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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 122

The MET : Gallery 122 : Study Gallery with Amarna Period and Late New Kingdom Objects

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For Museum GuideArt From Us brings you three works from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the MET) NY’s Gallery 122. They are :

SHROUD OF HORI ca. 1295 – 1070 B.C., Metropolitan Museum, Study Gallery with Amarna Period and Late New Kingdom Objects.

TRIAL PIECE WITH RELIEF HEAD OF AKHENATAN ca. 1353 – 1336 B.C. Metropolitan Museum, Study Gallery with Amarna Period and Late New Kingdom Objects.

MAGICAL FUNERARY FIGURE ca. 1550 – 1186 B.C. Metropolitan Museum, Study Gallery with Amarna Period and Late New Kingdom Objects.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 122 represents a slice in time of Egypt’s history. As you come face-to-face with the objects and artefacts in this particular room, you are sure to be spell-bound. Primarily discovered in excavations led by William Flinders Petrie, the Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 122 provides us with a portal to Ancient Egypt. There is one other explorer – Theodore M. Davis who we must credit. In order to discover who they were and what they did, read on.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 122

Who was Sir William Flinders Petrie?

Sir William Flinders Petrie was a 19th century archeologist and Egyptologist of British origin. Sir Petrie made several significant contributions to his field. One such contribution is his systematic method that aided in determining the dates of ancient architecture. Many consider this to be his most important contribution to the field. Petrie’s interest in the Egyptian civilization was sparked through a fascination with the Pyramid of Giza and arguably peaked when he discovered the Stele of Merneptah in Thebes in 1896.

Petrie dedicated 40 years of his life to decoding ancient mysteries in the Middle East. He discovered the remains of the Statue of Ramesses II in  1884, and he established that the ancient Greeks had traded with Egyptians colonies on the banks of the Nile. Until recent changes brought about by technological advancements, it was Petrie’s methods that were used for carrying out excavations throughout the Middle East.

Who was Theodore Davis?

Theodore M. Davis was a lawyer with an undying passion for Egyptian history. As a result, he funded several excavations in the Middle East, one of the most significant being in the Valley of the Kings. Upon his death, he bequeathed a large collection of objects including ones found through self-funded expeditions in Egypt, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Some of these artefacts are on display today at The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 122.

Why Visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 122

We at Art From Us feel that The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 122 is the perfect place to visit. Why? Besides making you feel like Indiana Jones and Lara Croft, the Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 122 is the perfect gateway to ancient cultures. Yes, the MET as a whole provides us with that exact experience. However, what is extremely special about the Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 122 is that we get to relive Petrie’s and Davis’ excitement. Their love for Egypt is palpable in every artefact displayed. As you re-discover these ancient treasures and relics at The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 122


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