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In Pictures: Inside The Egyptian Museum

Tue, Feb. 16, 2016
In an effort to draw in more visitors, the Egyptian Museum recently allowed free photography for a limited time. Photo Editor Mohsen Allam went inside to capture a series of images of some of the museum's most iconic and stunning pieces.

[caption id="attachment_454033" align="alignleft" width="620"]Rahotep, high priest of Heliopolis, and his wife Nofret, whose name means "The Beautiful." A vivid feeling is conveyed by te two figures, which feature remarkable preservation of the painted surface. Rahotep, high priest of Heliopolis, and his wife Nofret, whose name means "The Beautiful." A vivid feeling is conveyed by the two figures, which feature remarkable preservation of the painted surface.[/caption]

A blue painted sculpture of Nofret, a noblewoman and princess who lived during the 4th dynasty.

The funerary mask of Queen Nefertiti.

[caption id="attachment_454040" align="alignleft" width="620"]The funerary mask of Yuya, father of Tiye,  who became the Great Royal Wife of Amenhotep III. Yuya was a powerful courtier who lived in the 18th Dynasty. The funerary mask of Yuya, father of Tiye, who became the Great Royal Wife of Amenhotep III. Yuya was a powerful courtier who lived in the 18th Dynasty.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_454036" align="alignleft" width="620"]A mannequin of Tatankhamun, a very life-like representation made of wood, covered in plaster and painted. A mannequin of Tutankhamun, a very life-like representation made of wood, covered in plaster and painted.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_454034" align="alignleft" width="620"]The Saqqara Bird Statue, a falcon-shaped bird from the Late New Kingdom. The Saqqara Bird Statue, a falcon-shaped bird from the Late New Kingdom.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_454039" align="alignleft" width="620"]Canopic jars were used by the ancient Egyptians during the mummification process to store and preserve the viscera of their owner for the afterlife. They were often carved from limestone or made of clay. Canopic jars were used by the ancient Egyptians during mummification to store the viscera of their owner for the afterlife. They were often carved from limestone or made of clay.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_454024" align="alignleft" width="620"]A statue of Anubis, the Ancient Egyptian god of the afterlife, from the Middle Kingdom. A statue of Anubis, the Ancient Egyptian god of the afterlife, from the Middle Kingdom.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_454031" align="alignleft" width="620"]The funerary mask of Nekhet-iset from the Late Period. The funerary mask of Nekhet-iset from the Late Period.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_454025" align="alignleft" width="620"]Known at "The Gilded Lady," this mummy's headdress is made of cartonnage (glued layers of papyrus or linen) and covered with gilding. The golden skin signifies divinity. This mummy's headdress is made of cartonnage (glued layers of papyrus or linen) and covered with gilding. The golden skin signifies divinity.[/caption]

The funerary mask of Queen Hatshepsut.

[caption id="attachment_454023" align="alignleft" width="620"]An embodiment of Amun Ra, the god of the sun, and a display of his powers. A mural showing Ramses II grasping the enemies of Egypt by the hair.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_454037" align="alignleft" width="620"]The famous golden mask that was found over the royal mummy's head when King Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered. The piece is one of the museum's most iconic. The famous golden mask that was found over the royal mummy's head when King Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered. The piece is one of the museum's most iconic displays.[/caption]

A statue of Selket, the protective goddess of Tutankhamun's shrine.

[caption id="attachment_454028" align="alignleft" width="620"]An embodiment of the king's offering to Isis, the goddess of the earth. A mural showing an offering to Osiris, the god of the underworld.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_454029" align="alignleft" width="620"]A statue of Mitri as a scribe. Mitri was one of the prominent figures in the 6th Dynasty who served in many positions. The statue was found in his tomb at Saqqara. A statue of Mitri as a scribe. Mitri was one of the prominent figures in the 6th Dynasty who served in many positions. His statue was found in his tomb at Saqqara.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_454038" align="alignleft" width="620"]A sculpture of a young Tutankhamun. A sculpture of a young Tutankhamun.[/caption]
 
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