The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is hosting a traveling exhibit on Egyptian history complete with miniature replicas of pyramids and temples. It’s much bigger than the permanent exhibit that they have on Egyptology.
The first section covers the importance of the Nile River to the Egyptians during those times and how it contributed to the success of living near such a resource. There is a short flick about the animals and plant life.
The areas after this explore the beliefs of Gods, the written word, the time of the pharaohs, sacred places, crafted jewelries and death. The chronology of the exhibit made it easy to digest all the information, because as we all know from attending museums it can be overwhelming and exhausting.
I found the last part to be quite interesting, I think for most people the part about death and afterlife has a perverse appeal to it. It’s amazing how the Egyptian dealt with death. In this section they had a sarcophagus with a mummified woman. What was unique about it is that with advanced CT scans scientists were able to see what her face looked like.
I know this is not art, but nonetheless it’s fascinating. I did mention that they had a craft area showcasing beautiful jewelry and textiles. The beaded collars are a highlight. They’re intricate and complex.
If you want to learn more about Egyptian history for a class or just for the fun of it, I plan on posting an article on that shortly. And of course, it will be simplified, not academic.