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Sandstone statue of king Montuhotep II 
Statue of the king shows him in his Heb-sed (jubilee) costume. This feast was meant to renew the king’s youth and demonstrate his strength as king, so as to be show to be fit to rule Egypt. 
Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 11th dynasty, 2051 - 2000 BC. 
Found in Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, temple of Montuhotep II 
Source: Metropolitan Museum

ancientpeoples:

Sandstone statue of king Montuhotep II 

Statue of the king shows him in his Heb-sed (jubilee) costume. This feast was meant to renew the king’s youth and demonstrate his strength as king, so as to be show to be fit to rule Egypt. 

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 11th dynasty, 2051 - 2000 BC. 

Found in Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, temple of Montuhotep II 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

Easter Special: 5 Prince of Egypt fanfic recommendations!

I am very particular about what I put on my favourites list on fanfiction.net (only PoE has a high percentage of faved stories relative to the number of fics in that section of the site. Even then, I have revised the list a couple times as my standards changed). I have more than five faved, but these are probably my highest rated ones in no particular order (I’m not one for ranking).

1. Enough: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10085244/1/Enough

This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful PoE fanfics I’ve found in this section. It focuses on Moses’ thoughts and feelings during the night of the plagues and then the aftermath. Keep a kleenex handy.

2. Red Wall, Red Door: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7436609/1/Red-Wall-Red-Door

This story is basically what if events had gone slightly different during the tenth plague (i.e. Moses saves Rameses’ child). Very touching and wonderfully written. I personally think that this was actually a more in-character thing for Moses to do what he does in this fanfic (save Rameses’ child), than in the movie. I understood Dreamworks didn’t want to deviate (mostly) from the biblical story, but still, I always thought it a little OOC of Moses not to save Rameses’ child at the least. This beautifully written fanfic was perfect for satisfying that question in my head after the first few times I’d watched the movie.

3. I Sayeth Onto Thee: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4179913/1/I-sayeth-unto-thee

This story has a very high standard of grammar, punctuation, and spelling. But more importantly, the author also provides the reader with depth of detail and very natural dialogue from both characters (Rameses and Moses). The characters are both very in character and I like how the author has still had Moses retain a little bit of his old personality as well, which was a nice touch. Prepare to reach for another kleenex, especially toward the end, though.

These two next recommendations are from the same author on fanfiction.net, who has a number of other really well-written stories.

4. Worthy of Honor: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8474587/1/Worthy-of-Honor

One of the only Tzipporah/Moses fanfics that exist on this site, Worthy of Honor is worth a read for the author’s great characterisation of Tzipporah and Moses as the latter offers an apology to the former for his arrogance at the palace and letting her fall into the pool. It is a beautiful insight into a slice of life while Moses was living out in the desert. Very few fics manage to do that well.

5. The Great Good: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8471361/1/The-Greater-Good

This is a very profound insight into Moses’ thoughts during the plagues, when he compares his actions to that of Seti’s—all for the greater good. Sound familiar? It’s a short fanfic, and though it is already powerful as it is, I would have loved to have been able to read more of this.

All Hail the Queue Bunnies!

Happy Easter Sunday from NZ! I have lined up several posts for Easter Sunday (things will go back to normal the next day), and most, if not all, relate to either Prince of Egypt, Ancient Egypt, or both. So enjoy the posts to come! The posts will be staggered across a number of hours, and will happen while I’m sleeping (I queue my posts to automatically go up in the small hours so I don’t have to worry about it in the morning).

In profile or not: that is the question (according to Ancient Egypt)

Ancient Egyptian artwork is immediately recognisable with its unique portrayal of the human figure, sometimes in contortions not even a contortionist could achieve. The reason for some parts being in profile or frontal all had to do with magic. The Ancient Egyptians believed that if a part of the body was not drawn properly (i.e. out of sight), the person represented would not be complete in the afterworld. The thumb, for example, had to be shown on both hands, otherwise you could end up in the afterlife wondering where one of your thumbs went (if it was a picture representing you anyway). Their artwork had a lot more to do with magical properties and beliefs than with showing accurate anatomy.

So what parts were shown in profile or frontal?

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Profile:

Head (with the eye and eyebrow in frontal view, and half the mouth drawn [i.e. in profile]).

Frontal part of the torso from the armpit down to the waist.

Elbows

Legs

Feet (showing big toe in view on both)

Frontal:

Eye and eyebrow

Shoulders