Ancient Egypt

The Collection’s Egyptology collection is small, but contains an interesting assortment of artefacts from Pharaonic Egypt, but also from pre-dynastic (prehistoric) Egypt.

Highlights of the collection include a human-headed canopic jar for use in mummification (representing the God Imsety, and which would have held the liver). There is also a range of small statuettes and talismans in stone, faience and bronze representing a range of Egyptian deities, and shabtis - models of servants placed within tombs.

The collection of Egyptian ceramics includes a number of attractive and complete examples of pre-dynastic ‘black-topped red wares’ which date to around 3,000BC, and were probably used to contain food in graves.