String figure with beaded hair

First Intermediate Period 2160-2055 BCE, Textile, glass, H. 8 cm, W. 3 cm, D. 2 cm (ECM.1843-2010) This charming figure is made of fine thread knotted into bundles and wrapped around bunches of thicker string. The body is wrapped in sections, with separate bundles of thread used for the legs, arms, torso, and head. The... Continue Reading →

Figure of an Ibis

The ibis was one manifestation of Thoth, the god associated with divine knowledge and writing. Late Period - Ptolemaic Period 664-30 BCE, Copper alloy, travertine and gold, H. 3.5 cm, W. 3 cm, D. 1 cm (ECM.1692-2010) The breed of ibis specifically sacred to Thoth is the African sacred ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus) which became extinct... Continue Reading →

Thoth and the African Sacred Ibis

In ancient Egypt, the ibis was one manifestation of Thoth, the god associated with divine knowledge and writing. The breed of ibis specifically sacred to Thoth is the African Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus) which became extinct in Egypt in the mid-19th century. This species has a white body, here represented by travertine, and a black... Continue Reading →

Funerary Objects and Afterlife in Egypt

The Egyptians believed that the afterlife was a mirror-image of life on earth.¬†They thought the soul lived on within the body & would continue to need familiar things. They hoped to be reanimated after death & do all the things they could do while they were alive. Shabti dolls were funerary figures who accompanied the... Continue Reading →

Feeding the Oryxes

Travel to Ancient Egypt in this Antiquities double-bill, where we explore the ancient world through selected objects in the Museum of Antiquities and in the exhibition Ancient Beings.

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