The Joseph and Mary Grimshaw Egyptian Gallery

The Joseph and Mary Grimshaw Egyptian Gallery contains nearly 800 objects dating from the Predynastic period through the Byzantine period (5000 BC–AD 600). A 17-foot- tall statue of King Tutankhamun stands at the entrance of the gallery. After an introduction to chronology, the gallery is arranged thematically around the topics of writing, kingship, funerary beliefs (tombs, mummification, protection of the dead, and mummies), and daily life (art, clothing, tools, jewelry, food, music, and games). Highlights of the gallery include the brightly painted coffin of a temple singer named Meresamun, a written account of the first labor strike in history (ca. 1182–1151 BC), an annuity contract between a man and his wife written in flowing demotic script in about 365 BC, and a group of statues from a tomb that show people engaged in everyday tasks dating to 2477 BC.