Ancient Egypt at the Fitzwilliam, Cambridge

Ancient Egypt at the Fitzwilliam, Cambridge

2016 is the bi-centennial year of the Fitzwilliam at Cambridge

 

(3 February; 200 years since they were founded), and their 1st exhibition in this year is Death on the Nile: Uncovering the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt:

 

Coffin of Nakhtefmut, ~923BC (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge)

Death on the Nile: Uncovering the Afterlife of Ancient Egypt
Tue 23 February 2016 to Sun 22 May 2016
Galleries 12 & 13; admission free
Tuesday – Saturday: 10.00 – 17.00
Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays: 12.00 – 17.00
Press release (PDF)

Although the Museum had a vast bequest at inception, not a single item was from Egypt. That began to change in 1822, when 2 Cambridge postgraduates made a trip up the Nile & sent back nested coffins dated at ~1,000BC. Many others followed in later years.

The exhibition not only shows the Museum research (they CT scan the coffin lids and, as just one example, have discovered 3,000-year-old fingerprints inside one lid) but also concentrates upon the craftsmen that produced these treasures. The coffins cover an astonishing period of 2,500 years, from the Old Kingdom(~2,700BC) to the New Kingdom (332BC, with Alexander the Great). For this show, the Museum exhibits have been joined by loans from the British Museum & includes artefacts excavated by William Matthew Petrie (a renowned archaeologist).

Finally, just to show that it is not all just coffins:-

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Wooden model of a brewing & baking workshop, ~1,950BC (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge)

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