RECENT ACQUISITIONS

In March 2006, our museum received a spectacular gift of 9 ancient Egyptian objects from the Harer Family Trust. The oldest among the donated objects is a Predynastic cosmetic fish-shaped palette with the remains of red-ochre powder. The two most mesmerizing objects, however, are a rare Third Intermediate Period polychrome wood statue of Osiris and a set of Third Intermediate Period stone canopic jars with hieratic inscriptions (see photographs). These objects - the all time favorites of our visitors - are now added to the museum's permanent holdings of close to 100 Egyptian antiquities (most of them gifts of the Harer Family Trust). They will be back on display by June 2006. More than 300 other Egyptian objects are housed in our museum as an extended loan from the Harer Family Trust and other collectors.

COSMETIC PALETTE (FISH PALETTE)
graywacke
Egypt, Predynastic Period, Nagada II, c. 3650-3300 BC
EL01.027.1996

SET OF FOUR CANOPIC JARS
limestone with black ink inscriptions
Egypt, Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty 21 – 24, 1085-715 BC

STATUE OF OSIRIS
painted gesso on wood
Egypt, Third Intermediate Period, 1069-664 BC

ART OF ANCIENT EGYPT EXHIBITION
Courtesy of Christie's Images