Above is one of two sphinxes that guarded the temple of Isis at Cleopatra's palace. The head of this one resembles Cleopatra's father, King Ptolemy XII, who was also known as Auletes, "the flute player".
The immense wealth of the Egyptian pharaohs inspired awe and envy throughout the ancient world. As pharaoh, Cleopatra received a percentage of the assets of her subjects. Her lifestyle was opulent and luxurious. She ate and drank from plates and goblets made of pure gold, dressed herself in finest silks and adorned herself with magnificent jewelry, perhaps similar to the ones seen above and below.
Gold Bracelet with Lion Heads, 3rd c. B.C. Found at Bubastis, eastern Nile Delta, 1905.
Shown were also utilitarian items, such as the bronze ewer and the incense vessel, both from the Ptolemaic Period.
What a charming expression on this Gilded Mask. It is gypsum, glass, gold and limestone, 1st c. A.D.
The only description on this object was "Osiris-Canopus, Marble, 1st-2nd c. A.D., Canopus".
Osiris was the god of the afterlife, the underworld and the dead.
I liked it's reflections on the back wall. The exhibition was very crowded , the light level very low and it was virtually impossible to get decent pictures. Photography was allowed, without flash.
This Piece of Statue in granite from the Roman Period is a favorite of mine. I love the serenity and dignity of his expression.
This figure shows a Ptolemaic royal standing in a pose commonly seen in ancient Egyptian sculpture.
Interesting that the wall paintings and hieroglyphics show figures with head and legs from profile and the the torso from front, in very stylized, stiff postures but the statues are very realistic.
Cleopatra's palace was situated on Antirrhodus island in the great port of Alexandria. This statue of a temple priest with a jar representing the god Osiris stood before the temple of Isis at the palace.
The exhibition certainly revived my interest in ancient Egypt and it's art and culture. Now I can't wait to go there.