The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, October 21, 2014


New Gallery at the World Museum Liverpool Reveals Mummies
LIVERPOOL.- A major new gallery at the World Museum Liverpool looks at the incredible world of the Pharaohs and the remarkable culture that built the Pyramids and the Sphinx.

Ancient Egypt, opening this Friday 5 December 2008, contains 1,500 fascinating exhibits from the museum’s world-class collections. One of its great treasures – the vividly-coloured belt of the last great Pharaoh, Rameses III – is going on display for the first time since before the Second World War. Dating from 1180 BC, the monarch probably wore it in battle while riding his chariot. This is a unique survival from the ancient world – there is nothing like it even in Tutankhamen’s Tomb.

Among the items on display are the mummy said to have inspired H Rider Haggard’s classic fantasy adventure She, about a beautiful queen who lives 2,000 years waiting for her lost love before shrivelling up into a pile of dust. The best-selling Victorian author was a keen collector of artefacts and helped popularise Ancient Egypt.

Visitors can 'unwrap' a mummy without it being touched using a computer interactive.

Ancient Egypt follows the development of the kingdom from the time of Menes, the first king of Egypt who reigned around 3000 BC, through the days of the Pharaohs, up to the time of the last ruler – the legendary Queen Cleopatra, who died in 30 BC – into the Greek and Roman periods.

Ashley Cooke, exhibition curator, says: “No other civilisation in world history has captured the imagination quite like Ancient Egypt, the first nation state. These remarkable people left their mark on the world and influenced all who followed them.

“Today their wonderful, haunting tombs and all they left behind continue to exert an endless fascination. The World Museum Liverpool is in a prime position to tell the story as we have one of the finest collections anywhere.”

Ancient Egypt features a section devoted to Death. It looks at curses and spells which were linked to the Afterlife – the Egyptians’ version of heaven.

There is a chilling collection of 200 spells which Pharaohs and other carried in their coffins to prevent all sorts of horrible things happening to them.

The process of mummification – invented by the Egyptians – is examined. Preserving the body was done to protect the dead – there were five spirits in the body including Ka, who represented the soul. Another – Ba – had wings and could fly out of the tomb.

It took 70 days to complete the process of embalming and mummification. Internal organs were removed and put into jars.

The body was cleaned with oils and spices including frankincense and perfumes which can still be smelt on mummies. After being wrapped, the mummy was placed in its coffin. It took hundreds of years to develop the skills needed to perfect the art of mummification.

Animals were also mummified so they could accompany the dead into the Afterlife. In Victorian times cat mummies were so common, they were sold by the ton. Around 400,000 were imported into Liverpool in the 1850s to be used as fertiliser.

Other animal mummies on display are a hawk and crocodile. There were animal gods to protect the Egyptians from bad spirits.

A tomb reconstruction is based on a 4,000-year-old burial place. People believed the dead could protect the living but could also be blamed for misfortunes. The myth of the Mummy’s Curse is also examined although curses were inscribed on the outside of tombs to prevent stone being stolen. The arrival of the New Kingdom from about 1100 BC saw Egypt in decline.

Probably the most important documents on display are papyri (papers) recording the trials of people accused of tomb robbing. They were discovered in the 1840s, probably at Thebes , and were divided up between collections in Liverpool, London and New York .

Other exciting features are a 4,000-year-old harp which may have soothed a Pharaoh, a mummified hand and a chattering wall about the language of the Ancient Egyptians.

Only between five and 10 per cent of people could read and write – even some Pharaohs may have been illiterate.

A section on tomb building reveals that the men who built the Pyramids were paid in beer and bread – so well that they were known for their drunkenness.

Ancient Egypt looks at the lasting legacy of this vanished culture as pioneers of democracy, libraries, mathematics, glass and building.





Last Week News

December 10, 2008

100 Masterdrawings from New York: Munich Plays Host to The Morgan Library & Museum

Important Salvador Dali Fine Sculpture for Sale at Bonhams

Victoria & Albert Museum Opens Magnificence of the Tsars

Hans Arp: Line and Form. A Presentation of Works from the Collection

Kunsthalle Dusseldorf Presents Reiner Ruthenbeck Restrospective

Exceptionally High Quality at Art Basel Miami Beach 2008

Celebrating Kyoto: Modern Arts from Boston's Sister City at Boston's MFA

Serpentine Gallery Presents Major Exhibition: Indian Highway

Marc Mayer Becomes the New Director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada

Actions: What You Can Do With the City at the Canadian Centre for Architecture

Urban Stories: X Baltic Triennial of International Art

Fuller Craft Museum Presents the Sixth Sense: Contemporary Jewelry from Korea

American Folk Art Museum Kicks Off the Annual American Antiques Show with Its American Gala

Daniel Joseph Martinez Exhibits the west bank is missing, i am not dead, am i at The Amie and Tony James Gallery

Brooklyn Museum Launches New Socially-Networked Membership at January Target First Saturday

Artist Set To Sell First Painting for $1 Million On eBay

August Sander - Limited-Edition Art Prints

Casting the Plaza Hotel: Reviving the Art of Ironwork

School of Visual Arts in New York Announces Social Documentary Film Program

December 9, 2008

Mexico's INBA Celebrates Dolores Olmedo's 100th Anniversary with Important Exhibition

Most Comprehensive Design Awards in the World Announces Shortlist

Hammer Museum to Open Erin Cosgrove's First Solo Museum Exhibition

Calder's Inventive Jewelry Featured in Metropolitan Museum Exhibition

Fine Autumn Scene By Severini to be Sold At Bonhams In A Simulcast Sale With New York

2008 Shimada Prize Winner Patricia Berger Presents Winning Publication

Thomas S. Michie to Join Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as Senior Curator

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards The RISD Museum of Art $1 Million Grant

Eleven Reputable Male Artists Including D*Face and Blek Le Rat Raise Awareness of Prostate Cancer

Wizard of Oz Descends on Miami Beach in Celebration of the Iconic Film's 70th Anniversary

Tate Modern Opens Uhambo (The Journey) Exhibition by Nicholas Hlobo

Indianapolis Museum of Art Exhibition to Feature 50 Recently Donated Works of Contemporary Art

The Smithsonian Opens New State-of-the-Art Storage and Operations Facility

First Ladies at the Smithsonian Exhibition Opens at National Museum of American History

Multimedia Guide Produced by NOUS as the First Museum Application in the App Store

The Art Institute of Houston Announces Opening of Branch Campus

Celebrate African Drums and Drumming at the Baltimore Museum of Art

December 8, 2008

Interior/Exterior. Living in Art From Romantic Interior Painting to Home Design of the Future

Cooper-Hewitt Announces Shahzia Sikander Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection

Carnegie Museum of Art Announces the Recent Aquisition of Works to the Collection

Make Your Own Xmas: Tate Britain Christmas Tree 2008 by Bob and Roberta Smith

Ayse Erkmen: Hausgenossen on View at Kunstsammlung Nordhrein-Westfalen

Blickmaschinen: Contemporary Art looks at the Collection Nekes at Museum fur Gegenwartskunst

Renowned Impressionism Collection Returns Home to Art Institute of Chicago

Musée des Beaux-arts in Angers Opens Daniel Tremblay Tribute

Kunstverein Hannover Presents First Comprehensive Exhibition of Israeli Artist Omar Fast

Manchester Art Gallery Presents Press the * Then Say Hello

An Exceptional Group of Imperial Seals to Headline Sotheby's Asian Art Sale

Swiss Architecture Museum Opened Balkanology: New Architecture and Urban Phenomena in South Eastern Europe

A Better World: Tue Greenfort, San Keller and Klaus Weber at Bonner Kunstverein

British Museum and HSBC Announce Indian Summer

Kunsthalle Nuremberg Opens Cao Fei Exhibition

Open Call: International Guerrilla Video Festival Dublin 2009

Jeff Soto Returns to his Hometown of Riverside for his First Solo Museum Exhibition

The Labyrinth Wall: From Mythology to Reality

Katy Grannan: The Westerns to Open at The Photographers' Gallery

December 7, 2008

Exhibition of Jenny Holzer's Works From Past 15 Years to be Presented at the Whitney

Yael Bartana Exhibits at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center

Caravaggio Painting Stolen from Museum in Odessa Recovered

Garin Nugroho: Opera Jawa On View at Haus der Kunst in Munich

Overview of Artist Patti Smith's Creative Complexity on View at Artium

Zentrum Paul Klee Exhibits 27 Paul Klee Paintings from the Collection of Kazumasa Katsuta

Kunsthalle Frediricianum Invites Berlin-based Conceptual Artist Daniel Knorr to Exhibit

Life? Biomorpic Forms in Sculpture at Kunsthaus in Graz

Heavy Metal. The Inexplicable Lightness of a Material at Kunsthalle zu Kiel

Mattomatt: Chess Pieces by Jürg Hassler at Museum Tinguely

Sotheby's New York Sales of Important Tiffany and Important 20th Century Design

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Announces Max Ernst: Dream and Revolution

The Hidden Trace. Jewish Paths through Modernity at Felix Nussbaum Haus

On the Enlightened Path: Jain Art from India

Whitney to Present New Video Installation by Alex Bag

Snowy Landscape by Francis Guy Appears on Holiday Greeting Card

Smithsonian's Archives of American Art Receives Grant from Leon Levy Foundation

Paint Made Flesh Debuts at Frist Center for the Visual Arts in January

Calgary Company Announces Not One But TWO Gifts of Public Art by Internationally Renowned Artists

December 6, 2008

Outstanding Dali Works and Surrealism at Sabanci University Sakip Sabanci Museum

First Exhibition to Focus on Van Gogh's Twilight and Nocturnal Scenes at the Van Gogh Museum

Museo d'Arte Orientale, Torino (MAO), Opens to The Public

Sotheby's Paris to Offer The Robert Lebel Collection of Old Master & 19th Century Drawings

Jean Lurcat / Contemporary Tapestry Museum Presents Tapestries (1940 - 1965) Exhibition

Highly Popular ArtSway Open08 Presented in Hampshire

New installation By Andro Wekua at Camden Arts Centre

December Ubs 12 x 12 Presents Tan Wee Lit at MCA Chicago

Human Rights: Student Voices at Great Hall at the Pasadena Central Library

Bert Monroy, Master Artist Tribute VIII: A Digital Artist Paints With Light

Odyssey: The Photographs of Linda Connor Now Open at Phoenix Art Museum

Museum Exhibition of McBrien Collection Surveys and Celebrates 20th Century Japanese Craft

The Akron Art Museum Joins 65 Museums Around the World With Heresies: A Retrospective by Pedro Meyer

The Museum of Modern Art Presents Focus: Sol LeWitt

Paintings by Maine Artist Lynne Drexler Opens at the Portland Museum of Art

Traveling Exhibition of The Work of Savannah Sculptor Ulysses Davis Premieres at High Museum

Exploration of Religious Belief Systems of the East at The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Haughton International Fairs Announces Art Antiques Design Dubai

American Folk Art Collector Dorothea Rabkin, 87, Dies

The Grand Auction During Art Basel

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Award Underscores Spencer's Place Among Select National Company

Vauxhall Collective: The UK's Most Talented and Exciting Creatives are Announced

December 5, 2008

Czars, Wonders of Imperial Russia. Collections of the State Hermitage Museum Opens

Old Master Paintings Realise GBP13,334,000 at Sotheby's

Van Gogh Museum Welcomes Stedelijk Museum with a Fauvists and Expressionists Show

Little Ashes: Movie About Salvador Dali and Federico Garcia Lorca to be Released Spring 2009

Art is Arp - Drawings, Collages, Reliefs at Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Masterwork By Georges Seurat Sells For 4.9 Million Euros Sotheby's Paris

Overall Success at Christie's Important American Painters

Daan van Golden: Red or Blue Opens at Camden Arts Centre

American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture Sale at Sotheby's Achieves $25.5 Million

The Morgan Library & Museum to Exhibit Extraordinary Selection of Rare Bookbindings

Lineart 2008 Lines Up Prestigious Projects To Entice Art Buyers to Flanders' Premier Art Fair

Vintage Singapore - Souvenirs from the Recent Past To Open at Brunei Gallery

Smithsonian American Art Museum Presents Nationally Touring Retrospective of Acclaimed Photographer Frank Gohlke

The Museum of Modern Art Presents Focus: Jasper Johns

The Elms Lesters Painting Rooms Book Presented in London

Jane Irish's Now Preserve Launches Preservation Prints Series

Cheekwood Names New Vice President, Development and Marketing

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Image of a Christ without a beard, short hair and wearing a toga unearthed in Spain

2.- Giant mosaic unearthed in mysterious tomb in Amphipolis in northern Macedonia

3.- Bonhams sale of 18th century French decorative arts to benefit Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

4.- Paris flustered by erection of 'sex-toy' sculpture; Paul McCarthy slapped by a passer-by

5.- High art or vile pornography? Marquis de Sade explored in Orsay museum exhibition

6.- 'Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection' opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7.- Greek culture minister says Elgin Marbles return a matter of 'global heritage'

8.- Vandals deflate Paris 'sex-toy' sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy after outrage

9.- Exhibition at National Gallery in London explores Rembrandt's final years of painting

10.- 'Hans Memling: A Flemish Renaissance' opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome

Related Stories



Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site