Visited on 18th March 2018
The Museum of Ethnology, Hamburg, was founded in 1879, and is now one of the largest museums of ethnology in Europe. They have approximately 350,000 objects in the collection and the museum is visited every year by about 180,000 visitors.
Address : Rothenbaumchaussee 64, 20148 Hamburg, Germany
Opening Hours : Tueday –Sunday 10am – 6pm (Closed Mondays)
Telehone : +49 40 4288790
It is located in the district Rotherbaum in the district Eimsbüttel
Public transit access : Hamburg Dammtor Railway Station
The archaeological excavations of the Deutsche Orient Gesellschaft (German Orient society) provided the foundation for the extensive Ancient Egyptian collection. In the spring of 1903, the museum acquired numerous artefacts excavated from the area around the pyramids, in Abusir, about 20 kilometres from Cairo. Among the objects discovered there were wall reliefs from burial sites, coffins and burial objects. In the same year Dr Martin Rücker Jenisch donated the mummy of the priest of Amun, Chonsu-maa-cheru in a finely painted coffin, to the museum.
The exhibits include weaponry, tools, furniture, jewellery and cosmetic utensils as well as coffins, mummies and burial objects.
Further significant inventory includes the valuable collection of Ancient Egyptian charms of Carl W. Lüders (1896)
A collection of flint tools from Seton-Karr (1902)
Artefacts belonging to Willie Gehlsen including extensive Roman-Coptic draperies (1920)
The collection of Coffins and Mummies:
The Outer Coffin of Pabastet 22nd Dynasty: the trough and coffin lid are made from two planks and the cartonnage is adorned with pictures and texts from the deceased from his embalming to his path to the afterlife.
The Coffin of a young girl Ta-Aparet-set who died at around 3-4 years of age and was perfectly mummified, the coffin is painted black and the face gilded in yellow. The texts invoke various deities to protect the dead girl who was wrapped in a painted linen sheet, bonded with linen strips and fastened to the body with narrow thongs.
A Mummiform coffin of an unnamed person. The face is painted with the eyes wide open framed by a large wig with a large collar of flowers held in place with two falcon head clasps at the shoulder. An inscription runs vertically down the coffin overlaid by a black jackal – Anubis – the god of embalming. Another inscription runs around the pedestal with standard texts of offerings but no name which suggests the coffin was already painted before it was purchased for use.
The full range of photos can be found at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127735911@N08/albums/72157664947640797