Museum

The day we left London for a late flight we spent most of it at the British Museum. It was within walking distance of our hotel and is always a pleasure to visit, even if it was packed with people this being Sunday and the fact that entrance is free. They have the best Egyptian exhibit, hands down, that I’ve ever seen.

The lobby is stunning.

Some of the architectural Greek ruins taken from Greece. I bet they’d like them back.

This is how the museum started with the Age of Enlightenment based on the collections of Sir Hans Sloane. It opened to the public is 1759. We found it very interesting full of sea shells, fossils, etc. The room was beautiful too.

The Egyptian section was loaded with mummies and sarcophagi, some very expensively decorated.

I don’t know why this guy was green. I tried to find out on Google with no success.

A calf mummy! They had cats too.

, butter

From the wall of a tomb. I love seeing details that show life back then, the cat, birds, butterfly and plant life. No dogs though.

5 thoughts on “Museum

  1. I think he is green because green is the color of vegetation. Life depeded on annual renewal of the crops and the Pharoah assured that. He is the living god Osiris. I could be wrong about the name but he represents fertility and the renewal of life.

  2. I love everything about ancient Egypt and love the exhibits at the British Museum. One surprising place for Egyptian artifacts is the Vatican Museum, which has one of the world’s largest collections. And nobody goes there–they all are squeezed into the Sistine Chapel.
    Greece does indeed want its ruins back and is in litigation (Amal Clooney, wife of George, is their lawyer). The items you show, plus some others, are known as the Elgin Marbles, aka “the greatest art theft in history.”

    1. I enjoyed your blog posting on little old ladies, children and life in your village. I let my oldest son walk home at a very young age and often wonder what I was thinking. Mostly it was because I had a new baby at home. I think about my childhood set loose in neighborhoods for hours, being in cars with no seat belts, really a lot of freedom. Times have really changed.

  3. Nice photos. Did you see the Elgin Marbles? (The Greek ruin you picture probably is one of them.) Sounds like a good explanation for the green pharaoh.

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