Egyptian Artifacts Displayed at WC
A unique collection of ancient Egyptian funerary artifacts, many never before shown to the public, were on display in the Kohl Gallery at Washington College in Fall 2011. The exhibition “For Now and Forever: Funerary Artifacts from Ancient Egypt” opened Friday, September 9 and continued through December 2.
Exhibition curator Fatma Ismail, a lecturer in Art at the College, says the 33 items in the show dated from the 3rd century CE to the 3rd millennium BCE and include funerary and votive objects in bronze, wood, stone and faience. Except for one object from the Johns Hopkins University Archaeological Museum, all the objects came from a private collection in Baltimore whose owners wished to remain anonymous.
“Students and visitors will see a range of objects that include animal statuary, a wooden mask and coffin, representations of different Egyptian gods and goddesses, and an early dynastic jar,” says Ismail. “These artifacts reveal how the ancient Egyptians prepared for their journey to the afterlife. And they illustrate how a fundamental human concern, the nature of life and death, connects us all” said Ismail, in preparation for the show.
Ismail, who earned her Ph.D. from the Near Eastern Department of the Johns Hopkins University in 2009, has been part of the University’s excavation team at the Temple Precinct of the Goddess Mut at Karnak in Luxor, Egypt. A highly interdisciplinary scholar, she studies early religions and the history and civilization of North Africa and the Near East. She has worked on nationally prominent exhibitions, including “Faces of Ancient Arabia: The Giraud and Carolyn Foster Collection of South Arabian Art” at the Walters Art Gallery and “Quest For Immortality: Treasures Of Ancient Egypt” at The National Gallery of Art.