The Trip To Egypt, 2004
Hayes' Web Pages
1, Egyptian Museum, Cairo
2, Pyramids and Sphinx
3, Dahshur (Bent and
3a, Sakkara (Stepped
4, Abu Simbel
5, Philae Temple
5a, Kom Ombo Temple
6, Edfu Temple
6a, Esna Temple
7, Luxor, Medinet Habu,
Village of Deir El Medina
7a,Temple of Hatshepsut
8, Valley of the Kings
8a, Valley of the Queens,
9, Luxor, Tut's Tomb
9a, Temples of Karnak
10/11, Cairo, Museum, Manial Palace, Churches and Mosque
Day 1, Egyptian Museum, Cairo
Photos And Comments
1225 BC stele: first
use of Israel name exactly as used today.
King Tut treasures: what can only be an aquarium (box w/fish
in it) carved on box!
Wigs: shaved heads to avoid bugs; multiple styles
Kohl to protect eyes from flies
Scribe: fat; honored position; well-fed.
Actually mummies: Amenhotep: Getty gave money to display properly
so Egyptian authorities willing to allow public to see
Misr= name Egyptians use, not Egypt
Cheops tomb only 1 tiny statue found despite it's being biggest
Hippo: blue with lilies as artistic device to represent water.
Material = blue faience.
Hinged bed & chair
King Tut's bed: shows (maybe?) position he slept in by wear marks
Box w/in a box w/in a box over sarcophagus.
What a thrill to see
Tutankhamun speaking to us from beyond the grave 3,000 years
Ramadan= 2 million
poor fed daily for Ramadan. Just sit down at tables & are
All hospitals free; all education free
Ticket system: end of year get all your tickets for violations
at the end of the year!
Illegal to grow tobacco
Fresh chicken-buy live!
Per Aki: head covering for women is a "fashion statement".
No traffic lights after midnight. (Was Aki joking?!)
- Unfortunately, the museum
does not allow photography inside. But it is a joy to visit.
Unlike the typical US museum which is more "entertainment"
for kids or adults with short attention spans, this is a "old-style"
museum with tons of wonderful "stuff" hiding in dingy
corners or obscure display cases, like the Smithsonian of 30
Highlights: 4000 year old wigs, a perfect wooden screw - wonder
how it compares in time with Archimedes, sewing kits, Tut's underwear,
statues on top of statues, tons of Greek statues too.
- Funniest thing we saw:
Students sketching exhibits, with a number of girls in traditional
dress concentrating on drawing nude Greek statues!