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Between the paws of the six-story Great Sphinx in Giza, a slab of hieroglyphs tells the story of how King Thutmose IV dreamed his destiny.

The eight-foot Dream Stela was erected in 1401 B.C., 1,000 years after the Great Sphinx. Age has left the bottom third of the text unreadable.

Under the leadership of Harvard Semitic Museum curator Adam Aja, students created a reproduction of the monument, following a cast that dates to the 1840s. The work is now on display on the museum’s second floor. As an accompaniment, visitors can access an augmented-reality app that sheds light on the Sphinx throughout history.

Extension School student Caitlin Stone was one of 12 students who spent hours last fall poring over two molds Aja brought back from KU Leuven, a university in Belgium, which owns one of a group of mid-19th-century replicas.

“I just love casting,” said Stone, who is working on a master’s in museum studies. “It’s what got me interested in working with Adam. And the added element of the app is amazing in action.”

Aja concocted a blue urethane resin for his team to use in the project. The process demanded intense focus. Students from the College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Division of Continuing Education had between seven and 10 minutes to “paint” the poured resin into the molds’ tiny crevices.

Aja reminded students to “even out.”

“We don’t want clear brushstrokes,” he said. “Curing time is 10 minutes from mixing time to application. After that, the veneer will layer thicker.”

Students work quickly to paint resin into molds made from a cast of the ancient Egyptian monument.

 

Idabelle Paterson, a gap-year student who will start at Harvard in the fall, worked on the project as part of a three-month internship with the museum.

“It’s a great opportunity to learn how the cast process works and it’s an interesting glimpse into what museum life is like. The fact that we are able to re-create what the stela really looks like is incredible. It’s an invaluable experience.”

Peter Der Manuelian, Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology and director of the museum, said that the sunk relief was a first for the exhibit spaces.

“We don’t have anything like this,” he said. “It grew out of Adam’s expertise in developing Mesopotamian resin relief casts. His thinking as both archaeologist and museum curator gave it the right balance. It has to catch the light to really show how impressive it was intended to look.”

The reproduction was installed in March. More than 300 students from Der Manuelian’s course “Pyramid Schemes: The Archaeological History of Ancient Egypt” tested the augmented reality app, which displays an overlay of clear hieroglyphs on the slab as well as translations of several sections.

When Kushi Mallikarjun ’19 clicked on the Sphinx icon, the towering creature appeared, visible in different eras (Old Kingdom, New Kingdom, and now) in 360 degrees.

“The Dream Stela and the augmented reality made me feel like I was actually traveling back thousands of years,” said Mallikarjun. “The fact that I could move the phone and see different parts of Giza made me feel present at the site. The augmented reality also provided a translation of the entire stela, which was really cool since normally I would have very little clue as to what it says. It was a great learning experience and makes the younger generation more interested in archaeology and ancient civilizations.”

 

 

 

Written By: Jill Radsken

Video by Kai-Jae Wang/Harvard Staff

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When a new designer somehow manages to change the aesthetic scene of an entire event, it’s a pretty safe bet they’re the next big thing. Such was the case with this year’s Whitney Art Party, with Alexandra O’Neill giving the crowd a much needed ‘Kira Kira’ shine, dressing everyone from Hilary Rhoda to Ashley Graham in her line Markarian’s latest collection of dream, prêt-à-party dresses.Fresh off a November launch on The Platform, Moda Operandi’s new incubator for emerging designers, Markarian’s is a “feminine and ethereal” look – one pretty piece after another that will have you making an occasion out of just about anything. As one who clearly practices what she preaches, Alexandra’s Greenwich Village home is just as well styled as the designer herself. We caught up with Ali at her divinely decorated downtown abode to get the skinny on everything from her must-shop stores to that one piece every woman should have in her closet. 

 

 

 

How did you find yourself in the design world?

My grandmother, GiGi, lived with my family growing up and taught me how to sew at a very young age. I fell in love with making clothing when I was 10 and always knew this is what I wanted to do. GiGi still helps me with tricky patterns and structure now.

 

 

What’s your favorite occasion to dress for?

I will take any excuse to dress up a little and love getting dressed for the holidays. My grandparents throw a party at their home on Christmas Eve every year that our whole family gets decked out for. My Great Aunt Beth has worn this incredible gold velvet floor length skirt for the past 30 years that is beautiful. The party is so festive and puts you into such wonderful holiday spirits.

 

 

What’s your everyday go-to look?

Light washed Levi’s, a t-shirt, and a vintage jacket.

 

 

What are some of your most loved labels or stores?

I am a vintage hound. My favorite vintage store in the city is Edith Machinist in the LES. I also find such incredible treasures at the Manhattan Vintage show every time it happens. Other stores I love are Antony Todd home, the Apartment by the Line, and the well curated collections and events at the Moda Operandi Madison store.

 

 

 

What’s the one piece every woman should have in her closet?

A knock out dress that she always feels beautiful in no matter where she’s going or what she is doing.

 

 

Would your ideal night be going out or staying in?

I love having people over to my apartment for dinner parties or movie night, everyone feels at home there. I do also love to go out dancing every now and then though…

 

 

What was your favorite part of designing your apartment?

I loved scrolling through all of the listings on 1st dibs.

 

 

Who’s style do you just adore?

GiGi’s!

 

 

 

 

Written By: Christie Grimm

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Old Fashioned Mom Coffee, the best Coffee I have ever had. This is big! Love everything about it, the taste, texture, packaging, customer service, Old School for sure, the way everything should be.  I am a customer for life.  -Amy Riley

 

Unbelievable Coffee! I have traveled all over the world and never experienced such bold, extraordinarily delicious flavors. I am so addicted to this Coffee!!! – Charles Bourbon

 

This Coffee is insanely rich, completely decadent, notes of Chocolate and Caramel. I drink it hot and iced. This Coffee is going to take over the World, I can’t get enough of it. Old Fashioned Mom Coffee, perfect name!! -Anne Van Niekerk

 

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This is the best tasting Coffee I have ever had in my life. The flavor is so rich yet smooth, not bitter like all the other Coffees. Finally, the most delicious Coffee has arrived. Thank goodness I found it!! -Jane Fausett

 

Hooked for Life!!! This Coffee is truly the best Coffee in the World, their not joking. The secret Roast they use for the beans is so delicious, I have never tasted anything like it. I order 4 lbs at a time and can’t keep it around for even a week. I love it! -Mary J. Stringer

 

Old Fashioned Mom Coffee, the best Coffee I have ever had. This is big! Love everything about it, the taste, texture, packaging, customer service, Old School for sure, the way everything should be.  I am a customer for life. -Amy Riley

 

Unbelievable Coffee! I have traveled all over the world and never experienced such bold, extraordinarily delicious flavors. I am so addicted to this Coffee!!! -Charles Bourbon

 

This Coffee is insanely rich, completely decadent, notes of Chocolate and Caramel. I drink it hot and iced. This Coffee is going to take over the World, I can’t get enough of it. Old Fashioned Mom Coffee, perfect name!! -Anne Van Niekerk

 

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A massive, wildly decorated within an inch of its life, nine-bedroom, 11-bathroom, five-and-a-half-bath, approximately 32,000-square-foot home is for sale in Wappinger Falls. Referred to as the “Fifth Avenue of Country Living,” this sprawling 25-acre estate is asking $30 million. With a sculpture garden, basketball and tennis courts, swimming pool with two cabanas, 8,000-square-foot veranda, three playgrounds, private guest cottages and an ice rink and more, this compound is truly unique.

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Owned by the New York City socialite, artist and lifestyle brand Old Fashioned Mom CEO Michelle-Marie Heinemann, this Hudson Valley estate is decorated and decorated and decorated. Heinemann told the Wall Street Journal: “It’s been like a little baby in a cradle. It’s been loved, adored and respected and, as a result, it’s grown.”

Heinemann, who says she is “moved by color and texture,” covered every wall, floor and ceiling with something either wildly colorful or ornate. The entrance all greets guests with painted stairs and a two-story filled with art.

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The three-story solarium lets in tons of natural light (clearly enough to grow blue trees).

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The dining room, that can easily fit a 20-person table plus an extra seating area, has sloped, cloud painted ceilings and wood floors.

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The kitchen has two banquettes and built-in cabinets.

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There are some cozier rooms in the home but all have ornate lighting fixtures and fireplaces. Every room has either visual or physical access to the outside.

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A formal antechamber has ornate stained glass windows, wallpaper on the walls and ceilings and french doors leading to the veranda.

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A gorgeous, two-story solarium is large enough to have two seating areas and a grand piano. The 35-foot tall glass is bulletproof.

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The outdoor spaces are very stately and provide a variety of viewing areas, whether it’s over the sculpture garden or by a roaring fire.

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There are also basketball and tennis courts.

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And a spacious private guest cottage where friends can stay for extraordinarily long amounts of time and never get in owner’s way.

There is also a solarium, two libraries, eight wood-burning fireplaces, two kitchens, a wine cellar, an ice rink, a home theatre, a three-story glass rotunda in private wing, multiple verandas and an art gallery. There are also three “tiny houses” on the property, ranging from 550 to 675 square feet, to house staff.

As if all of that was not odd enough, there is an “apartment” in the property that is listed on HomeAway for $324 a night. So if you are thinking of buying, maybe just spend a few nights and see what you think.

 

Written By: Michelle Colman

All photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman