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Egyptian

Egypt is one of the best-known ancient cultures because of the publicity that surrounded the discovery of magnificent tombs of its kings (pharaohs) in the early twentieth century. The distinctive style of Egyptian art, as well as the role of art in elaborate funerary rituals, captivates modern imagination. Egyptian culture had significant influence in ancient times as well, due to extensive trade networks. Egypt's location in northeastern Africa allowed for interaction with other African cultures, its development near the coast of the Mediterranean Sea promoted European contacts, and its proximity to the Red Sea linked it with the Near East and India. The Egyptian collection includes types of art that may be familiar, from the sarcophagus lid for a mummy to faience amulets. More unusual examples, such as the wooden head of a pharaoh with some of its original gilt decoration, are included as well.

Egyptian
Servant Figure of a Brewer
Old Kingdom, 5th Dynasty, ca. 2565–2420 BC
Limestone and paint
H. 7 7/8 in. (20.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 77.77

Egyptian
Head of a Pharaoh
Third Intermediate period, 21st–22nd Dynasties, ca. 1070–712 BC
Wood covered with gesso, gilding, and glass inlays
H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Jane and Roger Wolcott Memorial, 69.158

Egyptian or Nubian
Storage Jar with Boats
Predynastic period (Late Naqada II), ca. 3500–3300 BC
Terracotta
H. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Frederick Stafford, 59.45

Egyptian (found in Mastaba B, South Pyramid, Al Lisht)
Model of Estate Workshops: Granary, Bakery, and Weaver's Shop
Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, 1991–1782 BC
Wood, paint
L. 19.5 in. (49.5 cm), W. 19 1/16 in. (48.5 cm), H. of walls, 3 ½–4 3/8 in. (9–11 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, William Lowe Bryan Memorial, 58.34

Egyptian
Isis with Infant Horus
Late Period, 26th Dynasty, 664–525 BC
Bronze, gold
H. 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm), W. 2 3/4 in. (6.99 cm), L. 6 1/2 in. (16.51 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 69.135.6

Egyptian
Cat Nursing Kittens
Late period, 664–342 BC
Bronze
L. 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 69.135.5

Egyptian
Sarchophagus Lid
Late period, 4th century BC
Wood, paint, gilding
H. 68 1/2 in. (174 cm), W. 20 1/4 in. (51.43 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 61.103

Greco-Egyptian
Necklace with Head of Bes
Ptolomaic period, 2nd–1st century BC
Faience
L. 18 3/8 in. (46.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 69.107.9A

Egyptian
Osiris Canopic Statuette
1st–2nd century AD
Bronze
H. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm), W. 1 1/2 in (3.8 cm), L. 1 5/8 in (4.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 76.20.3