Monday, August 09, 2010

1600 Talatat blocks in colour

Heritage Key (Owen Jarus)

Archaeologists are examining a cache of talatat blocks in Luxor that depict Amarna period art in their original colour.

“The amount of detail which is shown, where the colour had been preserved, it’s just amazing,” said Dr. Joceyln Gohary.

“Some of the most striking details are in the clothing – particularly of the queen, Nefertiti – details of the dress and jewellery that she’s wearing,” she said.

Dr. Gohary is leading an American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) project that is documenting, cleaning and conserving them.


Kate Phizackerley said...

Is this a new discovery?

Andie said...

I shouldn't think so. The talatat blocks have been studied for years and if memory serves the ones displayed in the Luxor Museum have remnants of colour. I suppose that the "news" is that there are now new studies being carried out on the blocks and the insights that have been reached as a result of focusing on the coloured ones. There's another item today about it on the Suite101 website.

Andie said...

Sorry, I meant to add the link to the Suite101 article (which re-works the Heritage Key article and adds additional material about the Amarna period and talat blocks)