British Museum I: Egyptian Antiquities

May 9, 2012

This is the first of several posts of photos from the British Museum. We’ll start with a few examples of the Egyptian material…

The Rosetta Stone: hard to photograph…

Amenhotep III, ca. 1400 BCE

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Hippodrome and environs, Istanbul

June 28, 2011

Obelisk of Theodosius (transplanted from Egypt, 16th century BCE)

Detail of the base for the Obelisk of Theodosius (late 4th century CE)

Detail of the base for the Obelisk of Theodosius (late 4th century CE)

Spiral Column, originally set up at Delphi in commemoration of the Greek victory over the Persians at Plataea in 479 BCE. Brought to Constantinople by Constantine in the 4th century CE.

Aya Sofya: church, mosque, museum. Originally constructed in the 6th century CE.

Basilica Cistern, built by Justinian in the 6th century CE.

Medusa head from the Basilica Cistern.


February 23, 2011

Pompeii in New York.

Tutankhamun in Minnesota.


Brooklyn Museum

July 19, 2010

Not much Greek or Roman material on display right now at the Brooklyn Museum but plenty of Egyptian stuff as well as some nice Assyrian reliefs.

Amenhotep II (circa 1426-1400 BCE)

Ashur-nasir-pal II (883-859 BCE)

Nefertiti, detail of the Wilbour Plaque (circa 1352-1336 BCE)

Relief blocks, tomb of Vizier Nespeqashuty (664-610 BCE)

Scribe statue of Amunhotep, son of Nebiry (circa 1426-1400 BCE)

Kelsey Museum (University of Michigan)

March 22, 2010

I’d never been there before but apparently it was recently renovated and expanded. Well worth a visit!

Bust of a Flavian or Trajanic man

Grain mill

Spurius family inscription from Cumae, second century BCE

Bust, possibly of a Roman empress, CE 200-225.

Detail of 5th century BCE kylix (drinking cup) featuring man pressing grapes

Glass unguentarium from Fayum region (2nd century CE)