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The Sphinx nose was hacked off by Islamic Arabic invaders who believed that images of things were sinful. Facing east towards the rising sun shifting sands covered it for centuries. It was dug out in 1925. Restored many times by multiple dynasties and rulers. And also by the Ptolemies and Romans. Not known who the Sphinx depicts though definitely a pharaoh. Built before the reign of Khufu, one of the greatest mysteries is extensive water damage despite being on the edge of the Saharan…

Perfume bottle in the shape of a hes-vase inlaid with the figure of a princess Period: New Kingdom, Amarna Period Dynasty: Dynasty 18 Reign: reign of Akhenaten Date: ca. 1353–1336 B.C. Geography: Egypt

Stela of Raneb Period: Dynasty 2 Dynasty: Dynasty 2 Reign: reign of Raneb Date: ca. 2880 B.C. Geography: Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara; includes the Serapeum, Tomb of Raneb, probably Medium: Granite

Large Kneeling Statue of Hatshepsut Period: New Kingdom Dynasty: Dynasty 18 Reign: Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III Date: ca. 1473–1458 B.C. Geography: Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Senenmut Quarry & Mentuhotep Causeway, MMA 1927-1928 Medium: Granite

STAR GATES: Menat of Taharqo, Late Period, WHAT IS THE MESSAGE??? WHAT DO YOU SEE??? Dynasty 25, reign of Taharqo, ca. 690–664 b.c.The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Model of a Garden Period: Middle Kingdom Dynasty: Dynasty 12 Reign: reign of Amenemhat I, early Date: ca. 1981–1975 B.C.

An Egyptian New Kingdom Cedar Wood Ushabti of Yuya cedar wood and ink, New Kingdom,Dynasty XVIII.Reing of Amenothep III,ca 1390-1352 BC

On the stela, Isis speaks and recounts that while she and Horus were still hiding in the marshes, the child became ill. In her despair, she cried for help to the "Boat of Eternity" (the sun boat in which the god travels over the sky), "and the sun disk stopped opposite her and did not move from his place." Thoth was sent from the sun boat to help Isis and cured Horus by reciting a catalogue of spells. The spells always ended with the phrase "and the protection of the afflicted as well,"…

This painter's palette was carved from a single piece of ivory and tinted with red and black stain. Six oval wells contain cakes of pigments including blue, green, brown(?), yellow, red, and black. The oval cartouche at one end encircles the throne name of Amenhotep III, Nebmaatre, and the epithet "beloved of Re."

Solar Boat This cedar boat is one of two found by the Great Pyramid at Giza, intact but dismantled. It took 12 years to reconstruct it. There is another one still in its original pit, and there were three additional pits on the other side that were empty. The king needed 2 to travel with the sun across the sky, 2 to travel through the night, and one to cross to the underworld

Horsetail Fall in California flows only in winter and spring. Most days of its “life” this fall has a regular color. But every February, just for a couple of days, this fall turns into the fire. Lit by the sun, Horsetail Fall reflects orange and red rays.

Masada - Israel's mountain fortress constructed by King Herod; situated atop an isolated rock cliff at the western end of the Judean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea; one route up is the Snake Path, a winding path that climbs 1,400 feet to the summit

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There’s a First Time For Everything

The first.... beginning with digital camera

The Lion Temple at Naqa. The well preserved Lion Temple in Sudan located at Naqa is one of the most beautiful, eccentric and unique temple I have ever seen in my travels. The distinctively brown in colour temple was built by King Natakamani. Known for his passion for arts, Natakamani left a number of buildings and temples. The front of this Lion Temple depicts the king and his wife Amanitore in separate scenes, holding their enemies by the hair while ready to deal a crushing blow

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Awesome time facts…

Time facts and the pyramids...

During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded honor of the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946.

"Imagine the summer of 1905. At the races at Auteuil (near Paris) a woman appeared wearing trousers in public for the first time. Her name is unknown, but this is a picture of her. Police men had to protect her against the curiosity and outrage of the crowd. The incident dominated the newspapers for days on end."