To put this in perspective — most modern countries count their histories in hundreds of years. Only modern China can come anywhere near this in terms of historical continuity. Egyptian culture declined and disappeared nearly two thousand years ago.
Some of these images can be found at these sites. The footage appears to show wooden statues from the tomb of Tutankhamun with the gilded figure of the king ripped from the smashed bases.
Images below show the statues in their original state, and their current condition: Gilded statue of Tutankhamun hunting on a papyrus skiff Gilded statue of Tutankhamun astride a panther Middle Kingdom models of daily life and their have been smashed.
Soldiers of Mehseti, Asyut, 11th dynasty It is an incredibly sad state of affairs as we await news of the full extent of this destruction of history. See update from Jan 31st, 11am below for further info.
For a colour photo of these statues, see these photos from the blog of Richard Seaman.
In the comments, Tamakazura has correctly identified the gilded open work cartonnage case shown on Al Jazeera as belonging to Tjuya, mother of egyptian writing and art great Queen Tiye and great-grandmother of Tutankhamun. Below you can compare a photo from The Complete Valley of the King s, p.
This suggests that the two mummies mentioned by Dr. Zahi Hawass as being beheaded and severely damaged may be those of Yuya and Tjuya.
Aiden Dodson has been able to confirm that the case was displayed separately from Tjuya, so her mummy has not been damaged. They are important historical figures as well as two of the best preserved mummies from ancient Egypt, so it would indeed be tragic if this is true.
I hope that the incredible burial assemblage found with them, one of the most celebrated discoveries in Egyptology, has not suffered also. Also, in this Al Jazeera report, Dr. Zahi Hawass, comments on the damage at the museum: The gold fan head featured in the Al Jazeera footage appears to be a fan belonging to Tutankhamun.
Here is a photo from the original excavations courtesy of the Griffith Institute- the fan in question is on the far left- and a screen shot of the fan lying in the museum.
At least it appears that only the shaft has been broken off and the decoration has been left intact. I fear it may be more, but I hope that Dr. Hawass is correct that the damage is minimal.
At least his comments are reassuring about the current security situation at the museum, as well as some inspiring words for the Egyptians who attempted to protect the museum.
Zeit Online in German and translated into English has posted an interview with Wafaa el-Saddik, the director of the Egyptian Museum up until very recently, who says that 13 cases have been smashed, some objects have definitely been stolen, the looting of the museum was an inside job by guards and police, and that the museum in Memphis has also been looted.
Zahi Hawass has posted a statement on his own blog. He confirms the destruction of one of the Tutankhamun panther statues. See below for images from the wonderful Griffith Institute of the statues as they were found in situ in the Valley of the Kings: I should also mention that this Al Jazeera screen capture shows a soldier uprooted from the great model army of Meseti, from Asyut, which I mentioned above.
At least four of these figures appear to have been torn from the year old model. You can see photos of the statues in questions on at these exhibition links. Paul, Minnesota on February 18th, If you factor in the time needed to move the objects and set up the new exhibition space, they must be in one of those cities.
I have contacted the exhibition organisers to see if I can confirm this. This would suggest that the broken sandalled feet shown in the Al Jazeera footage belong to the figure of Tutankhamun from the panther statue. Other objects shown in the footage but difficult to specifically identify appear to include a smashed shabti figurine, a bronze statuette of the Apis bull, a travertine calcite alabaster vessel, faience jewellery, and a faience hippo figurine from Lisht.
The large wooden statue shown in the screen capture below comes from the Meseti boat model. Another model figure shown in the footag, kneeling and armless, also appears to be from the same model. There are worrying reports of archaeological sites and museums around the country being targeted but no concrete information as of yet.
Nevertheless, I am still inspired and awed by the valiant efforts of ordinary Egyptian citizens taking a stand to protect the heritage of which they are so proud.
Zahi Hawass has reportedly been appointed to the new government position of Minister of Antiquities, and Gaber Asfour has been named Minister of Culture. This confirms that the statue was not removed from the museum at the time of damage. Hawass has stated that while tombs have indeed been broken into, nothing has been taken damaged.
In terms of following future stories about the archaeological situation in Egypt, Kate Phizackerley has set up a database of information on sites and museums. The two new images appear to show a smashed and emptied case in the foreground with a few gilded canes and sticks lying on top.History and Development of Egyptian Sculpture.
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