Archive | September 2012

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ARTICLE: Egyptian artifacts, between the Met and the mathaf

“If you’ve ever been to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and looked at the labels describing its many Egyptian artifacts, you would think they were all discovered in Europe. The Rogers Fund, gifts of Edward S. Harkness, gifts of the Egyptian Exploration Fund (a group of wealthy English travelers and adventurers) and […]

NEWS: Historic Ring Collection Up For Auction

NEWS: Historic Ring Collection Up For Auction

“Christie’s South Kensington will be offering more than 500 rings—dating from ancient Egypt and Rome through the 21st century—from the Collection of Jürgen Abeler of Wuppertal, Germany. The majority of the 103 lots, including several groups, will be feature as part of the auction house’s jewelry sale on October 9. More than 40 important ancient rings will be […]

NEWS: Witte’s ‘Mummies’ a little freaky

NEWS: Witte’s ‘Mummies’ a little freaky

“Ralph Voight, the Witte Museum’s director of visitor services, had only one word for the opening of the highly-anticipated “Mummies of the World” exhibition: “gangbusters.” That’s because at 3 p.m. with two hours to go on Saturday and with a line out the door, more than 1,600 visitors had come specifically for the new exhibit which […]

Museum piece #12 – ÄM 21834, ÄM 17852

Museum piece #12 – ÄM 21834, ÄM 17852

Objects ÄM 21834 and ÄM 17852 are a portrait of Queen Tiye and a crown consisting of a sun disk, cow horns and a pair of feathers, dating to the 18th Dynasty Amarna Period, and which currently reside in the Berlin Altes Museum’s Egyptian and papyrus collection. The two pieces were discovered at Medinet el-Ghurab, which is […]

NEWS: Opening up antiquities from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia

NEWS: Opening up antiquities from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia

“ACCORDING to its website (at the time of writing), the British Museum has five loan exhibitions touring across the world. One is in North America (The Printed Image in China, 8th-21st Century, at the Metropolitan in New York), one in China (Passion for Porcelain: Masterpieces of Ceramics from the British Museum and the Victoria and […]

ARTICLE: Cairo’s Egyptian Museum After The Looting

ARTICLE: Cairo’s Egyptian Museum After The Looting

“One of the most enduring events of the Egyptian uprising occurred late one night when local citizens formed a human chain to protect the Egyptian Antiquities Museum on Tahrir Square from those seeking to damage or steal its priceless contents. Sadly, this followed reports that the museum had been looted. Now, some 21 months later, […]

NEWS: Unwrapping the secrets of mummies

NEWS: Unwrapping the secrets of mummies

“San Antonians will get to make their own observations beginning this weekend. “Mummies of the World” opens Saturday at the Witte Museum” – via San Antonio Express News.