Ancient Egypt: the Queensland Museum collection

Mummified hawk A mummified falconQueensland Museum has a small, but very significant, collection of objects from ancient Egypt that have been collected, donated or exchanged over the past 108 years.Radiograph (X-Ray) of a mummified falcon

It includes mementos collected by servicemen in both World Wars; a rare selection of pottery excavated from cemeteries at Esna; mummified human remains from tombs at Thebes; mummified birds from extensive animal necropoles; objects collected by scholars for exchange; and tourist collections inspired by ‘Egyptomania’, especially after the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922.

Queensland Museum’s recent research on these objects is revealing new information about the objects themselves, how the collection developed, and the early role of the Museum as an educational institution.

A highlight of our collection is fragments from a rare Book of the Dead, sections of which are held by leading institutions around the world, including the British Museum in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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24 March 2012 - 07 October 2012

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