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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 Desert...

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

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

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

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

Clepsydra or water clock, faience, Egyptian, c. 4th century BC

Ancient Egyptian stela of Mentuwoser; shows Mentuwoser before a funeral banquet, with his relations offering food; hieroglyphs describe his deeds. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Painter's Palette Inscribed with the Name of Amenhotep III -- 1390-1353 BCE -- Metropolitan Museum of Art

One of the most famous mummies of the Taklamakan Desert is that of “Cherchen Man”. This European’s body was placed in a poplar-wood box, lowered into narrow shaft grave and left for eternity. His body dates back to 1000 BC and DNA analysis has shown that he was a Celt.

Roman ruins at Palmyra, in the heart of the desert, Syria.

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.

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Chalice,Third intermediate period. Dynasty 22,ca 945-712 BC Egypt,made in faience

Time facts and the pyramids...

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

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.

Hathor, Sky-Goddess of women, fertility and love. Temple of Kom Ombo, Aswan, Egypt.

"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."