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Egyptian art at the Louvre – 6

Amun protecting Tutankhamun. Made of diorite, the statue shows the god Amun protecting the most famous boy-king of Egypt. I was puzzled by the two extensions on top of the god’s head-dress; turns out they’re two feathers, a symbol of his divinity. The head of the boy-pharaoh was destroyed by a succeeding one, a punishment for the crimes against god committed by his father, the heretic Akhenaten. Amun’s hands are also missing: a sign that divine favor was not extended to the son of the hater heretic. The features of Amun though are those of Tutankhamun himself: no one dared destroy the visage of the god!
A gold bowl, remnants of a silver one, and a vase. Part of the grave goods of a famous general from the time of Thutmose III, Djehuty. His grave goods are spread across European museums, though ironically, his grave, the site of origin of this bounty has been lost. Djehuty apparently became some sort of a cult figure and there were legends and stories associated with his name. One of those, the story of how he captured Jaffa, is in the British Museum. Imagine walking through the city today and thinking of the day the owner of these goods rode through the streets like a conqueror…

About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.

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3 thoughts on “Egyptian art at the Louvre – 6

  1. …two feathers, a symbol of his divinity, wow!
    Your virtual tour of the Egyptian at the Louvre so very interesting, fascinating, educational… They are beautifully and eloquently presented (I may have said that before). Thank you, Dr. Hb for another incredible post.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Amy | 19/03/2019, 6:30 AM

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