Scene of a ground breaking ceremony accompanied by a group of musicians. Drawn on a Papyrus scroll found in an Egyptian tomb.
Tambourines and musical rattles.
Double flute. (was woven together with string at the mouth piece, but that part deteriorated too badly.)
Set of beautiful and surprisingly tall harps. Used for accompanying singing and dancing as well as religious ceremonies and private listening sessions in the home.
Games and Toys
Some ancient games were also displayed, such as the Semet sets shown here with the original pawns.
Some of the pawns used for the Semet game.
Ancient dice sets, very recognizable, as they are still used today. These could have been used to play a game called 58 holes. In the background you can see a very old ball.
It was delightful to spend some time wondering through these carefully preserved items. It made the Ancient Egyptian people more approachable, and real. Seeing that they were simple people with some of the same concerns as us, food, drink, beauty and pleasure, just makes them seem more alive today. Their art was very distinct and permeated every aspect of their lives, something that some in our modern days have forgotten. Hopefully their legacy will still be preserved for generations to come.