4 Nile Valley Exhibits in North America this Fall

This month many of us are preparing for another academic semester, as teachers or as students. This fall promises to be an exciting season as several compelling exhibitions will be on display in North American museums in Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and Quebec. The Nile Scribes are excited about these four upcoming exhibitions about the Nile Valley cultures…

Exploring Toronto’s Coptic Museum

The Coptic Faith emerged in Egypt over 2,000 years ago and the Coptic Orthodox Church still makes up a sizable minority of the Egyptian population today. Several Coptic churches now call the Greater Toronto Area their home, but in 1987 Toronto became the first city in all of North America to host a Coptic church:…

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…