Permanent Collection: Ancient Egyptian Art
The collection of Ancient Egyptian and Nubian antiquities at the Michael C. Carlos Museum covers the full spectrum of Nile Valley civilization, from the earliest Prehistoric times, to the period of Roman domination. At the core of the collection are the artifacts acquired by Emory professor William Shelton, who traveled to Egypt in 1920. The collection has experienced tremendous growth, beginning in 1999 with the purchase of Egyptian antiquities from a small, private museum in Niagara Falls, Canada. The objects from the Niagara Falls Museum had been purchased in Egypt during the early 1860s, and include ten mummies, nine coffins, and a variety of other artifacts. The Niagara collection consists primarily of funerary material from the 21st Dynasty (ca. 1070–946 BC) to the Roman Period (ca. 31 BC–395 AD), a time of great achievement in the funerary arts.
Included in the 1999 purchase was a previously unidentified male mummy. Through research and collaboration with Emory University medical experts, Carlos Museum scholars determined it to be that of the pharaoh Ramesses I. The museum returned the mummy to Egypt in 2003 as a gift of goodwill and international cultural cooperation. Learn more about Ramesses I.
The galleries have just re-opened after an extensive refurbishment which included the addition of nearly 100 recently acquired masterworks.
|Coffin, Coffin Board and Mummy of Tahat Egypt. 21st Dynasty, ca. 1070–946 BC. Painted wood, linen, and human remains. 1999.1.17a-d||Coffin Board Egypt. 21st Dynasty, ca.1070–946 BC. Painted wood. 1999.1.12|
|Face from a Coffin Egypt. Early Third Intermediate Period, ca. 1070–712 BC. Painted wood. 1999.1.145|
|Oxyrhynchus Fish with Donor Late Period, ca. 712–332 BC. Bronze, lapis lazuli, red glass. Gift of the Connoisseurs, 1987.1||Statue of a Kneeling Official Late Period, 26th Dynasty, ca. 664–525 BC. Basalt. Gift of the Connoisseurs, 1988.4.1|
|Coffin of Nebetit Late 11th Dynasty, ca. 2061–1991 BC. Wood, plaster, paint. Funded by John A. Manget, 1921.2||Headrest with Fluted Pedestal 4th–5thDynasties, ca. 2575–2323 BC. Calcite (Egyptian alabaster). Funded by John A. Manget, 1921.7|
|Wrapped Mummy with Cartonnage Trappings Late Ptolemaic Period, ca. 167–30 BC. Human remains, linen, cartonnage, paint, gilt. Funded by John A. Manget, 1921.6||Fragment of a Book of the Dead, belonging to Paheby, son of Ankhpakhered and Takhebyt Ptolemaic Period, 2nd–1st centuries BC. Funded by John A. Manget, 1921.90.1a|
|Statuette of the Goddess Taweret Late Period, ca. 712–332 BC. Faience. L1994.12.103||
Statuette of Isis and Horus
30th Dynasty–Early Ptolemaic Period, ca. 380–200 BC. Faience. Gift in memory of Dr. Charles Shute. 2000.4
|Shawabti of Neferibresaneith, Son of Shepenbastet 26th Dynasty, ca. 664–525 BC. Faience. Gift of the Atlantes Society by exchange. 1998.11|
|Boat Model Egypt. 11th Dynasty, ca. 2134–1991 BC. Painted wood. Lent by the Semitic Museum, Harvard University. L1999.25.2||Triad Egypt. Ramesside Period, 1293–1070 BC. Granite. Lent by the Semitic Museum, Harvard University. L1999.25.1|
|New Year's Flask Egypt. 26th Dynasty, ca. 685–525 BC. Faience. Lent by the Semitic Museum, Harvard University. L1999.25.7||Ostracon The Valley of the Kings, Thebes, Egypt. 20th Dynasty, ca. 1185–1070 BC. Painted limestone. Lent by the Semitic Museum, Harvard University. L1999.25.13|
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