The Fitzwilliam, Cambridge

Visited on the 11th January 2015

The Fitzwilliam Museum

Trumpington Street,

Cambridge CB2 1RB

003 004 4 (2)

Telephone number: 01223 332900


Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00am – 17:00pm

Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays:  12:00am – 17:00pm

CLOSED: Mondays, Good Friday, 24-26 & 31 December and 1 January

Admission is free

Photography is allowed but no flash

(some sites say it isnt permitted but i asked and there was no problems)

 The Egyptian Collection

The museum holds 6,854 ancient Egyptian and Sudanese objects which are part of the Archaeology collection.


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The Egyptology collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum is part of the Antiquities Department. The splendid seven-ton sarcophagus lid of Ramesses III (E.1.1823), which stands prominently in gallery 20, was presented to the Museum by G.B. Belzoni in 1823, seven years after the establishment of the museum.

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The Granite sarcophagus of the scribe Hunefer.

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The coffins of Nespawershefyt : This set of coffins was made to contain the body of Nespawershefyt, an important official at the temple of Amun at Karnak who lived around 990-940 BC. At this period people no longer had elaborately decorated tomb chapels, choosing to put the decoration on the coffins instead.

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As good-quality wood is scarce in Egypt, wooden objects are often made up of many pieces of wood. These coffins include pieces of Ziziphus spina-Christi (Christ’s thorn) and Ficus sycomorus (sycomore fig). To cover up any joins or patches, a thin layer of gesso (plaster) was laid over the wood, which provided a good surface for the application of coloured pigments. The glossy, bright yellow varnish is very typical of the finish applied to decorated surfaces at this period.

It is not known where they acquired them, or what happened to the body of Nespawershefyt, but he is likely to have been buried at Thebes, near Karnak.

Coffin and Funeray Goods of Nakhtefmut: Egypt, c.890 BC

The Osiris, beloved divine father, opener of the two doors of heaven of Ipetsut…

This richly painted coffin, made from cartonnage – linen stiffened with plaster – once held the mummified remains of Nakhtefmut, an employee in Ipetsut, the temple of Amun-Re, the chief god at Thebes.

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From the honorific titles quoted above, which are written in hieroglyphs down the front of the coffin, it seems that he held a significant position within this great sanctuary. The inscription states that the same titles were held by his father, grandfather and great grandfather. Although the Egyptian king was considered the chief priest in the country, the everyday running of temples and the performance of rituals were delegated to other priests and functionaries. Judging by his coffin, Nakhtefmut was an important and wealthy man.

Sandstone Naos 1479-1425BC. El Kab

On the outer walls of the shrine, Thutmose III makes an offering to Amun-Re and receives life from Horus of Behdet and protection from the goddess Nekhbet

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Classes of objects represented in the collection include: amulets; basketry/ropes; canopic jars and lids; coffins; coins; faience figures; faience vessels; flints; food/plant material; foundation deposits; funerary cones; furniture; glass vessels; jewellery; metal figures; metal vessels; animal remains (mummies); human remains (mummies); offering tables; ostraca; papyri; pottery; ‘Ptah-Sokar-Osiris’ figures; relief sculpture; scarabs/sealings; shabtis; shabti boxes; cosmetic palettes; soul houses; stelae (stone); stone figures; stone vessels; textiles/leather; toilet articles; tomb models; tools/weapons; wooden figures.

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