As I enter the exhibition I was overwhelm of the sheer size of the statue what lay in front of me but the digital reconstruction of the sunken city was truly beautiful and it was a detailed story that was unfolded of what two cities.
This was the cities of the Mediterranean World, lost to the sea Thonis-Heracin the Mleion and Canopus these cities existed at the mouth of the Nile, bearing in mind the city was named after the great demi-god hero Heracles. Due to the geographical location, it was one of the most important centres of trade in the Mediterranean world. Whilst the other city known as Canopus was the major city of the Egyptian god at its centre for worship purposes. To truly understand the deep connection of the ancient Greek and ancient Egypt world there was a cross-cultural transmission of connections between the two civilisations. They had such historical figures in history that had many encounters cross-culturalral exchangesd between ancient Egypt and ancient Greece, “Alexander the great”, Cleopatra, Hadrian and Antinous through out time.
As I walked in, I saw this powerful statue which opened my eyes immediately in which I changed my focus to the screen for the mission that lay before me.
Colossal: an Egyptian statue of Osiris (Christoph Gerigk/Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation)
It was a centre figure powerful and the presence of how truly the great civilisation of the ancient world was apart of. There are 300 great objects to be seen , and there are objects from ancient Egypt and some various potteries from cyprus which open my eyes of how beautiful, the culture and art.
Some of my favourite objects in the Exhibition:
One of several remarkable statues in this show. This one is of the bull god Apis. © Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation. Photo: Christoph Gerigk
The Stelae of Horus on the Crocodiles , was used to protect the Ancient Egyptian people from animal such as Crocodiles and snakes. For me this was one of the most beautiful and great Stelae of the exhibition because shows portrayal from the snakes and crocodiles and the iconic symbolism with the scripture and the stature against the animals.
(Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation/Christoph Gerig)
The depiction of this Pendant which is Lapis Lazuli and a glass paste, which was found in Tanis in the royal tomb of the Pharaoh Sheshonk II. Which was jewel belonged to the Sheshonk I (945-925),BC.
Thonis-Heracleion advertises a 380BC royal decree of the Egyptian pharaoh Nectanebo I
(Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation/Christoph Gerigk)
So on the whole this was a great exhibition well worth seeing and learning some groovy history, from both worlds of the ancient Egypt and ancient Greece how they live together by having ancient greek temples and Egyptian temples side by side in there cities. So going through out there was many different depiction of the gods such as Serapis and many other which was central to the worship. So i give this exhibition five out five it is truly a mind-blowing event to see in your life well worth going !!! ( you shall be cultural blown and emotional involved with the history of the past i now i was in a groovy way ).
heres the links to the exhibition to book Sunken Cities Exhibition
19 May – 27 November 2016
Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery
£16.50, Members/under 16s free