|A sphinx guards a hall of ancient Egyptian gods and pharaohs (You can see me in the background)|
Yesterday, we visited the Egyptian Museum Of Turin, said to be one of the best collections outside of Cairo. And I must say, their collection was amazing and displayed a good amount of ancient Egyptian art from the Old (first), Middle, and New Ages of ancient Egypt.
My favorite of the exhibits (there were three) was the hall of mirrors. It was, as the name suggests, a hall of mirrors, but my jaw dropped open in complete awe when I saw it. The hallway with dark walls, was dramatically lit, enveloping and highlighting a myriad of statues still standing proud and with an air of grandeur as in ancient times.
|The hall of statues|
The hall held many statues of Sekhemet, the goddess of childbirth, a fierce warrior and companion of Baste, the cat goddess often depicted with a woman's body and a lioness head. As a warrior and quite protective, she was outside many tombs, guarding the dead bodies.
|King Tut with a god|
Next, an extremely well-preserved statue of Ramses II sit serenely upon his stone throne. Said to be one of the "highlights" of the museum, he is shown with the blue crown of war and pleated dress-like clothing. It is used in the symbol of the museum and is on the museum pamphlet.
|He's on the pamphlet!!!|
|Pharaoh (left) "chill'n with the gods|
|There were quite a few cases such as these, with the sarcophagi all lined up with their upper and lower layers right by them|
|Anubus, the jackal-headed god of the dead, looks on sternly from the side of a sarcophagus|
|Ancient Egyptian farmer harvesting wheat|
|This is a mummified cat. Cats were mummified to honor the cat goddess, Baste|
|A small statue of a pharaoh|
|a fragment from a tomb wall|
|a boat for the afterlife for a pharaoh that includes slaves|
|The second layer of Kha's Sarcophagus|
|Well-preserved bread, seeds, and fruit for the couple's afterlife|
|Merit's makeup kit|
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