Updated: Jun 3
Museums are a great place to learn about our culture over time. They resemble the beliefs and culture of our forefathers. It is extremely difficult to visit multiple museums and observe multiple sculptures at the same time. What if we could see the Mona Lisa painting and a painting of a starry night at the same time, which is practically impossible?.
However, with the virtual museum concept, we will turn the impossible into the possible. With virtual museums, users can view multiple sculptures at the same time. Virtual museums are digital simulations of various sculptures that are placed in these virtual worlds. Users can enter these virtual worlds via virtual or augmented reality technology. Augmented reality is just the overlaying of digital stuff into our real-world using a smartphone camera. When it comes to virtual reality, is entirely a digital world that can be experienced with a VR headset and a mobile device. Another advantage is that consumers can use QR codes or web links to experience AR and VR without having to install any special apps.
We're planning to release Virtual Museums in episodes, thus the first one is called Ancient Powers. In this first episode, we'll walk you through two sculptures in a nicely-designed virtual space. Those sculptures are a bust of Nefertiti and Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is a great god who represents Indian culture, whereas Queen Nefertiti represents Egyptian culture. These two sculptures will be used to boost ancient powers in virtual museums episode 1.
The Nefertiti Bust is a painted stucco-coated limestone bust of Nefertiti, Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten's Great Royal Wife. Thutmose is claimed to have created the sculpture in 1345 BCE because it was discovered in his workshop in Amarna, Egypt. It is one of ancient Egypt's most copied works. Nefertiti became a symbol of feminine beauty and one of the most famous women of the ancient world.
The bust was discovered in Thutmose's workshop in 1912 by a German archaeological team led by Ludwig Borchardt.
Since its discovery, it has been housed in a bank cellar, a salt mine in Merkers-Kieselbach, the Dahlem museum, the Egyptian Museum in Charlottenburg, and the Altes Museum in Germany. It is currently on display at Berlin's Neues Museum, where it was first displayed before World War II.
The bust of Nefertiti has become a cultural symbol of both Berlin and ancient Egypt. It was also the subject of a heated debate between Egypt and Germany over Egyptian requests for its repatriation, which began in 1924 when the bust was first shown to the public. Egyptian inspectors claimed that their predecessors were misled about the actual bust before allowing it to leave the country, and the Berlin museum cites an official protocol signed at the time by the German excavator and the Egyptian Antiquities Service regarding "a painted plaster bust of a princess."
This specific Lord Ganesha sculpture can be found at a Thai museum. It was discovered on December 6, 1912, in Amarna, Egypt. This sculpture was created between the 10th and 11th centuries. Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu god, stands upright on a double lotus-shaped base. He consumes sweetmeats from a bowl in his lower left hand, pot-bellied and with his plump feet pushed together. Ganesha,
the destroyer of barriers is invoked at the beginning of any endeavour, from weddings to the founding of a new business. He is thought to eliminate distractions and defend against evil. Although this sculpture was made in a Hindu-Buddhist environment on the Indonesian island of Java, Ganesha's global beauty is evident. His image is still on the Indonesian currency, which has the world's largest Muslim population.
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