Ancient Egypt


Glasgow Museums has a collection of approximately 5,000 Ancient Egyptian objects. These date from the Predynastic Period through to the beginning of the Islamic Period (5500 BC–AD 641). This collection is the third largest of its kind in Scotland. It offers a representative sample of typical Egyptian objects, largely from a funerary context. These include pottery, shabtis, amulets, scarabs, beadwork, cartonnage, figurines, soul-houses, offering trays, hieroglyphic inscriptions (particularly those on stelae and sculptured reliefs), funerary cones, cosmetic equipment, textiles and mummified human and animal remains. There is also an important collection of sculptures and flints from the Egyptian copper and turquoise mines at Wadi Maghara and Serabit el-Khadim in Sinai, a small collection of Predynastic flints from domestic sites in the Eastern Desert, a collection of representative coffins dating from the Middle Kingdom to the Ptolemaic Period, and a substantial collection of domestic material from the Greco-Roman town of Oxyrhynchus. The Egyptian collection began in 1877 and, until 1914, received most of its objects through subscription to the Egypt Exploration Fund. Since then the collection has expanded through the gifts and bequests of private collectors. Some 5,000 objects from all periods of Egyptian civilisation are represented from the Predynastic through to the Islamic Periods. In addition, the collection donated to the City of Glasgow in 1944 by Sir William Burrell includes some 300 fine, but mostly unprovenanced, examples of Egyptian art

Broader term

Ancient Civilizations

Narrower term

Coptic Egypt

Early Dynastic Egypt

Egyptian First Intermediate Period

Egyptian Late Period

Egyptian Middle Kingdom

Egyptian New Kingdom

Egyptian Old Kingdom

Egyptian Third Intermediate Period

Predynastic Egypt

Ptolemaic Egypt

Roman Egypt

Key Objects

Key Objects