As you may or may not know, I'm in Palm Springs for the month. I brought a pile of library books with me and one of the things I've done here is pore over the incredible photographs in The Treasures of Tutankhamun and the Egyptian Museum of Cairo. I have been simply astounded by the exquisite carvings, bas-reliefs, sculpture, death masks, furniture, and jewelry. I mean, really, you look at them and then you look at, say, Jeff Koons, and think What happened to us?
The photographs below don't do justice to the ones (by Araldo de Luca) in the book, but these are just of the few of the many items that grabbed me.
|THE LECTOR-PRIEST KAAPER,|
KNOWN AS "THE VILLAGE MAYOR"
5TH DYNASTY, USERKAF'S REIGN 2465-2458 BC
LIMESTONE AND FAIENCE
3rd DYNASTY DJOSER'S REIGN
|RAHOTEP AND NOFRET [SPOUSES]|
4TH DYNASTY, SNEFRU'S REIGN
|STATUETTE OF KHUFU|
4TH DYNASTY, KHUFU'S REIGN
|THE DWARF SENEB WITH HIS FAMILY|
LATE 5TH DYNASTY-EARLY 6TH DYNASTY
24TH-23RD CENTURY, B.C.
Just as I was scouring kayak for flights to Cairo, a friend sent me this Los Angeles Times piece about Timothy Fenstermacher, a high school dropout who became obsessed with Egyptology and has taught himself heiroglyphics from solitary confinement (where he'd rather be than in the general population) in Tehachapi (California) State Prison.
"I am dying, Egypt, dying."
--Marc Antony, to Cleopatra.Antony and Cleopatra, William Shakespeare, (IV, xv, 41).