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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.


Recent acquisitions

Link to Coffin, Coffin Board and Mummy of Tahat   Coffin, Coffin Board and Mummy of Tahat

Egypt. 21st Dynasty, ca. 1070–946 BC. Painted wood, linen, and human remains. 1999.1.17a-d
  Link to Coffin Board   Coffin Board

Egypt. 21st Dynasty, ca.1070–946 BC. Painted wood. 1999.1.12


Link to Face from a Coffin   Face from a Coffin

Egypt. Early Third Intermediate Period, ca. 1070–712 BC. Painted wood. 1999.1.145
       


Permanent collection

Link to Oxyrhynchus Fish with Donor   Oxyrhynchus Fish with Donor

Late Period, ca. 712–332 BC. Bronze, lapis lazuli, red glass. Gift of the Connoisseurs, 1987.1
  Link to Statue of a Kneeling Official   Statue of a Kneeling Official

Late Period, 26th Dynasty, ca. 664–525 BC. Basalt. Gift of the Connoisseurs, 1988.4.1


Link to Coffin of Nebetit   Coffin of Nebetit

Late 11th Dynasty, ca. 2061–1991 BC. Wood, plaster, paint. Funded by John A. Manget, 1921.2
  Link to Headrest with Fluted Pedestal   Headrest with Fluted Pedestal

4th–5thDynasties, ca. 2575–2323 BC. Calcite (Egyptian alabaster). Funded by John A. Manget, 1921.7


Link to Wrapped Mummy with Cartonnage Trappings   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
  Link to Fragment of a Book of the Dead, belonging to Paheby, son of Ankhpakhered and Takhebyt   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


Link to Statuette of the Goddess Taweret   Statuette of the Goddess Taweret

Late Period, ca. 712–332 BC. Faience. L1994.12.103
  Link to Statuette of Isis and Horus   Statuette of Isis and Horus

30th Dynasty–Early Ptolemaic Period, ca. 380–200 BC. Faience. Gift in memory of Dr. Charles Shute. 2000.4


Link to Shawabti of Neferibresaneith, Son of Shepenbastet   Shawabti of Neferibresaneith, Son of Shepenbastet

26th Dynasty, ca. 664–525 BC. Faience. Gift of the Atlantes Society by exchange. 1998.11
       


On loan

Link to Boat Model   Boat Model

Egypt. 11th Dynasty, ca. 2134–1991 BC. Painted wood. Lent by the Semitic Museum, Harvard University. L1999.25.2
  Link to Triad   Triad

Egypt. Ramesside Period, 1293–1070 BC. Granite. Lent by the Semitic Museum, Harvard University. L1999.25.1


Link to New Year's Flask   New Year's Flask

Egypt. 26th Dynasty, ca. 685–525 BC. Faience. Lent by the Semitic Museum, Harvard University. L1999.25.7
  Link to Ostracon   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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