Bellsouth Pharaohs: Life and Death in Ancient Egypt
The name Bellsouth may be a blast from the past for some people, relegated to their memories of the 90s much like the Spice Girls and Tamagotchis. Right before Bellsouth was acquired by Vodafone in 1998, they sponsored the exhibition Life and Death in Ancient Egypt from the 13th December 1997 to 8th February 1998. This exhibition featured artefacts from the National Museum of Antiquities at Leiden, The Netherlands and was organized by the Western Australian Museum. The objects used for the exhibition from the National Museum of Antiquities were collected from Egypt beginning in the 1820s and contained objects ranging from stela to coffins. The exhibition was centered around four themes; The Egyptian World, the King and his Officials, Daily life, and Life after death.
The theme The Egyptian World incorporated objects to do with gods and temples, creation myths, and the Egyptian environment. Of note was the 11m papyrus from the third intermediate period of the book of the dead of Tajoeheryt. Tajoeheryt was a singer of Amon-Ra (Chief of the Egyptian gods). The was to help the deceased find their way to the afterlife.
The King and his Officials featured statues of pharaohs but also of Preists and other officials, but also seals marked with officials and kinds names. The Daily life theme focused on items commonly used such as jewlery and vessels. Several letters were also displayed, including one found at Deir-el-medina and dated to the 20th Dynasty. One letter is between the Scribe of the Burial Place Djehutymose and his son and deputy Butehamun. During the correspondence the father tells his son in specific detail what fields need managing and how, who to look after, and what else needs doing with the estate. The final theme featured in the exhibition Life after Death featured coffins, depictions of the gods, models used in funerary contexts, and ushabti figures.