Researching British Museum

 The room that interested me the most was the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery. The exhibits include " stylised depictions of kings, deities and symbolic objects ranging from the time of the Old Kingdom to the middle of the Roman Period as well as architectural pieces from temples and tombs." 

An imposing stone bust of the great pharaoh Ramesses II presides over the room, close to the world-famous Rosetta Stone with its three inscribed scripts which led to the decipherment of hieroglyphs – Egypt’s ancient form of pictographic writing.

The pieces were old but well preserved. They were exquisite and had lots of detail.

The bottom left statue is the upper part of a limestone statue of Queen Ahmose-Merytamun from Kamak, Egypt, early 18th Dynasty about 1500BC. The inscriptions on the base are damaged but give the name of the Queen, wife and siter. The Queen is shown wearing one of the earliest example of the so-called "Hathor-wig" a style of wig that resembles one worn by the godess Hathor. 

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