MASTERWORKS IN STONE

A MEANS TO READILY VIEW AND ENJOY FAVORITE SCULPTED ART WORKS, BE IT FIGURES, RELIEFS, COLUMNS, FACINGS, BUILDINGS, ARCHITECTURAL WORKS, ENGINEERING MARVELS, AND OTHERS - MAN'S CREATIONS IN STONE AND AND OTHER MEDIUMS. BEAUTY AND ART IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

 

Nefertiti - Stone Face Under Stucco


In this undated photo composite released Tuesday, March 31, 2009 by the Radiological Society of North America, the bust of Nefertiti is shown. Researchers in Germany have used a modern medical procedure to uncover a secret within one of ancient Egypt's most treasured artworks _ the bust of Nefertiti has two faces. The differences between the faces, though slight _ creases at the corners of the mouth, a bump on the nose of the stone version _ suggest to Dr. Alexander Huppertz, director of the Imaging Science Institute at Berlin's Charite hospital and medical school, that someone expressly ordered the adjustments between stone and stucco when royal sculptors immortalized the wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten 3,300 years ago. (AP Photo/Radiological Society of North America)

Queen Nefertiti Bust Has Hidden Face, Revealed By CT Scan
Huffpost - Queen Nefertiti Bust Has Hidden Face, Revealed B

PATRICK McGROARTY | 03/31/09 09:11 PM | AP


BERLIN — Researchers in Germany have used a modern medical procedure to uncover a secret within one of ancient Egypt's most treasured artworks _ the bust of Nefertiti has two faces. A team led by Dr. Alexander Huppertz, director of the Imaging Science Institute at Berlin's Charite hospital and medical school, discovered a detailed stone carving that differs from the external stucco face when they performed a computed tomography, or CT, scan on the bust.

The findings, published Tuesday in the monthly journal Radiology, are the first to show that the stone core of the statue is a highly detailed sculpture of the queen, Huppertz said.

"Until we did this scan, how deep the stucco was and whether a second face was underneath it was unknown," he said. "The hypothesis was that the stone underneath was just a support."

The differences between the faces, though slight _ creases at the corners of the mouth, a bump on the nose of the stone version _ suggest to Huppertz that someone expressly ordered the adjustments between stone and stucco when royal sculptors immortalized the wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten 3,300 years ago.

"Changes were made, but some of them are positive, others are negative," Huppertz said.

John H. Taylor, a curator for Ancient Egypt and Sudan at the British Museum in London, said the scan raises interesting questions about why the features were adjusted _ but that answers will probably remain elusive.

"One could deduce that the final version was considered in some way more acceptable than the 'hidden' one, though caution is needed in attempting to explain the significance of these changes," Taylor wrote in an e-mail.

The bust underwent a similar CT scan in 1992. But the more primitive scanner used then only generated cross sections of the statue every 5 millimeters _ not enough detail, Huppertz said, to reveal the subtlety of the carving hidden just 1-2 millimeters under the stucco.

Egyptologist Ludwig Borchardt discovered the bust in 1912 and added it to Berlin's Egyptian collection on Museum Island, a cluster of five neoclassical art halls that make up one of the city's most familiar landmarks.

Currently on display at the Altes Museum, the bust will move next door when the Neues Museum reopens in October after a lengthy restoration by British architect David Chipperfield.

In 2007, Wildung denied a request from Egypt's antiquities chief to borrow the bust for an exhibition, saying it was too fragile to transport. Huppertz said the results of his scan added credence to that claim.

Taylor, the British Museum curator, said the better understanding of the bust's structure will also help preserve it.

"The findings are particularly significant for the information they shed on the constructional process and the subsurface condition of the bust, which will be of value in ensuring its long-term survival in good condition" Taylor said.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/03/31/queen-nefertiti-bust-has-_n_181312.html?show_comment_id=22590196


Labels:


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

 

Seven Ancient Wonders of the World

The Seven Ancient Wonders of the World

click on small pictures for enlargements


  • The Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt

    Photo Credit: Dreamstime

    The Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt

    The Great Pyramid at Giza is both the oldest ancient wonder and the only one still standing today. It was built as a mausoleum for the pharaoh Khufu around 2650 BC and for over 4,000 years remained the world's tallest structure.

  • The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Iraq

    Photo Credit: A 16th century depiction of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon (by Martin Heemskerck)

    The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Iraq

    According to legend, 6th-century Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar had a colossal maze of waterfalls and dense vegetation planted across his palace for a wife, who missed her lush homeland. Archaeologists still debate the garden's existence.

  • The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece

    Photo Credit: Ancient artwork depicting the Statue of Zeus in Olympia (by Martin Heemskerck)

    The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece

    Built around 450 BC and 40 feet tall, the seated figure of Greece's Olympic deity was the country's most revered piece of art. Zeus was so impressive that games' visitors routinely wept at its sight and the Roman emperor Caligula tried to steal it.

  • The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Turkey

    Photo Credit: Fantastic reconstruction of the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, depicted here in a hand-colored engraving (by Martin Heemskerck)

    The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Turkey

    Even the ancient historians who saw and compiled the list of wonders couldn't believe the immense beauty of the marble Temple of Artemis, built in 550 BC by a local king. It was set ablaze a few centuries later by a man seeking fame.

  • The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, Turkey

    Photo Credit: A fanciful interpretation of the Mausoleum of Maussollos, from a 1572 engraving by Martin Heemskerck

    The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, Turkey

    Built for a king of little note, this glorified headstone made the list for its incredible marble and gold details, reportedly awe-inspiring to any who saw it. The 4th-century BC monument was eventually dismantled and its stones used in other local building.

  • The Colossus of Rhodes, Greece

    Photo Credit: The Colossus of Rhodes, depicted in this hand-colored engraving by Martin Heemskerck, was built about 280 B.C.

    The Colossus of Rhodes, Greece

    This statue of the God Helios presided for just 60 years over the harbor entrance on Rhodes, but that was long enough to create a legend. People came to see its 100 feet of ruins for years after it was felled by an earthquake in 226 BC.

  • The Lighthouse of Alexandria, Greece

    Photo Credit: The Pharos of Alexandria, an ancient lighthouse, is depicted in this hand-colored engraving by Martin Heemskerck.

    The Lighthouse of Alexandria, Greece

    Both practical and beautiful, the 400-foot lighthouse at the mouth of Alexandria harbor started guiding sailors home around 250 BC. A fire made the lighthouse glow at night and a mirror reflected sun rays during the day, some say up to 35 miles away.

Click to Enlarge Click Image to Enlarge

Labels:


Monday, June 09, 2008

 

King Tut's Treasures - assorted videos

  1. Treasures from King Tut's Tomb, a clip from "King Tut, Ramses and Me", a free Intrepid Berkeley Explorer video of time travel in Egypt; featuring t...
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LskgBKYloU - 102k - Cached
  2. ...............................................................................
  3. ... century suffered a strange fate amidst unlikely events.Tut's Treasures : THURS JUNE 5 8P et/pt : http://channe... In fact, King Tut's tomb didn't have many ...
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjEZ2JpiFlE - 158k - Cached
  4. ..............................................................
  5. ... anywhere in the world. EON immerses you into King Tut's Tomb! This Museum is chock full of multimedia enabling ... 25. King Tut's Golden Treasures, Egyptian ...
    youtube.com/watch?v=aBOlUujN2uU&feature=related - 86k - Cached
  6. King Tut Exhibit exhibit at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia ... [TRANSLATED] Tut's Treasures. Tut's Treasures [TRANSLATED] Tut's Treasures ...
    youtube.com/watch?v=IJX-qvsE26g - 129k - Cached
  7. The Discovery of King Tut's tomb in Three short minutes. ... 1:25. King Tut's Golden Treasures, Egyptian Museum, C... 20,034 views. intrepberkexplorer ...
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IQHtsdCPp4 - 81k - Cached
  8. King Tut's face was bared to the public Sunday, the first time the iconic pharaoh has been displayed since ... 04:11. Tut's Treasures. 16,075 views ...
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8WcfoT6JvY&feature=related - 152k - Cached
  9. Google Earth Pro Trial edition, Its a seperate .kvw file from the website you-globe.com ... [TRANSLATED] King Tut's Golden Treasures, Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt ...
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMhYwxYO9a0&feature=related - 128k - Cached
  10. [TRANSLATED] KING TUT'S GOLDEN TREASURES!!! KING TUT'S GOLDEN TREASURES! ... [TRANSLATED] KING TUT'S GOLDEN TREASURES!!! king tut's golden treasures that were ...
    www.youtube.com/user/pharaohfox - 76k - Cached
  11. National Geographic Video Short ... The Truth about "King "Tut" 6,092 views. TechCore. Added. 04:11. Tut's Treasures. 16,666 views ...
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3F4dEEQOzE - 105k - Cached
  12. ... is at the O2 in London beginning November, 2007 with 130 ancient Egyptian artifacts and treasures. ... 25. King Tut's Golden Treasures, Egyptian Museum, ...
    www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&hl=en-GB&v=BMCAof6AucU - 83k - Cached
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next >

Labels:


Thursday, June 05, 2008

 

Iraq gallery

..........................................................



http://www.atlastours.net/gallery/iraq/

Click on thumbnails for enlargement


Iraq Photo Gallery

Page 1 of 3
Baghdad Photo GalleryThe Hanging Gardens of the kingdom of BabyloniaThe great ziggurat of AgargoafRuins of Assur Ziggurat
Stone Relief Carving from AssurIshtar Gate - The Original One at Berlin MuseumDetail of the throne room of King NebuchadnezzarKing Hummurabi, the famous king and law-giver
Ruins of the Hanging GardensThe Lion of BabylonAnah Minaret, BasraOld Houses in Basra
Borsippa Tower or ZigguratThe Shrine of Prophet Abraham (pbuh)The great banqueting-hall of Sapor's great palaceThe Ancient Site of Eridu
The Temple of Shamash (the Sun God)A Column Capital in the North TempleThe Statue of Abbu in the Great TempleThe tomb of Imam Abbas
Next Page


Iraq Photo Gallery

Page 2 of 3
Al-Abbaseyya Shrine Main GateAl-Husseineyya Shrine Main GateDecorations of Al-Abbaseyya ShrineRelief of Attendants Carrying a Desk and a Bed
Ruins of the Red-Bricks ZigguratRuins of the Grand PalaceMarshes House from InsideMarshy lowlands surrounding Shatt El-Arab waterway
Houses in old Mosul on the banks of the TigrisNuriddin Mosque courtyard and Al-Hadba (The Humped)Old Churches and Monasteries of MosulInside Mar Petion Church
St. George's Monastery (Mar Gurguis)The mosque of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (kaw)Imam Ali Mosque Main EntranceEntrance of King Ashurnasirpal II Palace
Throne-Dais of King Shalmaneser IIIRelief in Palace of King Ashurnasirpal IIAl-Masqa Gate, NinevehAssyrian Relief, Nineveh
Previous Page | Next Page



Iraq Photo Gallery

Page 3 of 3
Eve's Tree or Adam's tree, QurnaThe famous Spiral of Samarra (Al-Malweyya)Al-Askareyya Shrine, SamarraGeneral View of the Second Floor of Ukhaidir
Ceiling of the Mosque of UkhaidirThe massive ziggurat of Nanna, UrVotive Vase of Dark Gray Steatite, UrCuneiform Writing of Stamp of Nabuchednezzar II, Ur
Terracotta Figurine, UrThe famous Golden Harp of UrVotive Vase 3000 BC, UrukWhite Marble Head of a Sumerian Woman, Uruk


Upper Part of an Alabaster Statue, UrukWhite Limestone Jug, Uruk

Labels:


Archives

May 2006   July 2007   October 2007   December 2007   May 2008   June 2008   February 2009   March 2009  

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?