"Egyptian Antiquities in the Louvre - Part 1" Louvre Tip by aliante1981

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I still remember the sculpture the photo of which I posted on the left from my school days, for it was in all textbooks. This is the famous Seated Scribe, which archaeologists have determined to belong to either 4th or 5th dynasty. Now, when I remembered that there were more than 20 dynasties it seemed to me like a really old sculpture, even older that I?d considered it to be. It?s also surprisingly big, measuring more than half a meter. From my history lessons, I could not imagine it was that big.

Among other noteworthy antiquities in the Egyptian department there are:

- Statuette of a man, which is about 5 thousand years old and made of the most extraordinary (to my mind, at least) material ? hippopotamus tooth

- A dagger, more than 5000 years old, and with the handle in carved hippopotamus tooth

- Tablet with the bull, dating back from 5100 up to 5300 years

- Stele of Djet Serpent King, a sleek limestone thing (once again more than 5000 years old) taken from Abydos

- King Didoufri ? one of the oldest statues you?ll see at the Louvre, depicting the head of a pharaoh of the 4th dynasty. I guessed it was the oldest pharaoh portrait I?ve seen prior to my visiting Louvre

- Stele of Nefertiabet, a really nice stele of painted limestone

I shall add other Egyptian highlights of the Louvre in the next tip. Just don?t want to make the tips too long ? makes them difficult to read.

Address: 99 rue de Rivoli, Paris, France, 75058
Directions: Métro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre
Phone: +33 1 40 20 50 50
Website: http://www.louvre.fr

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  • Written Aug 3, 2003
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