Visited on 15th & 16th May 2014
Address: 75001 Paris, France
Opening Times: Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday: from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Closed on Tuesdays
Rooms begin closing 30 minutes before museum closing time.
Telephone: +33 1 40 20 50 50
Métro Station: Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre (Line 1) (Line 7 is currently closed)
Prices: Tickets for the Permanent Collections: €12
Full-day access to the Louvre, except for temporary exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon
also valid for the Musée Eugène Delacroix.
Tickets for Exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon: €13
Combined Ticket: €16
Access to the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions in both the Louvre and the Musée Eugène Delacroix.
The museum is always busy and unless you buy your tickets in advance you will have to queue, visit the website at:
Egyptian Antiquities Collection
The department, comprising over 50,000 pieces, includes artifacts from the Nile civilizations which date from 4,000 BC to the 4th century. The collection, among the world’s largest, overviews Egyptian life spanning Ancient Egypt, the Middle Kingdom, the New Kingdom, Coptic art, and the Roman, Ptolemaic, and Byzantine periods.
The department’s origins lie in the royal collection, but it was augmented by Napoleon’s 1798 expeditionary trip with Dominique Vivant, the future director of the Louvre. After Jean-François Champollion translated the Rosetta Stone, Charles X decreed that an Egyptian Antiquities department be created.
Champollion advised the purchase of three collections, formed by Edmé-Antoine Durand, Henry Salt and Bernardino Drovet; these additions added 7,000 works. Growth continued via acquisitions by Auguste Mariette, founder of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Mariette, after excavations at Memphis, sent back crates of archaeological finds including The Seated Scribe.
Guarded by the Large Sphinx (c. 2000 BC), the collection is housed in more than 30 rooms. Holdings include art, papyrus scrolls, mummies, tools, clothing, jewellery, games, musical instruments, and weapons.
Pieces from the ancient period include the Gebel el-Arak Knife from 3400 BC, The Seated Scribe, and the Head of King Djedefre. Middle Kingdom art, “known for its gold work and statues”, moved from realism to idealization; this is exemplified by the schist statue of Amenemhatankh and the wooden Offering Bearer.
New Kingdom and Coptic Egyptian sections are deep, but the statue of the goddess Nephthys and the limestone depiction of the goddess Hathor demonstrate New Kingdom sentiment and wealth.
Rooms: 1: Crypt of the sphinx .2: Vestibule.3: The Nile River. 4: Field labour. The mastaba. 5: Animal husbandry, hunting and fishing. 6: Writing and scribes. 7: Materials and techniques. 8: The home and furniture. 9: Jewels, clothing, and body care. 10: Leisure: Music and games. 11: The forecourt of the temple. 12: The temple. 13: Crypt of Osiris. The royal tomb. 14: Sarcophagi. 15: The mummy. Embalming and burial. 16: Tombs. 17: The Book of dead. L’équipement funéraire. 18: Gods and magic. 19: Animals and the gods. 20: Naqada period. The end of prehistory 21: Thinite period. The first two dynasties. 22: The Old Kingdom. Seated Scribe. 23: The Middle Kingdom. 24: The New Kingdom. 25: The New Kingdom: the period of Akhenaton and Nefertiti. 26: The New Kingdom: Tutankhamun and his successors. 27: The New Kingdom: The period of Ramses. 28: The New Kingdom: The period of Ramses. Princes and courtisans. 29: The Third Intermediate Period. The Saite period. The beginnings of Persian domination. 30: From the last Egyptian Pharaohs to Cleopatra. The Nectenebos, Alexander the Great, and the Ptolemy dynasty. A: Roman Egypt. B: Coptic Egypt. C: The room Baouit.
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