Thursday, August 25, 2011

Pharaoh Arrives

Here in NYC, the other day we felt the tremors of the earthquake that hit Virginia (the floor shifted under me for about 6 seconds while I was at my desk at work), and now we're getting ready for the possibility that Hurricane Irene will strike over the weekend. Not your typical NYC week for sure! But, interestingly, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, something else rather unusual took place recently: they installed a 10-foot pharaoh in the Great Hall! The Aegyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preussischer Kulturbesitz has loaned the Met for the next decade a colossal statue of Pharaoh Amenemhat II. You can read all about the loan and pharaoh on the Met's website. For your entertainment, here's an official Met video showing the installation of the statue. You see some great shots of the museum and it's fascinating to see them upwrap and erect the pharaoh using a crane. Enjoy!

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