Sola Rey

Random photos of Ancient Egyptian Art

Other ancient names before it was called our modern day Egypt which run down the Nile River are Ethiopia, Aswan,  Kemet/Khemet, Land of Ham, Nuri, Nubia, Kush/Cush & Put/Phut .

Head of a Queen or Princess as a Sphinx, Chlorite, Twelfth dynasty, ca 1919-1878 BC. Also forgotten or unknown Pharaohs of the 25th Dynasty that was mistakenly left out of the Cairo Museum?

Egyptian ruler, Amenemhat 3, made about 3,800 years ago. Representing the new naturalism that characterizes this era of Egyptian art, it is one of the many exquisite loans in Ancient Egypt Transformed, which opens at the met museum.

Via museum directors:

We got a sneak peak of met museum’s terrific new show Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom (in member previews now, opens October 12). The show is dense but it’s an absolute joy. Objects are beautifully installed. Can’t wait to return! (This is Senwosret III, who was Pharaoh from 1878 – 1839 BC. This head of Senwosret III comes to the exhibition from nelson atkins.) middlekingdom ancient egypt pharaoh.

“Head of a Statue of Senwosret III as a Sphynx,” Twelfth Dynasty, ca. 1878-1840 B.C., part of “Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom,” on view at the at the met museum through January 24, 2016.

On this day in 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his workmen discovered the tomb of King Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. Head of Tutankhamun, New Kingdom, Amarna Period, Dynasty 18, reign of Tutankhamun, ca. 1336–1327 B.C.

“An exhibition…high on complex beauty.” —  on “Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom,” opening today! This major international exhibition, featuring 230 powerful and compelling masterworks, is the first comprehensive presentation of Middle Kingdom art and culture and includes many objects that have never been shown in the United States. Upper Part of a Statue of a Thirteenth Dynasty King Seated, ca. 1750-1700 B.C. Middle Kingdom. The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Middle Kingdom Egypt.

Infrared Thermography Reveals Temperature of Tut’s Tomb Walls. CAIRO, EGYPT—King Tutankhamun’s tomb was scanned last week with infrared thermography by scientists from the Ministry of Antiquities, Cairo University, and the Heritage, Innovation, and Preservation (HIP) Institute, Paris. Preliminary results of the experiment indicate that an area of the tomb’s northern wall is different in temperature than other parts of the wall. According to a report in the Ahram Online, Mamdouh El-Damaty, Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities, said that further tests are needed to mark the area, which could indicate that an open space, or additional chambers, are located behind the wall. British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves suggested that could be the case after he examined high-resolution images of the tomb’s walls produced by the Spanish artistic and preservation specialists Factum Arte. He spotted what looked like two doorways that had been plastered over and thinks they might lead to Nefertiti’s missing burial.

Austria returns statue to Egypt. (Austrian Police)VIENNA, AUSTRIA—The Local, Austria, reports that an ancient ushabti figurine confiscated from two men who tried to sell it for more than two million euros has been returned to Egypt by Sabine Haag, director of Vienna’s Art History Museum. The two men, who were acquitted of receiving the allegedly stolen artifact, claimed to have bought it at a flea market. Museum officials authenticated the figurine, which is some 2,500 years old, and handed it over to the Egyptian ambassador Khaled Abdelrahman Abdellatif Shamaa. Ushabti figurines are grave goods that were intended to serve the deceased in the afterlife. Via

The oldest human Footprints are 3.7 million years old from Tanzania, Africa.

Fears for oldest human footprints : Nature News

Some of my personal and random photos from the Brooklyn Museum.

No description on most of the ancient art works, the shots were taken mostly for me but my girlfriend said after “why don’t you share it on your blog”? and so, voila! here I am. – Sola

I love this ancient bust face above, he seems so pleasant. The artist did a wonderful job with this one. I just can’t stop starring at it.

Robert Bauval Advanced Africans in Ancient Egypt 2015. Presents proof that an advanced black African civilization inhabited the Sahara long before Pharaonic Egypt Reveals black Africa to be at the genesis of ancient civilization and the human story Examines extensive studies into the lost civilization of the Star People by renowned anthropologists, archaeologists, genetic scientists, and cultural historians as well as the authors archaeoastronomy and hieroglyphics research Deciphers the history behind the mysterious Nabta Playa ceremonial area and its stone calendar circle and megaliths Relegated to the realm of archaeological heresy, despite a wealth of hard scientific evidence, the theory that an advanced civilization of black Africans settled in the Sahara long before Pharaonic Egypt existed has been dismissed and even condemned by conventional Egyptologists, archaeologists, and the Egyptian government.

Uncovering compelling new evidence, Egyptologist Robert Bauval presents the anthropological, climatological, archaeological, geological, and genetic research supporting this hugely debated theory of the black African origin of Egyptian civilization. Building upon extensive studies from the past four decades and their own archaeoastronomical and hieroglyphic research, the authors show how the early black culture known as the Cattle People not only domesticated cattle but also had a sophisticated grasp of astronomy; created plentiful rock art at Gilf Kebir and Gebel Uwainat; had trade routes to the Mediterranean coast, central Africa, and the Sinai; held spiritual and occult ceremonies; and constructed a stone calendar circle and megaliths at the ceremonial site of Nabta Playa reminiscent of Stonehenge, yet much older. Revealing these Star People as the true founders of ancient Egyptian civilization, his book completely rewrites the history of world civilization, placing black Africa back in its rightful place at the center of mankind s origins. .

Sorry if a few of the photos are a little blurry but you can visit this and other museums with Egyptian artifacts on display.

One this day I was multi-tasking, between taking pictures and spending time with friends.


This is one above is one of my favorite shots. I find this so beautiful.

I tried holding my camera steady but I had a few friends with me & I was slightly distracted. Let this be a lesson to all, sometimes it’s good to do things alone. I hope this inspires you to visit your local museum.

Love the hieroglyphics 

Don’t loose touch with who you are.

I love this hair do! 

When the Kingdom of Nubia or Kush (modern day North and South Sudan, and Ethiopia) conquered their enemies, Libyan Egypt, and established the 25th dynasty around 760 b.c.e.

Taharqa (unknown birth date, died c. 664 BC), was a Kushite king from what is today northern Sudan, and Pharaoh of the 25th dynasty of Egypt.

After his Nubian ancestors Piye and Shebitku conquered Egypt, Taharqa inherited this new kingdom. His rule was very prosperous, although riddled with conflicts against the Assyrians. His reign saw a large renaissance of ancient Egyptian and Kushite culture and prosperity. Taharqa successfully halted the Assyrian advance on Jerusalem, thus saving Hebrew culture from destruction, and beginning a peaceful period in Taharqa’s reign, during which he restored and built numerous temples, as well as building the largest pyramid of the Napatan region. This peaceful and prosperous period was boosted by abundant rainfall and good harvests that led to an age of abundance and prosperity in Egypt and Kush. However, later on during his rule, the Assyrians would attempt to invade Egypt. Despite Taharqa’s initial victory repelling the enemy forces, Memphis was eventually taken, with many members of the royal family being captured, forcing Taharqa to flee southwards. From the south, he fanned the flames of revolt and led his people to turn against their new oppressive rulers, alas, even after Taharqa momentarily held control once again, the Assyrians sent a second force, and took firmer control of northern Egypt, forcing him to flee to Thebes, where he would die, and appointed his heir, Tantamani. – Heroes of history


Disclaimer: “A few University professors interviewed for this documentary are Christian. I do not promote or endorse any pro-Bible/pro-Christian statements those individuals made. There is also a slight Afrocentric bias in the film, but it is not overpowering.”

– The Last Lad

I actually know a guy who has the same face as this statue below.

Some of these statues were behind plexi-glass casing, which makes it slightly difficult to photograph.

This took some time to photograph.

The Richard Pryor Comedy Show Below

Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, and actor. He is currently listed at Number 1 on Comedy Central’s list of all-time greatest stand-up comedians.

Richard Pryor – Screenwriter, Actor, Comedian – Biography 

This Statue below is breathtaking.

I can’t even imagine how long lions have been roaming Africa. The artist of this statue is beyond talented. 

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