Saturday, March 7, 2015

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, San Jose, CA (1/31/15)

When my wife told me she had never been to San Jose's Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, despite being raised in the South Bay, I knew the situation had to be remedied.  Even more shocking was my mother's admission that she, too, had never been.  So we all went together at the end of January, and brought Christopher as well.  Here are the photos.

We arrived just in time to take the tour of the recreation of a rock cut tomb.  Definitely worth seeing.

No strollers allowed inside (too many stairs).

In we go...

The recreated tomb continues below...

Back in the main museum, we realized that anything not contained inside glass was a cast, although some of the casts themselves were centuries old.  This is a cast of the Great Sphinx Tablet, which originally commemorated Pharaoh Thutmose IV's restoration of the Great Sphinx in Giza, roughly 3600 years ago.

Post-Pharaoh artifacts, from the Ptolemy period.

Cast of Esarhaddon, the Assyrian king who lived around 680 BC.  The original is in Berlin.

A statue of Amonemopet, a royal scribe (original but a composite due to damage).

Cast of Khaemwaset, Son of Rameses II, created by the British Museum.

Mortuary temple wall fragment, from the 19th / 20th Dynasty.  It reads "He gave to thee offerings of incense for the soul..."

Coffin of Lady Tadinanefer, from the Ptolemaic Period (when Macedonians descended from a general of Alexander the Great took over Egypt following Alexander's death), roughly 330 BC.

Cippus of Horus, from the Roman Period.  From the placard = "Bes watches over the child Horus as he shows mastery over dangerous animals.  If an Egyptian desired protection from these animals, he would pour water over this stele and then collect and drink it, creating an invisible shield over himself."

Canopic jars, from the New Kingdom.

Ptah-Sokar-Osiris, from the Late Period.

Coffin fragments, New Kingdom.

Coffin face, New Kingdom.

Both this and the following photo show a cast of the Law Code of Hammurabi, the king of Babylon.

This was pretty amazing = a rare cuneiform inscription by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.

A model of the Tower of Babel.

A cast of the Obelisk of Shalmaneser III; the original dates to roughly 824 BC.

Early dynastic coffin (Dynasty 2).  Believe it or not, this was made for a fully grown adult (who would be placed inside in a fetal position).  This was before mummification had been developed.

False door of Henuti, Dynasty 6 (Old Kingdom).

Offering stele of Iry and his wife Meru, Early First Intermediate Period.

Middle Kingdom coffin.

Mummy donation for Thoth, which actually doesn't have an animal inside.  The "body" is built around a jar, and the head is made of wood.  Pretty good fake for being thousands of years old!

Mummy mask, Ptolemaic Period.

Early 18th Dynasty coffin.

Lower half of a yellow coffin, 19th Dynasty.

Apis bull head, Dynasty 19.

Mummified baby crocodiles, Late Period.

Mummified cat, Late Ptolemaic Period.

Gilt ibis coffin, Late Period (no mummy inside).

Nubian Period coffin (Dynasty 25).

Mummy of an Upper-Class Egyptian Male, New Kingdom.  The identity is not known.

Believe it or not, this is a beer strainer from Nineveh, the ancient Assyrian capital.  Barley beer was quite thick back then, and needed to be strained prior to drinking.

I had a Sharks game that evening, so we needed to leave (we felt we did the museum justice).

Christopher wanted to reach out and touch the ducks on the grounds.

Coming up next - the 2015 Pebble Beach Pro-Am.  Stay tuned.

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