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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE COLLECTIONS BY REGION


THUMBNAIL IMAGE INDEX

EGYPT:

The Oriental Institute Museum houses nearly 30,000 Egyptian artifacts that were acquired through a combination of purchases and archaeological excavations. James Henry Breasted, who founded the Oriental Institute in 1919, purchased the core of the collection in Egypt between 1894 and 1935. During the same years, a broad range of artifacts was donated by the Egypt Exploration Fund (now Society) and the British School of Archaeology in Egypt. These gifts were an acknowledgment of the Oriental Institute's financial sponsorship of the work of British archaeologists and came from their excavations. In addition, the Oriental Institute's own excavations from 1926-1932 at Medinet Habu added extensive New Kingdom and later materials to the growing collection. Today, the Oriental Institute Museum's Egyptian collection is one of the largest and most complete in the United States. It is particularly strong in artifacts that illustrate aspects of ancient Egyptian daily life, religion, and funerary practices.


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Revised: January 16, 2002
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