Must-See New York: Stunning Egyptian Art and Adornments at the Met

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This is a face fragment that was part of a full body statue of King Senwosret III who reigned for a period during 1878-1840 BC. The expression is softer than you normally see in sculptures of Egyptian Kings, but the two grooves in the middle of his forehead still evoke a concentration and seriousness. The sculptor did an incredible job of creating the illusion of flesh out of stone.

I was SO excited when I came across this wig covered in solid gold tubular ornaments. Though this wig is a modern version of a wig that was found on a mummy (the real artifact is way too delicate to display), the ornaments are authentic and date to some time between 1887-1813 BC.

I had never seen anything like this before other than in movies or painted scenes and it was fascinating to see this type of hair decoration up-close and in-person.

The collection of jewellery at The Met was unlike anything I have seen anywhere else, and I wanted ALL OF IT. There’s something about the colour combinations and use of stone that I love (I’m sure it also has something to do with the fact that every piece is giant).

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