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Egyptian Gallery: Funerary Beliefs
A selection of statues and stelae from private tombs, mainly of the Old and Middle Kingdoms are exhibits in the east end of the Egyptian gallery. These include reliefs which give a vivid idea of life in the ancient Egyptian court, for one fragment from a tomb was dedicated by the "Overseer of the Royal Manicurists, Kawbaptah," and another statue was commissioned by the "Overseer of the Royal Confectioners." Beyond that case is a 17-foot tall statue which is thought to represent King Tutankhamun. It was excavated by the Oriental Institute at Medinet Habu. A rare Middle Kingdom statue of a king named Sobekhotep (Dynasty 13, ca. 1784 B.C.) is located next to a cast of the bust of Queen Nefertiti, the original of which is in the Egyptian Museum, Berlin. The end of the gallery is dominated by a 40 ton sculpture of a winged bull from Assyria. The bull, called a lamassu, was so large that it had to be inserted through the wall as the gallery was being built in 1930. It was excavated by the Oriental Institute at Khorsabad, in northern Iraq. It dates to about 705 B.C.
Revised: February 19, 2007