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FOR PRESS ONLY: Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology

Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology

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FOR PRESS ONLY - Battleground War Rugs from Afghanistan

Battleground: War Rugs From Afghanistan

April 30 to July 31, 2011

All photographs © Textile Museum of Canada.

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FOR PRESS ONLY - Silk Road Opening Weekend Celebration

Secrets of the Silk Road Opening Weekend Image Captions
Saturday and Sunday, February 5 and 6, 2011 from 10 am to 5 pm

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FOR PRESS ONLY - Archaeologists and Travelers in Ottoman Lands

A new exhibition at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology September 26, 2010 through February 6, 2011

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The Excavation at the Temple Court in Nippur

Oil on Canvas

Osman Hamdi Bey

1904

Object #48-2-332

This painting, based on an 1893 photograph by John Henry Haynes, was commissioned by the University of Pennsylvania in 1903 for its envisioned Nippur Gallery.

 

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At the Mosque Door

Oil on Canvas

Osman Hamdi Bey

1891

Object #184892

This painting features several self-portraits of Hamdi Bey (based on photographs), plus unveiled, modern Turkish women.

 

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Hymn to the Goddess Inanna

Clay

ca. 1730 BCE

Nippur

Object #B7847

Tablet translation of the hymn reads: Lady of all the divine powers, resplendent light, righteous woman clothed in radiance, beloved of An and Urac! Mistress of heaven, with the great diadem, who loves the good headdress befitting the office of priestess, who has seized all seven of its divine powers!

 

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Medical Text

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2200-2100 BCE

Nippur

Object #B14221

This is the oldest known medical text, written in Sumerian. It is a collection of 15 prescriptions, most involving obscure plants and potions.

 

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Temple Court

Archival Print

John Henry Haynes

1893

This Nippur temple excavation photograph, by John Henry Haynes in 1893, became the frontispiece of Hilprecht's 1903 book, Explorations in Bible Lands, and subsequently the inspiration for Hamdi Bey's 1904 painting, "The Excavations at the Temple Court at Nippur." (Penn Museum negative # 305)


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Ziggurat

Archival Print

John Henry Haynes

1893-94

John Henry Haynes photographed the ziggurat's foundations from a high vantage point and posed an isolated worker in the middle distance at an angle that dramatically emphasized the spatial recession. (Penn Museum negative # 5680)

 

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Osman Hamdi Bey with J.P. Peters

Archival Print

Photographer Unknown

1889

Original Nippur excavation director J.P. Peters, University of Pennsylvania, visited Hamdi Bey on both journeys to Nippur, first from 1888-89 and then again from 1889-90. Here they are photographed in the garden of Hamdi Bey's family home on the Bosporus strait. (Penn Museum negative # 19194)

 

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Nippur Team

Archival Print

C. Fisher

1900

The excavation team at Nippur included John Henry and Cassandria Haynes (center), and Hilprecht (standing right) wielding a golf club. This photo was taken at the end of the fourth season. Photo: C. Fisher. (Penn Museum negative # 184826)

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Archival Print

Photographer Unknown

ca. 1900

John Henry Haynes in a studio portrait at the end of his career as an archaeologist.  (Penn Museum negative # 149706)

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Hermann Vollrath Hilprecht

Archival Print

Photographer Unknown

ca. 1895

Hermann Vollrath Hilprecht poses as an Oriental gentleman in his study in Constantinople (present-day Istanbul, Turkey).  With the support of the University of Pennsylvania, he oversaw the excavations at Nippur from his base in Constantinople and catalogued the cuneiform tablets in the Imperial Museum. (Penn Museum negative # 102207)

 

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Baghdad Along the Tigris

Archival Print

John Henry Haynes

ca. 1880s

 

This photo shows the banks of the Tigris River in Baghdad (present-day Iraq). The round, pitch-covered boats, known as kufas, float in the foreground, with a pontoon bridge visible in the distance. (Penn Museum neg. #184824)

 

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Cappadocia Landscape

Archival Print

John Henry Haynes

ca. 1880s

The volcanic region of central Turkey fascinated Haynes, who took more than one hundred photos of it during his travels. Most depict the odd, eroded landscape into which dwellings and chapels were created in the 9th -14th centuries CE. (Penn Museum negative # 174585)

 

 

 

ADVANCE IMAGES FOR PRESS ONLY - Secrets of the Silk Road

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Secrets of the Silk Road opens at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology February 5, 2011 to June 5, 2011.

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"The Beauty of Xiaohe," female mummy, ca 1800-1500 BC. Excavated from Xiaohe (Little River) Cemetery 5, Charqilik (Ruoqiang) County, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Wang Da-Gang

 

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Side view of "The Beauty of Xiaohe," female mummy, ca 1800-1500 BC. Excavated from Xiaohe (Little River) Cemetery 5, Charqilik (Ruoqiang) County, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Wang Da-Gang

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"The Beauty of Xiaohe," female mummy, ca 1800-1500 BC. Excavated from Xiaohe (Little River) Cemetery 5, Charqilik (Ruoqiang) County, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Wang Da-Gang


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Xiaohe Modi (Little River) Cemetery 5 in situ, ca 1800-1500 BC. Charqilik (Ruoqiang) County, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology

 

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"Yingpan Man," front view of clothed body of male mummy, ca 3rd-4th century AD. Excavated from Yingpan, Yuli (Lopnur) County, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China, © Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology

 

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Side view of infant mummy, ca 8th century BC. Excavated from Zaghunluq, Charchan, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Wang Da-Gang

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Brocade hat, ca 10th-11th century AD. Excavated from Alar Cemetery, Rouqiang (Charqilik) County, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum

 

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Fried dough twist, ca 5th-3rd century BC. Excavated from Tomb No.73, Zaghunluq, Charchan, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum

 

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Embroidered boots with gradated colors, ca 2nd - 3rd century AD. Excavated from Tomb No. 5 of Cemetery No. 1, Niya, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum

 

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Painted clay figure of an equestrienne, ca 7th-9th century AD. Excavated from Tomb No.187, Astana Turfan, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum

 

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Gold plaque with lion, ca. 5th-3rd century BC.  Excavated from Tomb No. 30, at Alagou (Alwighul, Alghuy), Toksun, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum

 

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Gold mask, ca 5th-6th century AD. Excavated from Boma Cemetery, Ili, Mongghul Kura (Zhaosu) County, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum

 

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Gold ring, ca 2nd century BC-4th century AD. Excavated from Jarintay, Nilqa County, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology

 

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Pottery figures of women at work, ca. 7th-9th century AD.  Excavated from Tomb No. 201, Astana, Turfan, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum

 

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Bronze figurine of a kneeling warrior, ca 500 BC. Excavated from south bank of the Kns River, Xinyuan (Kns) County. © Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Museum

 

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Linen banner with painted Fuxi and Nuwa, ca. 7th-9th century AD.  Excavated from Astana Cemetery, Turfan, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum

 

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Pullover skirted dress, ca. 5th-3rd century BC.  Excavated from Tomb No. 55 of Cemetery No. 1, Zaghunluq, Charchan, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum

 

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Wooden coffin, ca 3rd-4th century AD.  Excavated from a tomb northeast of site LE at Ancient Loulan City, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology

 

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Wood figurine of a man, ca 1800-1500 BC.  Excavated from Xiaohe (Little River) Cemetery 5, Charqilik (Ruoqiang) County, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology

 

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Wall hanging with warrior and centaur design, ca 2nd century BC-2nd century AD.  Excavated from Sampul, Lop, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum

 

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Head of a figure wearing a pointed cap, ca 7th-9th century AD. Excavated from Astana, Turfan, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum

 

 

FOR PRESS ONLY - Silk Road Summer Nights

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Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture play two dates during the Penn Museum's Silk Road Summer Nights music series under Director Hanna Khoury and feature classical Arab music on the June 23 and Egyptian music on July 7.

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Kurt Jong, pictured seated with fellow musicians, will duet a mix of Chinese folk pieces with performer, Qin Qian, on Wednesday, June 30, during the Penn Museum's Silk Road Summer Nights music sereis, from 5 to 8 pm.

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Mandolins, mandolas, a mandocello and a guitar will be featured during the Philadelphia Mandolin Ensemble's session from 5 to 8 pm on July 14, during the Penn Museum's Silk Road Summer Nights music series.

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Animus performs during the Penn Museum's Silk Road Summer Nights music series on Wednesday, July 21 from 5 to 8 pm.

 


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David's Harp returns to the Penn Museum for the Silk Road Summer Nights music series to play one of ten live music performances taking place in the Museum's Warden Garden every Wednesday starting June 23, from 5 to 8 pm.

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Two of Aravod's four members will perform Greek, Armenian and Arab songs on August 18 during the Penn Museum's Silk Road Summer Nights music series taking place every Wednesday night from June 23 to August 25, from 5 to 8 pm.

 

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Joseph Tayoun, left, brings together local and international musicians for his Mid East Ensemble performing on August 25, the final Wednesday of Penn Museum's Silk Road Summer Nights music series.

 

FOR PRESS ONLY - Confirmed: Anticancer Activity

 

Confirmed: Anticancer Activity from Select Herbal Additives Found in Ancient Alcoholic Beverages
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Penn Museum and Penn Medicine Research Collaboration Yields First Promising Evidence For Efficacy of Medicinal Compounds Once Employed by Our Ancestors

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The following three images were taken at the Abramson Cancer Center laboratory, part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System:

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Team of researchers involved in the Archaeological Oncology ("Digging for Drug Discovery") Project, from left to right:  Patrick E. McGovern, archaeochemist and ancient alcohol expert and head of the University of Pennsylvania Museum's Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory; Melpo Christofidou-Solomidou, Research Associate Professor at the Pulmonary Allergy and Critical Care Division of the Department of Medicine, and an Abramson Cancer Center Investigator; and Floyd Dukes, Research Specialist, Christofidou-Lab.

 

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Patrick McGovern and Melpo Christofidou-Solomidou examine a sherd from Jiahu (China), which provided evidence for the earliest alcoholic beverage in the world to date--ca. 7000 B.C.  The compounds included potential medicinal additives.

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Patrick McGovern observes as Melpo Christofidou-Solomidou demonstrates the colorimetric assay of compounds with anti-cancer effects.  The compounds were identified in ancient fermented beverages using Biomolecular Archaeological techniques.

The following images feature artifacts/ancient Egyptian sites where residues from ancient herbal wines were tested by Dr. McGovern for medicinal properties, reported upon in the April 2009 edition of PNAS (106:18:  7361-7366).

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Amphora containing wine residues laced with rosemary and pine resin, from tomb 217 of cemetery 4 at Gebel Adda (Egypt), dated to early Byzantine times (4th-early 6th c. AD).  Ht. 67.3 cm.  With permission of the Royal Ontario Museum © ROM; photograph courtesy of W. Pratt (museum no. 973.24.1217).

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The inside of this wine vessel sherd contains a yellowish residue, the accumulation of organic materials from the upper surface of the wine that once filled the inside of jar no. 50 from the tomb (U-j) of Scorpion I at Abydos (Egypt), ca. 3150 B.C. (Hartung 2001: cat. no.156, pls. 58:and 94:156).  The residue, forming a circle around the vessel's interior, is slanted off from the horizontal because the jar with its liquid was tilted in antiquity. Analyses showed that herbs including balm, coriander, mint, sage and many more were steeped in the wine, to which pine resin and fig were also added.  Ht. of sherd 33.5 cm. Photo courtesy of German Archaeological Institute in Cairo.

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A "wine cellar for eternity": Peering down at some of 700 wine jars buried with Scorpion I, one of the first kings of Egypt, in his tomb (U-j ) at Abydos, about 3150 BC.   The wine, laced with pine resin, figs and herbs (including balm, coriander, mint, sage and many more), was a true medicinal elixir for the afterlife.  (Photograph courtesy of German Institute of Archaeology, Cairo.)

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Scorpion I's tomb at Abydos, showing one of the chambers filled with wine jars before excavation.  (Photograph courtesy of German Institute of Archaeology, Cairo.)

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A selection of wine jars from Scorpion I's tomb at Abydos, laid out on the desert sand.  (Photograph courtesy of German Institute of Archaeology, Cairo.)

The following images come from Chinese excavations at Jiahu and Changzikou (Luyi county, Henan province).  Dr. McGovern tested the contents of the Changzikou lidded jar, dated ca. 1050 B.C., and discovered a rice wine containing a range of medicinal compounds from Artemisia annua (wormwood), Artemisia annua (mugwort), China fir tree resin (Cunninghamia lanceolate (Lamb.), and/or a flower in the chrysanthemum family.   The residues from the much older  early Neolithic  Jiahu jars have not yet been tested for any botanical additives, but represent the earliest alcoholic beverage yet discovered from anywhere in the world.  It was a mixed beverage made from rice, hawthorn fruit and/or grape, and honey.,

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Typical jars with high flaring necks and rims, which were well-suited for serving a fermented beverage.  From Jiahu, Henan province, China, ca. 7000-6600 B.C.  Dr. Patrick E. McGovern and his colleagues analyzed similar jar sherds and discovered that they contained a mixed fermented beverage of rice, honey, and fruit (hawthorn fruit and/or grape).  Photograph courtesy of Juzhong Zhang and Zhiqing Zhang, Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology of Henan Province, Zhengzhou, China.

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Typical Neolithic burial, with pottery vessels containing a mixed fermented beverage, at Jiahu, Henan province, China, ca. 7000-6600 B.C. Photograph courtesy of Juzhong Zhang and Zhiqing Zhang, Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology of Henan Province, Zhengzhou, China.

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Overview of Jiahu cemetery, showing individual burials associated with pottery and other grave goods. Photograph courtesy of Juzhong Zhang and Zhiqing Zhang, Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology of Henan Province, Zhengzhou, China.

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This lidded wine jar (Chinese you) was one of more than 90 bronze vessels associated with an elite burial in the Changzikou Tomb (Luyi county, Henan province).  52 lidded examples, including this one, were still a quarter- to half-full of liquid when the tomb was opened.  Chemical analysis by Eric D. Butrym of Firmenich Corp. revealed that two aromatic compounds - camphor and alpha-cedrene - were present in the liquid, in addition to benzaldehyde, acetic acid, and short-chain alcohols characteristic of rice wine.  Isotopic analysis by Michael P. Richards of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology confirmed that the beverage was most likely rice-based.  A single open vat, filled with leaves of Osmanthus fragrans and holding a ladle, was also found in the tomb.  Possibly, the fermented beverage in the lidded containers of the tomb was steeped in the leaves, which have a floral aroma like the flowers that are used today in flavoring teas and beverages, and then transferred to the vessels.  The rice wine in the vessel would have been made by saccharifying the grain sugars with molds, a uniquely Chinese contribution to fermented beverage-making. Photograph courtesy of Zhiqing Zhang, Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology of Henan Province, Zhengzhou, China.

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FOR PRESS ONLY - Summer Wonder Children's Programs

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Dancers from AlohaStyle kick off Summer Wonder 2010 at the Penn Museum on Wednesday, June 23, with a colorful performance of traditional Polynesian dance.

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Animus fuses ancient and modern musical traditions from countries ranging from the Middle East to South America during the Penn Museum's Summer Wonder program on Wednesday, June 30.

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Select musicians from Minas perform an energetic review of the music of Brazil during the Penn Museum's Summer Wonder program on Wednesday, July 7.

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Storyteller Tom Lee brings to life folktales from Thailand and Southeast Asia on July 14 at the Penn Museum's Summer Wonder program.

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The Spice Route Ensemble performs a mix of Middle Eastern music at this year's Summer Wonder program on Wednesday, July 21, at the Penn Museum.

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A Roman millitary and gladitorial demonstration offers attendees the opportunity to re-enact battle formations and try on Roman helmets and shields on Wednesday, July 28, during the Penn Museum's Summer Wonder 2010 program.

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Rainbow Child International performs an intreractive program singing and telling stories, all the while engaging the audience, on Wednesday, August 4, at the Penn Museum's Summer Wonder 2010 program.

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Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre presents the Summer Wonder 2010 grand finale on Wednesday, July 11, with a performance of "The Dancing Granny: Tales of African Origin." A multitude of puppets take the stage and tell stories through song and dance.

 

FOR PRESS ONLY - Penn Museum, The Franklin Institute, Partner for Double Ticket

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Penn Museum and Franklin Institute Offer Discounted Double Ticket Available June 5 through January 2 During Run of Cleopatra

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Visitors look up at the Penn Museum's 3,200-year-old red granite Sphinx-the third largest ancient sphinx in the world-in the Museum's Lower Egyptian Gallery.

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A 12-ton Sphinx, the third largest ancient sphinx in the world, is surrounded by architectural elements from the Palace of the Pharaoh Merenptah, all ca 1200 BC., in the Penn Museum’s Lower Egyptian Gallery.

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This Mummy Portrait of a Woman, with frame,  dates from the Greco-Roman Period of ancient Egyptian history (2nd century AD), and comes at a time when portraits had become a popular substitute for mummy masks. The frame, not originally belonging to the painting, is one of the earliest in existence. (Objects E16214, E16315)

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A larger than life statue of Ramesses II, ca 1250 BC, dominates the Lower Egyptian Gallery of the Penn Museum. (Object E635)

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Kneeling Figure of Tutankhamun, ca 1332-1322 BC. This royal statuette may represent Tutankhamun. The figure's arms originally exrtended forward as the king would have been offering jars to a deity. Traces of gold suggest that several areas were gilded, and the eyes and eyebrows may have had inlays. (Object E14295)

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Gold Sekhmet Necklace, from Memphis, Egypt, ca 570-626 BC. The necklace consists of cowrie shell-shaped beads, two large barrel-shaped beads, a pomegranate-shaped bead, and a cast solid gold amulet of the goddess Sekhmet. Depicted as a woman with the head of a lioness, Sekhmet was the consort of Ptah, the patron deity of the Memphite area.

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This Gilded Mask from the Penn Museum's Upper Egyptian Gallery, dates to the Ptolemaic-Roman Period of ancient Egyptian history, sometime after 300 BC. It would originally have covered the head of a mummy. (Object # 53-20-1a)

 

FOR PRESS ONLY - Adopt an Artifact Day!

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Adopt an Artifact Day! takes place Saturday, May 1, 2010.

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Family pays a visit to the Penn Museum and adopts the sphinx while they're there!

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One of a pair of Foo Lions gets adopted by a Penn Museum visitor!

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While cats and other animals could be beloved pets, most of the animal mummies we have were sacred creatures, representatives of the divine.

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This bowl with ancestral Pueblo hand design was made in 1400-1500 AD.

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This clay figure from Veracruz Mexico wears an elaborate skin shirt and animal headdress that may indicate that he is a shaman.

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Bronze statue of a rooster from the Benin Kingdom of Nigeria.

 

FOR PRESS ONLY - Secrets of the Silk Road

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Secrets of the Silk Road opens at the Penn Museum on February 5, 2011 to June 5, 2011.

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"The Beauty of Xiaohe," female mummy, ca 1800-1500 BC. Excavated from Xiaohe (Little River) Cemetery 5, Charqilik (Ruoqiang) County, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of western China. © Wang Da-Gang

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Front view of infant mummy, ca 8th century BC. Excavated from Zaghunluq, Charchan, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of western China. © Wang Da-Gang

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"Yingpan Man," front view of clothed body of male mummy, ca 3rd-4th century AD. Excavated from Yingpan, Yuli (Lopnur) County, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of western China, © Urumqi, Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology

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Gold Mask, ca 5th-6th century AD. Excavated from Boma Cemetery, Ili, Mongghul Kura (Zhaosu) County, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum

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Gold Ring, ca 2nd-4th century AD. Excavated from Jarintay, Nilqa County, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Urumqi, Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology

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Fried dough twist, ca 3rd-5th century BC. Excavated from Tomb No.73, Zaghunluq, Charchan, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum

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Lacquered Comb, ca 2nd century BC-2nd century AD. Excavated from Tomb No. 49 of the No. 5 Cemetery of Sampul, Lop, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum

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Painted clay figure of an equestrian, ca 7th-9th century AD. Excavated from Tomb No.187, Astana
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FOR PRESS ONLY - Thieves of Baghdad

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Book jacket for Thieves of Baghdad by Colonel Matthew Bogdanos, Bloomsbury US.

 

FOR PRESS ONLY - What about Sex(uality)?

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Pipe bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pipe bag with the image of double woman from the Lakota people (Sioux) in North America (American Section)

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Indian linga often associated with phallus worship (Asian Section)

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Ancient Egyptian papyrus containing a story of a sexual encounter between two gods which includes imagery of gender mutability (Egyptian Section)

kneeler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contemporary art sculpture that combines sex, prayer, and joinery fetishes in "Kneeler," by artist Joe Ovelman

 

 

FOR PRESS ONLY - "Hips Don't Lie": Belly Dance Workshop and Course

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Swing your hips, learn a few moves, and burn calories! Habiba, international belly dancer, offers introductory belly dance workshops on Saturday, March 20, as preview to her six-week course at the Penn Museum.

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Habiba's hips don't lie! Under her tutelage learn the basics, understand the history behind the dance, and watch Habiba perform during the Saturday, March 20 workshops, which are a preview to her six-week course at the Penn Museum.\

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Habiba, international belly dance star, offers introductory belly dance workshops on Saturday, March 20, as preview to her six-week course at the Penn Museum.

 

FOR PRESS ONLY - In Citizen's Garb: Southern Plains Native Americans, 1889-1891

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Chief Quanah Parker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Quanah Parker, citizen's garb, modern gelatin silver print from original glass plate negative, ca 1888-1891; courtesy Joe Swalwell. Photo: William J. Lenny and William L. Sawyers.

Lizzie Woodard, son Oliver, sister Kiowas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lizzie Woodard, son Oliver and sister, Kiowas, modern gelatin silver print from original glass plate negative, ca 1888-1891; courtesy Joe Swalwell collection. Photo: William J. Lenny and William L. Sawyers.

Camp Scene

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camp scene, modern gelatin silver print from original glass plate negative, ca 1888-1891; courtesy Joe Swalwell collection. Photo: William J. Lenny and William L. Sawyers.


Indians drawing rations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indians drawing rations, modern gelatin silver print from original glass plate negative, ca 1888-1891; courtesy Joe Swalwell collection. Photo: William J. Lenny and William L. Sawyers.


Cheyenne Village on Canadian River

 

 

 

 

 

Cheyenne Village on Canadian River, modern gelatin silver print from original glass plate negative, ca 1888-1891; courtesy Joe Swalwell collection. Photo: William J. Lenny and William L. Sawyers.


Five Indian men

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Indian men, modern gelatin silver print from original glass plate negative, ca 1888-1891; courtesy Joe Swalwell collection. Photo: William J. Lenny and William L. Sawyers.

 

 

 

FOR PRESS ONLY - Anthropologists in the Making

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Anthropologists in the Making - Penn Museum's Summer Camp Program begins June 21 and continues with different weekly sessions through August 13, 2010.

Learning the Lingo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camper and Counselor crafting at the Penn Museum's Anthropologists in the Making Summer Camp program.

Fun in the Field

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camper having excavation fun during the Museum's Anthropologists in the Making Summer Camp.

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Creating a sailing vessel for the high seas is no small feat during Anthropologists in the Making Summer Camp program.

Kids at Camp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Campers reenacting a Roman infantry formation at the Penn Museum's Anthropologists in the Making Summer Camp program.

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Getting crafty during Anthropologists in the Making Summer Camp program at the Penn Museum.

Camps and Counselors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Campers and Counselor Jenn at the Penn Museum's Anthropologists in the Making Summer Camp program.

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Campers share a moment at the Penn Museum's Anthropologists in the Making Summer Camp program.

 

FOR PRESS ONLY - Help for Haiti: Beyond Media Coverage

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Help for Haiti: Beyond Media Coverage, An Evening of Philanthropy and Learning, Thursday, February 25, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Portraits from The Heart of Haiti, a hardcover book of black and white photography accompanied by one-line Creole proverbs. All photos are the exclusive copyright of Andrea Baldeck.

God's Pencil Has No Eraser

 

 

 

 

 

 

God's pencil has no eraser.

Being near isn't arrival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being near isn't arrival.

If you're not a lion be a fox.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you're not a lion be a fox.

Eye sees, mouth silent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eye sees, mouth silent.

You beat drum and you dance again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You beat drum and you dance again.

All lightning bugs shine for their own eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All lightning bugs shine for their own eyes.

The eye has no boundary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The eye has no boundary.

 

FOR PRESS ONLY - What in the World

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Multi-disciplinary artist Pablo Helguera creates What in the World, an "Unauthorized Biography" of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, a new installation, part of the international festival Philagrafika 2010 "Out of Print" collaboration. The installation is on view at the Penn Museum January 29 through April 11, 2010.

 

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Pictured here: From the 1950s What In The World television show, Carleton Coon, Loren Eiseley, and Schuyler Cammann study an object, while Alfred Kidder II moderates. A boom operator is in right foreground. Photographed at WCAU Studios, ca. 1955. Photo: Penn Museum (image # 140916)

 

FOR PRESS ONLY - Goodlands

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The Goodlands: Young Photographers Inspiring Hope in North Philadelphia

Neighborhood photography by children of Fairhill and West Kensington on view at the Penn Museum December 10 through May 2010.

it's beautiful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

it's beautiful by Brianna age 7

 

pink sunglasses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pink sunglasses by Vanessa age 9

 

carlos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

carlos by Dionis age 8

 

pink girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pink gilrs by Vanessa age 8

 

angel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

angel by J'luis age 7

 

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helping hands by Jeiber age 5

 

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playing around by Justin age 10

crosswire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

crosswire by Jose age 12

frankely's mom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

frankely's mom by Brianna age 6

my park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

my park by Genesis age 9

flower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

flower by Francisco age 10

mattress truck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mattress truck by Melany age 6

colorful wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

colorful wall by Wilmari age 6

four square

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

four square by Stephany age 13

reflection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

reflection by Coral age 11

blue sky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

blue sky by Jennifer age 8

pretty girl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pretty girl by Brianna age 6

bus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bus by Marie age 9

peek a boo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

peek a boo by Francisco age 10

berries

berries by Kiara age 12

broken wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

broken wall by Gianie age 12

after school

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

after school by Manuel age 10

neighborhood hearts and hands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

neighborhood hearts and hands by Coral age 11

 

 

 

FOR PRESS ONLY - Righteous Dopefiend: Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America

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Please note: These photographs are the copyright of Jeff Schonberg and may only be used in media stories related to the exhibition. Each image must be reproduced unaltered and cannot be cropped.

All photos captioned as follows: Photograph from the exhibition Righteous Dopefiend: Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America, December 5, 2009 through May 2010 at the Penn Museum. © Jeff Schonberg 2009.










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