Egypt's Min. of Tourism and Antiquities organizes its second guided video tour about 1st backpack in history

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Sat, 11 Apr 2020 - 11:05 GMT

File- Statuette of Niankhpepy’s Servant.

File- Statuette of Niankhpepy’s Servant.

CAIRO - 11 April 2020: Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities organized its second guided video tour at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir on April 10.

The second guided tour which was presented by the Egyptian tour guides Fatma Abdala and Walid Al-Batouty was about the Statuette of Niankhpepy’s Servant.

Abdala and Batouty shed light on the first backpack in history, which is a basket with of two white straps, that we see on the Statuette of Niankhpepi's porter.

The wooden statuette featured here was discovered in the tomb of Niankhpepi, the “Supervisor of Upper Egypt” during the reign of the Sixth Dynasty King Pepi I, in Meir near al-Qusiya, Asyut governorate.

It depicts one of his servants carrying an ornate basket in one folded arm while he carries a second basket on his back by means of two white straps.

The first basket is decorated with a colorful grid of squares, and the one on his back with a wide leopard print band.

A keen eye will notice that the bag (basket) has two tapering legs beneath it that allowed it to be propped up when put on ground. ‪

Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities organised its first guided video tour at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir on April 9.

The first guided video tour was presented by Abdala and Batouty as well.

The tour highlighted two artifacts which are the Colossal statue of King Akhenaten and the Head of his wife Queen Nefertiti.

This colossus of Akhenaten is carved of sandstone. It is one of a series that represents the King that once stood in front of the pillars of a temple to the god Aten just east of Karnak.

It depicts the king holding the crook and the flail, symbols of kingship. They are characteristic of the early reign of Akhenaten, representing him with exaggerated features including narrow shoulders, a prominent belly, full hips, thin arms, and a very distinctive long face with a long nose, narrow, oblique eyes, and full lips.


Although unfinished, this quartzite statue of Nefertiti is remarkable. It was discovered in the workshop of Thutmose, a sculptor in Akhetaten (modern Tell al-Amarna), who must have been a master of his craft. The statue bears the powerful queen’s elegant features.

The two guided tours are produced by Media Hub group.

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