Wonderful, inspiring example of research on material in museum collections that opens up new perspectives on people in antiquity. Looking forward to finding out more about this discovery.
Curator of Egypt and Sudan
Making new discoveries is one of the most exciting aspects of working with Manchester Museum’s collection from Ancient Egypt and Sudan. Finding links with the British Museum’s much larger collection has enabled new identifications of objects previously overlooked. This was the subject of animated discussions with colleagues from Egypt and Sudan, who have visited Manchester with the ITP programme. Here, I describe one such ‘discovery’.
This sculptural fragment (Acc. no. 4624) came to the Manchester Museum from the excavations of Edouard Naville at the site of Deir el-Bahri between 1894 and 1907. A more precise provenance for the piece or when exactly it entered the collection is not known. The fragment is 48.5cm high and 31cm wide, made of indurated limestone, and depicts the lower portion of a seated figure at about half lifesize. It is badly damaged but still carries…
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