MUSEUM GALLERY TOUR: Egyptian Collection at the Michael C. Carlos Museum Find us
Date: Sunday, September 29, 2013, 2:00pm
Chapter: Georgia (Atlanta)
Speaker: Dr. Peter Lacovara, Senior Curator of Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum
Location: Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 South Kilgo Circle NE, Atlanta, GA 30322. Directions and parking information can be found on the Emory University website.
This lecture is free and open to the public.
Description: The collection of Ancient Egyptian and Nubian antiquities at the Michael C. Carlos Museum covers the full spectrum of Nile Valley civilization, from the earliest Prehistoric times, to the period of Roman domination. At the core of the collection are the artifacts acquired by Emory professor William Shelton, who traveled to Egypt in 1920. The collection has experienced tremendous growth, beginning in 1999 with the purchase of Egyptian antiquities from a small, private museum in Niagara Falls, Canada. The objects from the Niagara Falls Museum had been purchased in Egypt during the early 1860s, and include ten mummies, nine coffins, and a variety of other artifacts. The Niagara collection consists primarily of funerary material from the 21st Dynasty (ca. 1070–946 BC) to the Roman Period (ca. 31 BC–395 AD), a time of great achievement in the funerary arts.
Included in the 1999 purchase was a previously unidentified male mummy. Through research and collaboration with Emory University medical experts, Carlos Museum scholars determined it to be that of the pharaoh Ramesses I. The museum returned the mummy to Egypt in 2003 as a gift of goodwill and international cultural cooperation. Learn more about Ramesses I.
The galleries have just re-opened after an extensive refurbishment which included the addition of nearly 100 recently acquired masterworks.
Join Dr. Lacovara for a gallery talk and tour of the remounted Egyptian collection.
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF MUSEUMS
The International Council of Museums, in an effort to fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods, compiles the Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk. This list aims to help art and heritage professionals and law enforcement officials identify Egyptian objects that are protected by national and international legislations. View the Red List for Egypt.