Figure of Sakhmet. Late Period, 26th Dynasty, ca.600 BCE. Faience. [ECM 1716] Here is a figure found in the Myers Collection. In the Late Period, 26th Dynasty ca. 600 BCE, this figure was worshiped by Ancient Egyptians. ‘Sakhmet was a goddess of fury, the Powerful One, the fiery Eye of the sun god Re whom... Continue Reading →
The Clap for our Carers tribute takes place at 8pm every Thursday, encouraging everyone in the UK to applaud the NHS and all key workers from their doorsteps, windows or balconies. People have also been showing their support by sharing rainbows in inventive displays in windows, gardens and more. We've been chasing rainbows across the collections as... Continue Reading →
Learn about a selection of objects from the Museum of Antiquities, and get creative colouring them in.
One of the star items in Ancient Beings, an exhibition of 32 Ancient Egyptian artefacts recently returned from loan and displayed in the Tower Gallery, is this fragment of the Book of Amduat. The Book of Amduat is an Ancient Egyptian funerary text and was intended to be a guidebook for the deceased, to assist... Continue Reading →
A highlight of the popular Antiquities collection at Eton College is the mummification display. Recently we noticed that some of the wrappings on the mummified heads were starting to shed and come loose. To understand why this was happening and to repair the damage we brought in Jenny Mathiasson who specializes in the conservation of... Continue Reading →
The transportation of a pair of ancient Egyptian feet (ECM.2189-2010) to their new home in the Jafar Gallery. BACKGROUND The object in question was a pair of extremely heavy red granite c3000 year old feet which were once part of a larger statue of the Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II (known to the Greeks as Ozymandias).... Continue Reading →
At some point in the 1970s a small Roman coin was discovered in a garden off Eton High Street. It was not until 1984, however, that Jack Speller was able to get his find properly identified by the Keeper of Antiquities at Eton College, Dr Michael Ballance. What he had uncovered was a coin of... Continue Reading →