This "Egyptian version of Master of the Universe," according to curator Bianchi, boasts four arms and two sets of wings, and is escorted by several snakes, all representing his supernatural powers.
This funerary Amphora from dynasty XIX 1395-1196 BC is carved from a single block of alabaster and is decorated with encaustic (pigments suspended in molten wax).
This sarcophagus, purchased from the estate of designer Yves Saint Laurent, is one of the largest antiquities in the exhibit. It is thought by Dr. Bianchi to be from around 1000 BC. It has barely legible hieroglyphs that the curator has worked on translating.
The God Horace as Falcon, Dynasty XXI -XXV 1080-655 BC, represents the ancient Egyptians' belief in royal power and kingship that came from the Falcon, the bird they observed as the highest-flying in their world.
The gala was attended by several hundred people who were treated to hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer in the lobby.
There was even a balloon Sphinx to watch over the crowd.
Billie Jo Wilson, Josh Goff and Tanya Rodriguez walk like Egyptians. These actors added to the ancient feel of the evening.
The Museum of Fine Arts in St Petersburg
The must-see exhibit includes five galleries of antiquities and is paired with a photography exhibition, Forever in a Moment — photographs of Egypt, created during the 19th century, a period of great archaeological exploration and worldwide fascination with ancient culture.
Ancient Egypt — Art and Magic: Treasures from the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art runs through April 19 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive N.E., St. Petersburg, 727-896-2667; adults, $17; seniors, 65 and older, $15; military with ID, $15; college students with current ID, $10; ages 7 to 18, $10; children 6 and younger, free. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon-5 p.m.