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Crazy Egypt Thingy

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by kinch, Feb 9, 2005.

  1. kinch

    kinch Wash me Staff Member

    On the rare chance that someone here knows something about ancient Egypt:

    My grandfather left me a (presumedly) Egyptian tablet when he died.

    Photographs of the tablet and the weird (though unrelated, I assume) book-cover it came in are attached. Any insight as to the origin of the tablet, the meaning, etc. would be much appreciated. I assume it is a meaningless stolen/bought tablet from Egypt or a replica thereof, evenso, I want to know its possible history.

    Thanks.

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  2. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    Have you had it appraised?

    That would be your first step.
     
  3. ScarletInMyVeins

    ScarletInMyVeins Tanned Fat Looks Better

    you could look up hieroglyphics to try and see what the symbols mean but I can assure you that one of them has something to do with a bird
     
  4. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    I ran this by a friend at the Carlos Museum at Emory. His translation is as follows:

    "Michigan still sucks."
     
  5. DEBuckeye

    DEBuckeye It ain't easy, bein' cheesy.

    I would definately get it looked at by someone at a museum or university. You never know....
     
  6. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    [font=arial,helvetica]Here's your Online Hieroglyphic Translation of... Michigan still sucks: [/font] <table border="3" bordercolor="BLACK"> <tbody><tr><td><center> [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] </center></td></tr><tr><td><center> [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] </center></td></tr><tr><td><center> [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] </center></td></tr></tbody> </table>
    http://www.quizland.com/hiero.htm :banger:
     
  7. kinch

    kinch Wash me Staff Member

    This is honestly one of the very few times I have laughed out loud while reading this board. :)

    I posted on some weird egypt-freaks board and they are checking it out for me. I doubt it has worth, but I am curious as to its origins.
     
  8. have a personal property appraiser look at it. even if it's one who doesn't know much about egyptian type stuff, they can either 1) point you in the right direction, or 2) atleast give you some ballpark figures or tell you if it's outright fake.

    go to www.appraisers.org to find an appraiser in your area...
     
  9. kinch

    kinch Wash me Staff Member

    I doubt it is worth anything, even though it is probaby "real."

    If it were somewhat important, I would donate it to a proper place.

    I am more concerned with its origin.
     
  10. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    FWIW, Kinch, I think it's pretty cool. Keep us posted on the appraisal.
     
  11. FCollinsBuckeye

    FCollinsBuckeye Senior Former Game Champion

    I'm no Egyptologist, but I've done some reading about the ancients. Anyway, that tablet certainly looks authentic, but I've never seen a heiroglyph of a falcon with the pharoah hat on.

    Have you heard any family lore as to where he got it? If not, I suggest asking aunts/uncles or better yet great aunts/uncles about it.

    Pretty cool anyway. So long as it's not cursed.... :wink:

    edit: nm I found one here:

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  12. kinch

    kinch Wash me Staff Member

  13. FCollinsBuckeye

    FCollinsBuckeye Senior Former Game Champion

    Okay, here's the key to deciphering the tablet:


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    Good luck! :p


    Hehe seriously though, that thing does look authentic and could be worth some $$ to collectors. Though donating or loaning it to a museum would be cool too - can you imagine the little sign near the display? "From the Collection of Kinch" hehe
     
  14. BrutuStrength

    BrutuStrength It's time to bring it! Staff Member

    I did a search on Yahoo for "falcon hat pharoah" and found a painting that is supposed to be about Isis and Horus. Horus is the falcon wearing the hat. Although I believe he is supposed to be a man with a falcon's head, this seems to be another way that he is depicted.

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  15. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    I always find the following useful when deciphering my hieroglyphics.

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    For those of you who don't know, it's the Rosetta Stone.


    I saw it in London last year, it's pretty freaking neat!
     

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