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The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology first opened its doorways in 1915, and because then has attracted viewers from around the world in addition to delivering priceless instructing assets. Named after its founder, the pioneering archaeologist Flinders Petrie, the Museum holds greater than 80,000 items and is among the biggest and best collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology on the planet. Richly illustrated and engagingly written, the publication strikes backward and forward among fresh heritage and the traditional prior, among items and other people. specialists speak about the invention, heritage and care of key gadgets within the collections resembling the Koptos lions and Roman period panel graphics. the wealthy and sundry heritage of the Petrie Museum is published by means of the secrets and techniques that sit down on its cabinets.

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The ancient Egyptian figurines came into the Petrie in 1970, while ninety-four cat figurines from different periods produced outside of Egypt went to Norwich Castle Museum. The Langtons’ cats exemplify a serious issue in regard to the collection of antiquities. 33 The collection of specific objects for a specific purpose could lead to the acquisition of forgeries, because dealers – then as now – supply the existing demand. How many of the Langton cats are real and how many fake? Debbie Challis 72 THE PETRIE MUSEUM OF EGYPTIAN ARCHAEOLOGY Above: Hilda Petrie with a cat, Jerusalem 1934.

Greater context for this problematic f r agment was not a tta ined until the discovery in 1928 of a more complete version of the tale. It was found amidst a library for merly owned by the New Kingdom scribe Kenherkhepeshef and it details the legal, physical and magical conflicts of Horus and Seth. However, t h e l a t e r t e x t i s m o re p r a g m a t i c a l l y brutal in its handling of the fragmentary Petrie episode, which is more concerned with Seth’s flattery of Horus. 21 It is, however, indicative of the Egyptians’ complex attitude towards Seth that a New Kingdom temple was erected to him at his historic cult centre of Naqada, just north of modern Luxor.

45–7) it is associated with life in Paradise. Rock crystal also appealed because it was rare and completely transparent. The raw crystal was imported from various regions, but also found in Egypt in the Western Desert and Sinai. It was difficult to work (which might explain the rather elongated form of the creature in the Petrie), and only a few centres of production are known. Persian traveller Nasir Khusraw (d. ad 1088) describes a visit to the Suq al Qanadil (Lamp Market) in Cairo, where he saw rock crystal being carved.

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