In that year, Lepsius travelled to Tuscany to meet with Ippolito Rosellini , who had led a joint expedition to Egypt with Champollion in In a series of letters to Rosellini, Lepsius expanded on Champollion's explanation of the use of alphabetic signs in hieroglyphic writing, emphasizing contra Champollion that vowels were not written. In , Lepsius was commissioned at the recommendation of the minister of instruction, Johann Eichhorn, and the scientists Alexander von Humboldt and Christian Charles Josias Bunsen by King Frederich Wilhelm IV of Prussia to lead an expedition to Egypt and the Sudan to explore and record the remains of the ancient Egyptian civilization. The Prussian expedition was modelled after the earlier Napoleonic mission, with surveyors, draftsmen, and other specialists. They discovered 67 pyramids recorded in the pioneering Lepsius list of pyramids and more than tombs of noblemen in the area.
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This piece consists of the lower portion of the pyramidion. Only one side has been preserved entirely in width, while the two adjoining sides are fragmentary. The preserved portion is pitted in places. There are no traces of colour, but the plaster covering the hard stone has gone yellow. Materials limestone plaster. Technique incised plastered. Dimensions Diameter: 7. Petrie, 'Koptos' London, , pl. Kitchen, 'Journal of Egyptian Archaeology' 58 , BIFAO 63 Since Isis is not recorded as having married and was installed in office in the lifetime of her father, she may have been one of the first God's Wives to remain a celibate priestess C.
The tomb from which this piece presumably derived has not been located but probably lies in the Theban area. An alabaster cup inscribed for the God's Adorer Isis may also have come from the same location H. Bibliography: K. Kitchen, 'Ramesside Inscriptions' Vol. Location Not on display. Condition Fair. This piece consists of the lower portion of the pyramidion only.
Subjects ancient egyptian deity. Acquisition date Department Egypt and Sudan. Registration number , Conservation Treatment : 15 Dec
Denkmaeler aus Aegypten und Aethiopien
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Karl Richard Lepsius
For three years the expedition visited sites along the Nile, both known and previously unknown. Lepsius also visited Khartoum and ascended the Blue Nile past Sennar, not only to document antiquities but also to make a study of regional languages. On the way back, the expedition visited Thebes, Qurna, and Karnak. The expedition brought back three types of material: first, more than 1, sketches and drawings, representing Nile Valley landscapes, architectural renderings of tombs and temples, and copies of hieroglyphs, inscriptions, murals, and bas-reliefs; then, mechanical reproductions consisting of tracings, plaster casts of various objects, and some 6, squeezes of inscriptions in several languages;  and finally, original artifacts. Given that the expedition was under the imprimatur of the emperor, the publication had to be of the highest quality. It was imperative that the illustrations made during the expedition be published to further the goal of public education about these remarkable civilizations. From the more than 2, large original sheets, around , or around half, would be published.
Lepsius list of pyramids
The Lepsius list of pyramids is a list of sixty-seven Ancient Egyptian pyramids established in — by Karl Richard Lepsius — , an Egyptologist and leader of the "Prussian expedition to Egypt" from until The Lepsius list of pyramid is the first attempt at systematically listing all the Egyptian pyramids, and as such, is a pioneering effort of early modern Egyptology. Karl Richard Lepsius, who had learned of Champollion's method to decipher the hieroglyphs and had met Ippolito Rosellini of the Franco-Tuscan Expedition, was chosen to lead it. The Prussian expedition assembled in Alexandria in and quickly departed for Giza , which was reached in November that same year. Proceeding north to south, Lepsius's men then explored the pyramids field of Abusir , Saqqara , Dahshur and, in , Hawara. Lepsius and team stayed for 6 months in total at these locations, as the Prussian expedition was the first study and record Old Kingdom material in depth.