Louvre; Pharaonic Egypt, Greek Ceramics, Thematic Circuit
Don't rush through this part, there is a lot in it!
The first thing you must realize about the Louvre Museum is that you will not be able to see it in one day. This is the third time I have been to this Museum and over half of it remains for future visits.
After the Philip August palace foundations, we exited the back, went up the stairs and started the Egypt and Greek exhibits after another restroom break.
This exhibit is full of ancient history from two of the greatest empires of history. The Egyptian sphinx that greets you near the beginning is well preserved and a beautiful sculpture.
The boys posed for us a lot on these trips. I guess we felt the need to give evidence that we were really there, eh?
You will follow room after room of impressive collections of statuary, ceramics and everything in between. Passing rows of deities in traditional poses, you can really get a feel for what it must have been like in the larger cities of the era. The religions and their followers performing sacrifices and rituals that are required of them.
In this photo, you can see the likeness of cats, an animal that was revered by the Egyptians.
Amazingly, the writing of the time consisted of a large array of pictorial images we have all seen. This imagery was used in conjunction with a written language that looked nothing like our language today, but can be linked/represented by Latin characters more common today.
The thing I find most impressive is how well they carved it in this hard stone and how well it has stood the test of ages, still looking as good and clear as it does in the Louvre museum.
Approaching rooms 13, 14 and 15 of this section of the museum, you will find an impressive number of sarcophagus... sarcophagi... (how is that spelled... spell check, don't fail me now).
I do not remember seeing such an extensive collection in any of the museums I have visited, and there have been many. Walking up the stairs from room 13 to room 15, you find yourself surrounded by dozens of sarcophagi looming over the room. They look like they are ready to come back to life in some sequel to The Mummy.
The sheer size of some of these was hard to believe, too. The weight is hard to fathom. Imagine being one of the slaves of the time having to move those things, not just across a room, but up and down stairs and through tight tunnels in the grave yards and pyramids.
Despite the glare in this image, you can see only a few of the many rows of sarcophagi on exhibit here.
Tucked away, around the left of the stairs as you come up and in the back room, hidden from view, you will find a mummy that shows The Ritual of the embalming of Hor, Priest of Amon-Ra and Bastet
Date taken: 2007 06 23 22:35 Saturday
The Louvre Museum