|Mummy of Artemidorus|
Keeping with the mother's day theme, i headed off to the Egyptian room to check out some mummy's. Imagine my surprise when I ran across this beauty of relic! check out the name! Artedimorus!
|'are you my mother'?|
Get it? "ARTE"dimorous? Not everyone has a mother named ARTA. and not many daughters face such a challenge in trying to find their mother's names in the traces of history! I face a similar challenge with my wonderful mother in law, since VERLAINE is also a bit uncommon, but at least I can find her name in the poems of Paul Verlaine (when my french is up to the task)
And so, standing in the middle of the British Museum, my mind flipped back to one of the much loved books of my childhood, "Are You My Mother?" (does anyone else remember that one? where the little bird falls out of the nest and goes in search of its mother, asking cows, cats, dogs and construction equipment if any of them are its mother?) So... i felt the same way here: like a daughter who expectedly got to spend some time with her mummy!
|Inscription from the Palace of Darius...|
The inscription is written in honour of King Artaxerxes III. Seriously?! ARTA-xerxes? Twice in one day?