Category: museums

Wellcome Museum Material: Wigmore Street, show…

Wellcome Museum Material: Wigmore Street, showcase in Statury Hall: Egyptian Medicine. Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (London).

Hall of the Old Kingdom with a statue of the p…

Hall of the Old Kingdom with a statue of the priest Ranefer, Museum of Boulaq (former Cairo Museum), 1860

Statue of pharaoh Horemheb before god Amun (di…

Statue of pharaoh Horemheb before god Amun (diorite). New Kingdom, Late 18th Dynasty, ca. 1338-1308 BC. Now in the Luxor Museum.

Outer coffin of Queen Ahmose-Meritamun (cedarw…

Outer coffin of Queen Ahmose-Meritamun (cedarwood), from the Tomb of Ahmose-Meritamun (TT358) at Deir el-Bahari, sister and the wife of Pharaoh Amenhotep I. New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1550-1292 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Photo: Yonathan Kellerman

Ptolemaic two-handled ceramic cup with appli…

Ptolemaic two-handled ceramic cup with applied moldmade relief erotic scenes.

Ptolemaic period, ca. 332-30 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Turin.

Egypt’s treasures to receive a new $1 billion …

Costing more than $1 billion, the museum will re-house and restore some of the country’s most precious relics. Its expansive, glass-fronted building offers sweeping panoramas of the Giza plateau and Great Pyramids, which stand just two kilometers away.

The artifact joins tens of thousands of others in the museum’s collection. Many have been revitalized by an army of conservationists and archaeologists, a long overdue operation for a country with thousands of years’ of civilization to preserve.

Some of the items might have been lost forever were it not for the Grand Egyptian Museum’s specialized labs, which now make up one of the largest conservation centers in the world. Read more.

Statue of the Lector Priest Kaaper, known as…

Statue of the Lector Priest Kaaper, known as Sheikh el-Belad

(sycamore wood,

eyes made from rock crystal rimmed with copper), from his Mastaba C8 in North Saqqara.

At the time of its discovery by Auguste Mariette, an unpopular mayor in the village had died, and when the local workmen looked into the eyes of this statue they believed that he had returned.

Thus, Mariette dubbed it the Sheikh el-Balad, The Headman of the Village.

Old Kingdom, 5th Dynasty, ca. 2494-2345 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Board game table or “Senet” of Tutankhamun, fr…

Board game table or “Senet” of Tutankhamun, from the Tomb of Tutankhamun. Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

“From about 2000 BCE onward, Egypt served as…

“From about 2000 BCE onward, Egypt served as an important nexus for cultural exchange in the eastern Mediterranean, importing and exporting not just wares but also new artistic techniques and styles. Egyptian, Greek, and Roman craftsmen imitated one another’s work, creating cultural and artistic hybrids that transcended a single tradition. Yet in spite of the remarkable artistic production that resulted from these interchanges, the complex vicissitudes of exchange between Egypt and the Classical world over the course of nearly 2500 years have not been comprehensively explored in a major exhibition or publication in the United States. It is precisely this aspect of Egypt’s history, however, that Beyond the Nile uncovers.”

― Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World

Double statue of Sennefer with his wife Sent…

Double statue of Sennefer with his wife Sentnay

and daughter, from Karnak. New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1550-1292 BC. Egyptian Museum, Cairo.