A Mummy Portrait Returns to the Royal Ontario Museum

Excavations during the late nineteenth century in Egypt’s Fayum revealed a large number of mummy portraits dating to Roman times. The portraits display the faces of many inhabitants of Roman Egypt in a naturalised fashion and these quickly became popular around the world. Recently, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto reacquired a mummy portrait…

Papyri in the Victoria University Collection: Hibeh I 54

In the mid twentieth century, the University of Toronto built a new library to house its vast research collections. Today, Robarts Library is not only known as one of the largest university libraries in North America, but also impresses with its brutalist architecture. The Nile Scribes recently visited a collection of Egyptian papyri in possession of…

Visiting the Glyptoteket in Copenhagen

This week, our guest blogger Katherine Piper is back from Copenhagen to share her thoughts on the Egyptian galleries at the Glyptoteket. The Glyptoteket boasts a stunning collection of Egyptian and Nubian objects, many of which were acquired through the sponsorship of such notable archaeologists as W.M. Flinders Petrie, John Garstang, and Francis Llewellyn Griffith.

“Egypt: The Time of the Pharaohs” at the Royal BC Museum

It has been over 14 years since the British Museum’s Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art from the British Museum was displayed on the Canadian West Coast. Now, ancient Egypt returns to Victoria, BC with Egypt: the Time of the Pharaohs at the Royal BC Museum. On display until December 31, 2018, it features over 300 artefacts…

Meeting the “Queens of Egypt” in Montréal

Having opened in early April at Pointe-à-Callière in Montréal, Canada, the new exhibition Reines d’Égypte (Queens of Egypt) invites visitors on a tour of the east and west banks of the Nile during the New Kingdom. The Nile Scribes were able to visit Pointe-à-Callière this summer and see this special exhibition for ourselves. Including objects from temple, palace, and…

Visiting the Museo Egizio in Turin

This week, our guest blogger Katherine Piper is back from Italy to tell us her thoughts on the Museo Egizio in Turin. The largest Egyptian heritage museum outside of Egypt, the Museo Egizio’s history stretches back to the earliest days of Egyptology. In addition to the famous so-called Turin King-List, the museum is well-known for…

Collecting Ancient Egypt at Lisbon’s Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

The Museu Calouste Gulbenkian grew out of the personal collection of its name-sake: Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian. Today, the museum is one of Lisbon’s most well-known destinations. He was born in Istanbul to a rich, Armenian family in 1869. At a young age, he went to study French in Marseilles before continuing his studies at King’s…

Ancient Egyptian Footwear at the Bata Shoe Museum

As you make your way north on St. George Street in downtown Toronto towards the similarly named subway station, you may notice a building shaped like a shoebox. The Bata Shoe Museum is dedicated to the cultural and creative uses of shoes throughout the world: from heels and seal fur boots to astronaut footwear. Their…

Ancient Egypt at the Dallas Museum of Art

In 1997, an exhibit entitled Searching for Ancient Egypt that showcased Egyptian objects from the University of Pennsylvania Museum illustrated the overwhelming popularity of Egyptian objects among North Texan audiences that continues to this day. In recent years, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) has hosted several Egyptian exhibitions including Tutankhamun and the Golden Age…

Andrew Carnegie and Pittsburgh’s Ancient Egypt Collection

Known as the ‘Steel City’, Pittsburgh is a bustling metropolis in western Pennsylvania and is well-known for its long-time connections to Andrew Carnegie. An immigrant from Scotland who moved to the United States at the age of 13, Carnegie’s family settled in the area around Allegheny. Carnegie would go on to become a wealthy steel…