Ipswich Museum

Visited on January 13th 2018

Ipswich Museum is a registered museum of culture, history and natural heritage located on High Street (off Crown Street) in Ipswich.

It was historically the leading regional museum in Suffolk, housing collections drawn from both the former counties of East Suffolk and West Suffolk, which were amalgamated in 1974.

Address: Ipswich Museum, High Street, Ipswich IP1 3QH

Telephone: 01473 433551

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm Sundays 11am to 5pm

Admission is Free and Photography is allowed (without Flash)

Website: https://www.ipswich.gov.uk/services/ipswich-museum

The Egyptian Collection

The museum holds approximately 800 ancient Egyptian objects which are part of the Archaeology collection.

Classes of objects represented in the collection include: amulets; canopic jars; coffins; faience figures; flints; furniture; glass vessels; jewellery; metal figures; animal remains (mummies); pottery; ‘Ptah-Sokar-Osiris’ figures; relief sculpture; scarabs; cosmetic palettes; shabtis; shabiti boxes; soul houses; stelae, stone figures; stone vessels; textiles; toilet articles; tomb models; wooden figures.


Titos Flavios Demetrios Mask

Titos lived and died in Egypt about 2000 years ago in a time when the Roman Empire ruled the Nile Valley. He was a wealthy man born about 400 years after his Greek ancestors settled in Egypt after Alexander the Great conquered it in 305 BC. His three names tell us he was also a Roman citizen. We do not know why he was given citizenship as it is unlikely he ever visited Rome but it certainly made him one of the most important men living in his town of Hawara in the middle of Egypt.

He may have been a Roman citizen and of Greek descent but Titus Flavius Demetrius died an Egyptian and believed he would live in the afterlife with Osiris and the other gods. His body was mummified and an incredible mask made of layers of linen and plaster and covered with gold was placed over his face.

Full Set of Pictures can be found at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127735911@N08/albums