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Gallery of Egyptian Art

The Egyptian Art Gallery at the Met is one of the most expansive collections of Egyptian art outside Egypt.

It showcases a wide array of artifacts illuminating ancient Egypt’s complex society and rich cultural heritage. 

The gallery is meticulously curated to provide an immersive experience, allowing visitors to walk through the history corridors and marvel at ancient Egypt’s achievements.

What Does It Contain

The gallery’s collection is vast and varied, containing over 26,000 objects that range from monumental stone sculptures to delicate jewelry. 

These artifacts are carefully displayed to narrate the story of ancient Egypt, from everyday life to the grandeur of royal tombs. 

The collection includes items such as statues, sarcophagi, mummies, amulets, papyrus scrolls, and household items that offer insights into religious beliefs and artistic practices.

One of the gallery’s most remarkable features is its period rooms and architectural elements, including a model of a rock-cut tomb from the New Kingdom and the Temple of Dendur.

The tomb is a gift from Egypt to the United States, which stands as a centerpiece. 

This temple, dating back to 15 B.C., was saved from the rising waters of the Nile and reconstructed within the museum.

Key Masterpieces You Should Visit

The Temple of Dendur: This ancient temple is dedicated to the goddess Isis and the gods Harpocrates and Osiris. 

It is an architectural marvel and a centerpiece of the gallery. 

Its detailed carvings and inscriptions offer a unique glimpse into ancient Egypt’s religious practices and rituals.

The Statue of Hatshepsut: This imposing statue of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut seated on a throne showcases the power and prestige of one of Egypt’s most successful rulers. 

The statue’s craftsmanship highlights the advanced artistic skills of ancient Egyptian sculptors.

The Sarcophagus of Wennefer: This beautifully decorated sarcophagus is an exquisite example of ancient Egyptian funerary art.

It provides insight into the beliefs surrounding death and the afterlife.

The detailed hieroglyphics and intricate designs illustrate the importance of funerary practices in ancient Egypt.

The Book of the Dead of the Priest of Horus, Imhotep: This papyrus scroll is a part of the famous “Book of the Dead.” 

It contains spells and incantations designed to guide the deceased through the underworld and into the afterlife. 

It is a fascinating artifact that reveals much about ancient Egyptian religious beliefs and practices.

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