Saturday, February 27, 2010

unexpected beauty


I know.......it is a bit disconcerting but...... isn't it fascinating? This is a female mummy in the Louvre Museum in Paris. I was completely awed with the care that had been taken with the wrappings. Absolutely beautiful. Thousands of years old. She played in Egypt as a little girl, grew into a young woman. and now sleeps for eternity. Life is mysterious, no?

9 comments:

Karen said...

Well, THAT was a waker-upper...

It's amazing, the effort that was put into the dead and their chambers in that period of time...

Ronnie said...

I'm waiting for her finger to move and then say, "Surprise!"
Interesting weaving on her head scarf.
Don't forget to watch the big match up on Sunday, USA vs Canada. It'll be a wild one!

High On Craft said...

That is incredible and yes, beautiful in an unexpected way.

Kate on Clinton said...

The weaves in the wrappings are beautiful - I haven't seen any like that before. However, isn't it a little disconcerting that the woman is on display like this? Would that have been the wishes of her, her culture, her beliefs? In some US museums, they have returned American Indian remains that were on display to the tribes in respect of their ancestors. I know that tombs are raided and ransacked, and leaving these remains in their original resting places is not an option, but maybe a more secure re-burial site would be more respectful for her eternal sleep. Please understand this is not a criticism of you or your post! Just a thought I wanted to share.

aliceinparis said...

Kate, I understand exactly what you mean. There is something voyeuristic and prying about looking at these people but I do feel that they are not their physical shells, they are long gone.I appreciate the beauty that was their life and the care that has gone into their afterlife preparations. I wanted to share that beauty. It would be nice to see them interred in a peaceful and respectful spot again.

Sara said...

I've always been fascinated by mummies...

The detail alone is fascinating!

Kathy said...

That is so amazing!

Christina Silverio said...

Incredible. I can't help thinking of the life she lived, either. I do the same thing when I see pics of mummies in National Geographic; these were people, who lived and breathed and loved and laughed and cried. Thinking of them this way, acknowledging the human person that was these dried remains, helps me to feel connected to them somehow.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Fascinating! It is sad in away, though, her peaceful eternal sleep was disrupted.