Musée des beaux-arts, Limoges

Visited on 15th June 2017

The Museum of Fine Arts of Limoges is in the former Episcopal Palace in Limoges.

Created in 1912 , the museum houses collections related to the history of Limoges. It also has Egyptian antiquities, Romanesque and Gothic sculptures.

Address: 1 Place de l’Évêché, 87000 Limoges, France

Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday thru Saturday: 9:30am–12pm, 2–5pm.

Sunday     2–5pm. Tuesdays:  Closed

 

Telephone: +33 5 55 45 98 10

Website: http://www.museebal.fr/

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Entrance Fee: Adult 5 Euros 3 Euros Concessions

Photography is permitted without flash

There are toilet facilities and a cloakroom next to the Reception.

EGYPTIAN ANTIQUITIES

Jean André Périchon was a Limousin manufacturer who spent his career in Middle Egypt in the early 20th century.

He generously bequeathed the sumptuous collection of Egyptian antiquities, representing approximately 2000 pieces, to the Museum.

As you descend the stairs immediately to your left is the Egyptian Room housing ten cabinets, the first houses wonderful Egyptian models of boats, workers, farmers etc..

Housed in the museum is a replica of the funerary tomb of the official Nakht, who was an ‘astronomer’ (Astronomer of Amun), scribe, and priest during the reign of Tutmoses IV, during the 18th Dynasty He is buried in the Theban Necropolis, in tomb TT52.

His tomb is TT 52 on the west bank. It is located within the area of the Abd el-Qurna necropolis. It was apparently discovered by villagers at Qurna prior to being cleared by the Antiquities Service in 1889. In 1917, an English Egyptologists named Norman de Garis Davies and his wife, Nina published information on the tomb which received worldwide attention.

Further details can be found at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TT52

The Detailed Sarcophagus of Iré-Hor-Irou.End of the Late Period or early Ptolemaic period, Stuccoed and painted wood, 195 cm along with funerary masks and canopic jars.

Below is a Third Intermediate period cartonnage mask.

Cabinets housing pottery, jewellery, shabtis, grave god amulets and items used in daily life, religion and death.

Full Photo Collection at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127735911@N08/albums/72157682883024781

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Egyptian Museum, Munich

Visited on 26th April 2017

The Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst (State Museum of Egyptian Art) is an archaeological museum in Munich. It contains the Bavarian state collection of Ancient Egypt art, and displays exhibits from both the predynastic and dynastic periods.

The associated small Middle East section displays objects from the areas of Assyrian and Babylonian culture. For decades, the Egyptian museum was located in the Munich Residenz, but it was moved to the Kunstareal in June 2013.

Address: Gabelsbergerstraße 35, 80333 München, Germany

Hours: Monday:Closed,

Tuesday: 10am–8pm

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturdays & Sundays: 10am–6pm

Telephone: +49 89 28927630

Website: http://www.smaek.de/index.php?id=999

Entrance was 7 Euros and media is available upon request, there is a large ticket and cloakroom/toilet facilities as well as a small shop.

The museum displays Ancient Egyptian artifacts, such as statues, sculptures, cult articles, papyri, stone tablets with hieroglyphics, glasswares, jewellery, amulets but also mummies, textiles and household goods.

About 2000 of more than 8000 objects are displayed permanently. There are also temporary exhibitions.

Below are a few pictures but to view the entire collection (800 photos) please visit: Flickr (MattAmunRe@Yahoo.com)

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Among the most distinguished exhibits are the famous duplex statue portraying the pharaoh Nyuserre Ini as a youth and as an elder man, the false door of the grave chamber of Menes, the statues of the pharaohs Amenemhat III, Ramses II, Thutmose III and Akhenaten, the sphinx of Sesostris III and of Amenhotep II, the sarcophagus lid of queen Sitdjehuti and the kneeling figure of Senenmut.

 

One of the most famous exhibits is the glass cup with the inscription of Thutmose III, the oldest glass vessel in the world (1450 BC).

The Hellenistic-Roman period is represented by master pieces such as the bust of a Seleucid ruler and the grand Egyptian statue of Antinous.

The obelisk of Titus Sextius Africanus in the atrium is 5.80 meters high, the central part dates from the 50 AD, the rest was added later and restored several times.

Very precious is the treasure of jewellery of the Nubian Queen Amanishakheto. The museum owns also the Assyrian Orthostates reliefs from the palace of king Ashur-nasir-pal II and a lion tile from the Ishtar Gate of Babylon which were once displayed in the Glyptothek.

 

 

National Museum, Warsaw

Visited on 26th January 2017

The National Museum in Warsaw, popularly abbreviated as MNW, is a national museum in Warsaw, one of the largest museums in Poland and the largest in the capital.

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It comprises a rich collection of ancient art (Egyptian, Greek, Roman), counting about 11,000 pieces, an extensive gallery of polish painting since the 16th century and a collection of foreign painting (Italian, French, Flemish, Dutch, German and Russian) including some paintings from Adolf Hitler’s private collection, ceded to the Museum by the American authorities in post-war Germany.

The museum is also home to numismatic collections, a gallery of applied arts and a department of oriental art, with the largest collection of Chinese art in Poland, comprising some 5,000 objects.

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Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 6pm (Closed Mondays)

Entry Fees: 15 Zloty (£3 approx)

Website: http://www.mnw.art.pl/en/

 

The Museum has a free cloakroom and free audio guides are available for the information desk.

*Photography is allowed without flash

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The Museum boasts the Faras Gallery with Europe’s largest collection of Nubian Christian art and the Gallery of Medieval Art with artefacts from all regions historically associated with Poland, supplemented by selected works created in other regions of Europe.

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The Professor Kazimierz Michałowski Faras Gallery is the only permanent exhibition in Europe featuring Medieval Nubian paintings from the Nile River Valley south of the First Cataract. The collection of over 60 paintings from the 8th to 14th centuries came from the cathedral in the city of Faras, a large urban centre in the Medieval kingdom of Nobadia, in present-day Sudan. Nobadian rulers controlling the Nile Valley from the first to the third cataracts converted to Christianity around 548 AD  influenced by  missionaries sent from Constantinople by the Empress Theodora. The first cathedral was erected in the 7th century, when the city was still known as Pachoras, and likely stood at the exact site where Polish archaeologists taking part in the Nubia Campaign discovered the subsequent 8th century cathedral.

The Egyptian Collection

Unfortunately most of the collection is currently in storage, however a few items are to be found in the museum and i have a number of photos taken of some of the collection when it was insitu.

At the Entrance can be found a giant statue of Sekhmet, the Lion headed goddess.

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This dark diorite statue is on loan from the Louvre in Paris and is dated at around the time of Amenhotep III 18th dynasty, (1390 – 1351BC). Sekhmet holds an ankh in her left hand and on the side of the throne it describes her as the “Lady of Food”.

Another cabinet has several smaller items including the painted wooden head from an outer coffin (332 – 30BC) a small white marble head of a woman (2nd – 3rd Century AD) and several first century lamps, bowls and jugs.

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The Museum has several mummies and coffins: dating from the 21st and 22nd Dynasties.

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Papyri

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Below can be found pictures of Stela, Ostraca and other stone artefacts.

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Statues and stone heads

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National Museum of Archaeology, Lisbon

Visited on 11th of December 2016

The National Archaeology Museum of Lisbon (Portuguese: Museu Nacional de Arqueologia) is located in Lisbon, Portugal. It is one of the most important Portuguese museums dedicated to Archaeology.

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Address: Praça do Império, 1400-026 Lisboa, Portugal

Telephone: +351 21 362 0000

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 6pm Closed Mondays

Admission 5 Euros (Free the first Sunday in any Month, not every Sunday as stated on website!)

Photography not permitted unless requested. Next to the reception are toilets and a self serving cloakroom with lockers and vending machines.

Website: http://www.museuarqueologia.pt/?a=0&x=2

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The museum was founded in 1893 by notable archaeologist José Leite de Vasconcelos, and since 1903 it occupies the Western wing of the Jerónimos Monastery, in the Belém district. The building of the museum used to be the dormitory of the monks, and was redecorated in neo-Manueline style in the second half of the 19th century. The museum is the most important centre for archaeological research in Portugal, and has a collection of finds from the whole country.

At the entrance there is agranite statue of a Lusitanian Warrior, dating from the 1st century AD and brought from Northern Portugal. The permanent exhibits are divided into Egyptian Antiquities and a collection of Treasures of Portuguese Archaeology, consisting mostly of notable metalwork dating from the Bronze and Iron Ages. The museum also possesses the most important Portuguese collection of Roman mosaics, mostly from Southern Portugal, but also from “Estremadura” (Póvoa de Cós) in the Centre.

Apart from its permanent collection, the museum often organises temporary exhibitions covering several subjects.

The Egyptian Room

The collection has over 500 pieces dating back to pre-history (c.6000-3000BC) and up to the Coptic period (395-642AD), representing most of the important periods of the Egyptian civilization.

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A- Egypt and The Nile.

As you enter you are greeted with a Stone Tablet of Udjat ‘The Eye of Horus’, this was the divine symbol of good and benevolence and resurrection, evoking the victory of good over evil. There is also a map of the Nile and Egypt.

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B- Funerary Objects and Objects of Daily Use.

Here are displays of Pre-history stone containers, objects used in daily life, epigraphy and lithic funerary inscriptions. Most would have been placed in tombs following the death of their owners.

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C- Funerary Practices

In the centre lies the anthropomorphic coffin that protects the muumy of Pabasa, a priest, which is surrounded by showcases of funerary statuettes, shaped as mummies, with the aim of performing agricultural labour for the deceased in the afterlife. Others, with amulets and beetles, whose function was to protect the Egyptians during death, as well as votive and servant statuettes.

Pabasa, lived during the Ptolemaic Period (303-30BC). He died aged around 40-50.

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D- Mummification

Rituals and preperations for the deceased’s journey into the afterlife are shown here. There are tow sarcophagi frm different periods with two human mummies, animal mummies (An Ibis, Hawk and Crocodiles), funerary masks, canopic jars, and votive vessels.

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The Mummy of Horsukmet, who lived between 285-30BC. He was between 50-60 years old when he died of prostate cancer.

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The Second mummy is Irtieru, who lived between 948-712BC, he was between 35-40 years old.

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The area also has four funerary cones, which display the names and titles of their owners. Placed on the walls of tombs, these are the interpreted as solar symbols where the names of the deceased are forever preserved.

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Below are bronze statuettes, ornaments and utensils.

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E- Greco-Roman Egypt

This unit presents a set of objects from the Coptic period, the moment of the Christianization of Egypt.

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Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal

Visited on the 10th of December 2016

Museu Calouste Gulbenkian

Address: Av. de Berna 45A, 1067-001 Lisboa, Portugal

Telephone:+351 21 782 3000

Opening Hours: Wenesday through to Monday. 10am – 6pm Closed Tuesdays!

Admission: 10 Euros (Adult)

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Website:  http://www.golisbon.com/sight-seeing/gulbenkian.html

 

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Northeast of Eduardo VII Park is the Gulbenkian Museum, one of the world’s great museums and one of Europe’s unsung treasures. Part of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, it houses a magnificent collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Islamic, Asian, and European art. It was substantially renovated and modernized in 2001.

This is one of the world’s finest private art collections, amassed over a period of 40 years by oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian, who was one of the 20th century’s wealthiest men. In his later years he adopted Portugal as his home, and donated all of his stupendous art treasures to the country when he died in 1955 at the age of 86.

The Museum has a downstairs cloakroom, toilets, café and shop.

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Egyptian Room

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Of the many highlights is a haunting gold Egyptian mummy mask, an exquisite 2700-year-old alabaster bowl, a series of bronze cats and other priceless treasures in the Egyptian section.

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Egyptian Museum, Bonn

Visited on Weds 22nd June 2016

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Bonn Egyptian Museum (German: Ägyptisches Museum Bonn) is an Ancient Egypt museum in Bonn, Germany. It presents a selection of the most important collection of original objects from Ancient Egypt in North Rhine-Westphalia. The museum is part of the University of Bonn.

Address: Regina-Pacis-Weg 7, 53113 Bonn

Telephone: 0228-739710 / 17

Opening times: Tuesday to Friday 1pm-5pm Saturday and Sunday 1pm-6pm

E-mail: https://www.aegyptisches-museum.uni-bonn.de/

Entry is 2.50 Euros for Adults

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Small shop inside and a small cloakroom is also available.Bonn Egyptian Museum (9.1)

Photos are permitted without flash.Please note all labels are in German with no English translations

 

 

The Collection – 3 routes to Egypt – The permanent exhibition of the Egyptian Museum of the University of Bonn

The Egyptian Museum has the richest collections of Egyptian antiquities in the Rhineland. As a university museum it comes to the role, not only to present knowledge of the Pharaonic culture, but also expose the conditions of the emergence of this knowledge.

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The showcase ceramic displays house selected examples of how pottery changed over time,what they say on the use and content and how the ceramics of different ethnic groups in Egypt are different.

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Tools and weapons demonstrate that stone in the Nile valley was a universal commodity, but also wood and metal were used.

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The showcase home and luxury shows that the underclass had at least minimal standards of comfort.

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As early civilization of Egypt is one of only four regions in the world, in which it the invention of writing came. Examples of monumental, italic, text on boulders and potsherds (Ostraca), papyrus and parchment provide an overview of the Egyptian literacy.

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With the ideology and religion of the Egyptians to deal four cabinets: Pharaoh, gods, animal worship, myth . Of the gods of the path leads to a large-scale model of the temple of Medinet Habu , from myth to the dying and rising god Osiris to death cult .

In three cases are objects relating to animal gods and animal mummification.

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A beautifully painted coffin passes through the largest showcase of the museum, in the arts and crafts can be admired.

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Three stunning portraits – from the Old Kingdom (2,400 BC), the Middle Kingdom (around 1900 BC) and the New Kingdom (ca. 1400 BCE) – to introduce the high level of sculpture. The relief of a slaughter scene from the Old Kingdom (2,400 BC), testifies to the possibilities, the Egyptian artist had in spite of a standardized type of human figures to represent foreshortenings and intersections.

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A stele from the Ptolemaic (around 100 BC) illustrates how the principles of alleged Egyptian flat art under Greek rule.

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The cultural and historical collection of Egyptian artifacts through the Pharonic ages are housed in eight large cabinets and several smaller cabinets.

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Pottery from the early history (4./3. Millennium BC) to the Late Period (1st millennium BC) can be seen here, among other things including: Stone objects, bronzes, wood objects, Shaptis etc. Single cabinets accommodate amulets and miniatures, scarabs, some with etched slabs and written documents.

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A particular focus of the study collection form the rich finds of the Qubbet el-Hawa , dating from the Old Kingdom to the Late Period. Among these are in Europe unique objects such as the large amount of described with althieratischer font clay pots, two of the commonly used only at the Qubbet el-Hawa painted shells and the remains of an ancient bronze casting workshop.

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The Third area; Pharaonic culture; the stock is always determined by coincidences of acquisition and the preferences of the collectors. In addition smaller objects such as Shabtis and amulets can be found here again outstanding individual pieces that tell of the aesthetic pleasure that the study of ancient Egypt prepares.

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