Join Dr Margaret Maitland as she sheds light on the stories featured in the National Museum of Scotland’s new exhibition, The Tomb: Ancient Egyptian Burial.

From the initial excavation to modern detective work, Margaret will discuss new research into our ancient Egyptian collections, which were amongst the first Egyptian objects ever seen in Scotland. 

Dr Margaret Maitland is Senior Curator of the Ancient Mediterranean at National Museums Scotland.

  • Mummy shroud for the previously unknown son of the Roman-era high-official Montsuef and his wife Tanuat, named Aaemka, c. 9BC.

    Mummy shroud for the previously unknown son of the Roman-era high-official Montsuef and his wife Tanuat, named Aaemka, c. 9BC.
  • Box of cedar wood with ebony veneers and ivory inlays and gilding depicting the god Bes and bearing the cartouches of Amenhotep II: Ancient Egyptian, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, c.1427-1400 BC.

    Box of cedar wood with ebony veneers and ivory inlays and gilding depicting the god Bes and bearing the cartouches of Amenhotep II: Ancient Egyptian, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, c.1427-1400 BC.
  • Pair statue in fine yellow sandstone of a Chief of the Police and his wife seated side by side, wearing long pleated robes, collars and heavy wigs: Ancient Egyptian, excavated at Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Thebes, 19th Dynasty, c.1291-1188BC.

    Pair statue in fine yellow sandstone of a Chief of the Police and his wife seated side by side, wearing long pleated robes, collars and heavy wigs: Ancient Egyptian, excavated at Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Thebes, 19th Dynasty, c.1291-1188BC.
  • Mummy-mask of gilded and painted linen and plaster cartonnage, depicting Montsuef wearing a lappet-wig: Ancient Egyptian, c.9BC

    Mummy-mask of gilded and painted linen and plaster cartonnage, depicting Montsuef wearing a lappet-wig: Ancient Egyptian, c.9BC
  • Stela of wood covered with gesso and painted, showing the Lady of the House Ta-kai worshipping Ra-Horakhty as a falcon-headed god seated on a throne: Ancient Egyptian, from Thebes, 22nd Dynasty, Third Intermediate Period, c.945-715BC.

    Stela of wood covered with gesso and painted, showing the Lady of the House Ta-kai worshipping Ra-Horakhty as a falcon-headed god seated on a throne: Ancient Egyptian, from Thebes, 22nd Dynasty, Third Intermediate Period, c.945-715BC.
  • Shabti box and contents in white painted wood, of rectangular shape with a funerary prayer to Ra-Horakhty: Ancient Egyptian, 25th Dynasty, Third Intermediate Period, c.945-715BC.

    Shabti box and contents in white painted wood, of rectangular shape with a funerary prayer to Ra-Horakhty: Ancient Egyptian, 25th Dynasty, Third Intermediate Period, c.945-715BC.
  • Statuette of a jackal in wood, painted black, with eyes and brows outlined in red, probably originally from the lid of a qrsw-coffin: Ancient Egyptian, excavated at Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Thebes, 25th-26th Dynasty, Third Intermediate Period, c.747-525BC.

    Statuette of a jackal in wood, painted black, with eyes and brows outlined in red, probably originally from the lid of a qrsw-coffin: Ancient Egyptian, excavated at Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Thebes, 25th-26th Dynasty, Third Intermediate Period, c.747-525BC.
  • Canopy of sycamore-fig wood painted in red, black, blue, yellow and white in the shape of a shrine, with an arched roof and corner-posts : Ancient Egyptian, excavated at Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Thebes, c.9BC.

    Canopy of sycamore-fig wood painted in red, black, blue, yellow and white in the shape of a shrine, with an arched roof and corner-posts : Ancient Egyptian, excavated at Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Thebes, c.9BC.
  • Wreath of twelve gold-foil leaves attached to a ring of copper, found on the mummy of Montsuef: Ancient Egyptian, excavated at Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Thebes, c.9BC

    Wreath of twelve gold-foil leaves attached to a ring of copper, found on the mummy of Montsuef: Ancient Egyptian, excavated at Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Thebes,  c.9BC

 

In association with the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

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Exhibition
The Tomb
Ancient Egyptian Burial

The Tomb presents the story of one extraordinary tomb, built around 1290BC and reused for over 1000 years.
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Ancient Egyptian collection

National Museums Scotland’s Ancient Egyptian collection comprises around 6,000 items. Explore its rich treasures here.
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Event information

When

8 May 2017
18:00-19:00 (doors open 17:45)

Where

Auditorium, Level 1. Entry via Lothian Street.

How much

Free but booking essential

Booking information

Age 14+. Call the Society of Antiquaries on 0131 247 4133 or book online.

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