Monday, February 02, 2009

Egypt, Egypt Everywhere

Hot on the heels of news of the Louvre's upcoming "Gates of Heaven" exhibition comes this new exhibit of Egyptian wall paintings. Apropos of nothing, The Times name-dropped Lara Croft in its recent article on the show:
Of course, in an ugly way, Egyptian tomb-chapels are sites of continuing cultural importance for us as well. The other night, as I surfed the airwaves in vain for signs of sentience, I came across Angelina Jolie dashing through one while lightly disguised as the buxom tomb-raider Lara Croft. As she careered from one dangerous underground maze to another, not even the spectacular silliness of her story line could disguise the continuing fascination of such places.

Did someone out there say "conditioning process?"

UPDATE: As always, great information in the comments section. Accidental Alchemist comments on this pyramid coins:

Click to enlarge. Love the QEII coin- quite incongruous. Check out Alchemie's blog on the subject.