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The festival of Divine Union of the goddess Hathor and Horus

It’s been more than a year since I made a temple reconstruction. I’ve been busy with my two kids. (By the way my ten year old son extracted the cost of a graphics card out of me after Christmas by beating me in an archery competition watch the video here)

The festival of Divine Union of the goddess Hathor and Horus is something I’ve written about in the past and would like to illustrate. The statue of Hathor would travel from Dendara to the temple of Horus at Edfu, a distance of 106 miles before the festival kicked off. On the way she would stop off at towns and villages and her sacred barque, containing her statue, would have rested within a local barque station over night.

Blessing would have been bestowed on the local community and there would have been a welcoming by the people and a celebration.

So I imagine a river boat transporting the sacred barque containing the statue, obviously with an entourage from the temple. Each day the flotilla would divert along some local canal to a town anchorage where a small chapel would stand. Over night the sacred barque would be taken from the boat to rest in this building.

The moment of arrival is going to be the subject of this reconstruction. I usually start with a rough sketch of the basic idea, and then build all the different elements from that sketch. You don’t usually see this bit – I normally just show the finished reconstruction. So here we go – this might take a few months.

The festival of Divine Union of the goddess Hathor and Horus

Now I have made a barque station before so rather than re-invent the wheel, I’ll adapt one of my old models – that should speed things up a bit. But I’ll have to make the houses, dock side, the people, the boat, landscape, water, plants and trees and pretty much everything else. So I’ll get back to you in about a week so you can see how far I’ve got.
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Hathor part four
Hathor part three
Hathor part two

Egyptian Wood Female Figure 2500-2055 BC

A 71 cm high, commissioned by a woman

Members of the elite had themselves represented in wood or stone statues which would be placed in their tombs as receptacles for the soul.

In the 20th century, this figure belonged to the Dutch artist Johannes Anton ‘John’Rädecker (1885-1956), whose expressionist style was influenced by ancient sculpture.
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Egypt’s Great Pyramid the new evidence

Egypt’s Great Pyramid The New Evidence has revealed that the Great Pyramid of Khufu was built using a complicated system of waterways.

Egypt’s Great Pyramid the new evidence

Thousands of workers transported 170,000 tonnes of limestone in wooden boats along the Nile River. Each 2.5-tonne block was ferried through specially built canals into an inland port at the foot of the Great Pyramid.

The discovery of an ancient papyrus diary, written by an overseer named Merer, is a first-hand record of how the pyramid was built.

Merer describes, in detail, how the limestone blocks were moved from the quarry in Tura to Giza in boats. This together with the unearthing of a lost waterway beneath the Giza plateau and the finding of a ceremonial boat, now strongly suggests that thousands of labourers transported the building blocks of the pyramid along the Nile River Nile, then through canals to the construction site.

Gold technology in ancient Egypt

Thomas Garnet Henry James, CBE, FBA
The British Museum, London

Gold technology in ancient Egypt by Henry James

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Thomas Garnet Henry James, CBE, FBAHenry James (8 May 1923 – 16 December 2009), was a British Egyptologist, epigrapher, and museum curator.

He is best known for his career long association with the British Museum, serving with the Department of Ancient Egypt from 1951 to 1988, including 14 years as Keeper.

He also had a large number of outside scholarly interests and wrote a large number of important research works on the subject of Ancient Egypt.

James was the inspiration behind the radical reorganisation of the Egyptian sculpture display AT The British Museum in 1981.
His name appears on a number of publications about objects in the British Museum. He also wrote a number of volumes on the Hieroglyphic Texts from Egyptian Stelae series in 1961 and 1970).

James co-wrote two important publications based on his own epigraphic work in the field: The Mastaba of Khentika called Ikhekhi (1953) and Gebel el-Silsilah. The Shrines (1963).

Gold technology in ancient Egypt

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