes. This was another piece that had so much detail, you wonder how they did these works of art. I love that the feet actually have toenails on them. They do not miss one darn detail ! 

This is actually a necklace, collar, and was buried with the mummy. I can't imagine the thrill of finding one of these burials of these Egyptian people and see what treasures you can find. 

The reunification of ancient Egypt achieved by Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II—the first pharaoh of the Middle Kingdom—was followed by a great cultural flowering that lasted nearly four hundred years. During the Middle Kingdom (mid-Dynasty 11–Dynasty 13, around 2030–1650 B.C.), artistic, cultural, religious, and political traditions first conceived and instituted during the Old Kingdom were revived and reimagined.

This transformational era is represented through 230 objects and groups in this major international exhibition. Fashioned with great subtlety and sensitivity, and ranging in size from monumental stone sculptures to delicate examples of jewelry, the works of art are drawn from the preeminent collection of the Metropolitan—which is particularly rich in Middle Kingdom material—and thirty-seven lenders in North America and Europe. This is the first comprehensive presentation of Middle Kingdom art and culture, featuring many objects that have never before been shown in the United States.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Website 

The exhibition is made possible by Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman.

Additional support is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Diane Carol Brandt, and The Daniel P. Davison Fund.

It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

The catalogue is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Exhibit is open until January 24, 2016 and if you enjoy this type of history, be sure to get there before the closing date. You will not be disappointed!! 

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