While I was in London, my family was very busy celebrating my aunt's wedding. However, we did have some time to do sightseeing. I had one sightseeing wish- and that was to see the British Museum! It was really, really cool. It was also really, really busy. There are so many things to see at the British Museum, but some are more famous than others. The most famous is probably the Rosetta Stone. The stone is so famous that there were visitors crowded all around it. I only got to see it from the distance because my parents didn't want me to fight my way to the front. Still, I got to see a lot of very awesome things.
Here I am with a beautiful statue of an Egyptian pharaoh. I think this might be Ramses II, but I am not sure because I didn't write it down. My photos from the museum are not that great, because the lighting is not very good there for photos. I hope you will enjoy seeing them anyway! I was excited to see the Egyptian rooms because I am fascinated by ancient Egyptian culture. At home in New York, I love going to the Brooklyn Museum and The Met to see the different Egyptian artifacts.
Here I am with a beautiful lion. It is amazing to me that the ancient Egyptians made such beautiful art without some of the more modern tools we have today.
This photo shows me with some hieroglyphics- ancient Egyptian writing. Wow! I wish I could read it. In fact, no one alive really could before the discovery of the Rosetta Stone! The Rosetta Stone has inscriptions in three different languages and that helped scholars decipher the hieroglyphic alphabet. Now, you can study hieroglyphic writing and learn to read it! Cool!
Here I am with a lioness-headed goddess. Based on my research, I think this is Sekhmet. Sekhmet is a powerful warrior goddess- because the lioness is a very powerful hunter. She was also a goddess of healing. I tried to imagine the ancient Egyptians who may have looked at this statue. It was created so long ago, it hurt my head to think about it!
The Assyrian section of the museum is connected to the British section. The Assyrians, like the Egyptians, were powerful warriors. I wondered what life would have been like back then for a girl my age. It was certainly difficult and did not include as much traveling as I am able to do today!
Here I am with a sarcophagus. A sarcophagus is a container for a body. This one probably held coffins inside of it, probably of a mummy. They have a room of mummies at the British Museum, but unwrapped mummies scare me so we didn't go to that part.
Finally, here I am with a falcon-headed god. Horus is the ancient Egyptian god depicted with a falcon's head. Horus is the god of the sun and war. I think Horus is fascinating, but I personally liked Sekhmet better!
My trip to the British Museum was wonderful. I'm more excited than ever to go back to the Met! (If you're interested, you can see photos of me and my friends in the Egyptian wing of The Met here.) Besides the Egyptian section, I also loved the Ancient Britain section. We didn't take photos of me in there, so you'll have to trust me that it was awesome! If you ever have the chance to go to London, don't miss the British Museum!
Have you ever been to a museum? What kind was it? What did you see there?
In this entry I'm wearing: Le Marais shirt and sweater by Liberty Jane Clothing.
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