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The Portland Art Museum is currently showing the “Quest for Immortality” exhibit of Egyptian artifacts. I recommend that you fork out the money and go. It is so so sooo worth it. Unless you hate the Egyptians, then don’t bother. I’ve always had a fascination with not only the pyramids but also the mysteries of the Egyptians and their beliefs, culture…etc. I find it truly awesome to be able to be up close and personal with statues, writings, jewelry that are so incredibly old and in such fine condition. It tickles my brain to think what these people were like and the fact that they had no idea the work they did would end up surviving 3500 years later.

We’ve all seen the pyramids and huge monuments the Egyptians sculpted, but one of the coolest things at the exhibit were a bunch of tiny figurines. They were smaller than a G.I. Joe and about 100x more detailed, made from pure gold. It was a sight to behold. There was a tiny sphinx that particularly drew my attention. It was so finely crafted you could see the lines between the paws, and the paws were extremely small. It’s amazing to see such craftmanship with gold.

I thoroughly enjoyed each piece in the museum and really didn’t want to leave once we came to the end. I was filled with wonderment and a twinge of sadness. Everything was from another time and place and it almost felt weird to be seeing it in a museum. There was a large carved statue made from granite with smooth features throughout. The silent black figure was highly detailed with very little damage from time and the elements. It was the figure of a scribe, and he was in the process of writing on a scroll stretched across his lap. The scroll on his lap contained hieroglyphics except in the middle where they had been rubbed off. Apparently people used to place their hands on his scroll and pray for….whatever. A solid rock sculpture that has remained unscathed for over 3000 years shows no sign of wear except where thousands of hands once rested. It all seemed so out of context. At one time this statue had many visitors and now it sits in a museum in Portland Oregon. What happened to all of those people and their ancestors? And what became of their religion and belief system? How could something so popular fade and become abandoned? It intrigues me to no end, it gives me that tingly twinge that we’re not getting the whole picture. That’s why I believe the mysteries surrounding the Egyptians will continue because we aren’t getting the whole picture, only a glimpse. Nevertheless, go see the glimpse at the Portland Art Museum before it leaves March 4th. Totally worth it.

Oh and at the top there that is my name in hieroglyphics! Isn’t that way cool? I think it is. I also got a tiny statue of Anubis (thanks pop!) it’s way cool because it is a near replica of the tiny figurines. I want to take a picture but it appears my camera is broken :( so use your imagination.

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  1. Phil said,

    February 12, 2007 @ 3:49 pm


  2. cute girl said,

    February 12, 2007 @ 5:07 pm

    yeah, it was cool!

  3. Anthony said,

    February 12, 2007 @ 10:05 pm

    cute girl huh?
    Dude, that is cool, but how does my name look like in hieroglyphics?
    Thats the real question…

  4. Pamela said,

    February 14, 2007 @ 8:27 am

    I’m so glad you wrote about this. I must get over there and check it out. I love Egyptian artifacts. I remember waiting in line for the King Tut exhibit back when I was a wee lass.

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