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Watch as thousands of years of decay are rewound and ancient objects are restored to their original glory
Userhat and Nut Beneath a Sycamore Tree
Transition video showing my reproduction of a painting from the Tomb of Userhat, a wab-priest in the mortuary cult of Thutmosis I, dating to Dynasty 19. The deceased Userhat meets Nut, the goddess of the sycamore tree. He sits with his wife and mother sit in the shade of a colourful tree and is receiving the water Nut is pouring for them in three golden vessels. Before them is a table laden with offerings of fruit, vegetables and flowers, whilst their souls in the form of Ba-birds fly above their heads and stand on a T-shaped pool.
Brothers or Lovers? Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep
Transition video showing my reproduction of a tomb painting from the Dynasty 5 Mastaba of Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum. On the western wall of the outer hall of their tomb is a striking portrayal of the two men in close embrace, their noses touching in a pose that is the most intimate allowed in Egyptian art. This has led many to speculate on the relationship of the two men; were they brothers? Twins? Lovers? If the latter was true, they would be the first same-sex couple recorded in history.
Scribe Neqbed Praising Osiris and Nekhbet in the Afterlife
Transition video showing my reproduction of a vignette from the Book of the Dead created for the royal scribe Nebqed, scribe of Ma'at in the house of Ma'at during the reign of king Amenhotep III around 1400 BC. Nebqed can be seen wearing standing before a pile of funerary offerings, including bundles of lotus flowers, baskets of fruits and grain, bread, fowl and cuts of meat. He wears a wig with triangular stepped sides, a white linen robe, and a scribal palette is tucked into his belt.
Musicians at the Feast of Nebamun
Transition video showing my reproduction of a feasting scene from the tomb chapel of Nebamun in Thebes, Egypt, now on display in the British Museum. It shows a group of female musicians playing instruments, singing and clapping as they perform a song for the feast-goers. The words of the song dedicated to the gods Ptah and Geb are written above their heads.
The Boy-King Tutankhamun and His Young Wife Ankhesenamun
Transition video showing my reproduction of the decoration on a small panel found on a golden statue shrine known as a Noas in the treasury room of Tutankhamun’s tomb. It depicts Princess Ankhesenamun sitting with her husband the boy king Tutankhamun, who is pouring fragrant perfume into her hands.
The God Iah-Thoth Receiving the Wadjet
Transition video showing my reproductionof a Dynasty 19 stela dedicated to the deceased spirit of Neferrenpet, a sculptor from Dier el-Medina, the workman’s village c. 1279-1213 BC. The inscription praises the healing power of the god Iah-Thoth, who is shown as an ibis-headed man, riding on the solar barque through the night sky. The god is being presented with a wadjet, or Eye of Horus, by the baboon-form of Thoth, which represents the healing power and protection of the god.
Akhenaten, Nefertiti and Family Beneath the Aten
Transition video showing my reproduction of a Dynasty 18 stela found in a private home in Amarna depicting the heretical king Akhenaten and his family worshipping the sun-god Aten. Akhenaten and his wife Queen Nefertiti are shown seated on cushioned stools bearing the sema-tawy symbol. Between them stands their eldest daughter, Meritaten and the younger daughters Meketaten and Ankhesenpaaten sit on Nefertiti’s lap. Above the royal family is the red disk of the sun god Aten, whose rays reach out towards the family and end in hands holding Ankhs, the symbol of life.
Nebamun Hunting in the Marshes in the Afterlife
Transition video showing my reproduction of a tomb painting from the 18th Dynasty tomb chapel of Nebamun. Nebamun is shown hunting birds in a small boat with his wife Hatshepsut and their young daughter, in the marshes of the Nile. The hieroglyphic caption says Nebamun is "taking enjoyment (and) seeing good things".
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