Why the British Museum still thrills me - even underwater

Why the British Museum still thrills me - even underwater

There are some truly remarkable pieces, including a Taweret figurine so perfectly polished that it might be made of molten metal (see above), a 4th century BC statue of Hapy so colossal the roof on the Sainsbury Exhibition Gallery (in which Sunken Cities is housed) had to be raised to accommodate it, and (my personal favourite) a Horus cippus (called 'Horus-on-crocodiles' for some reason) which perfectly illustrates the decline in hieroglyphic literacy by this period

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The Crocodile that Makes No Sound

The Crocodile that Makes No Sound

In ancient Egyptian literature, the crocodile is a fearsome, and feared creature. He is the fate that awaits the unwary fisherman and washerman

He’s even the topic of a whole category of Egyptian magical ‘water’ spells - in fact, I wrote my PhD on those very spells. In these spells, the crocodile is such a great danger that he is often only referred to as 'the one who is on the water' - giving name to something conferred on it too much power.

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