The MET : Gallery 123 : Large Sculpture from Dynasty 19 to 26 (ca. 1300–600 B.C.)
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ANTELOPE HEAD 525 – 404 B.C., Metropolitan Museum, Large Sculpture from Dynasty 19 to 26
PART OF A CEILING FROM THE TOMB OF BAKENRENEF 664 – 610 B.C., Metropolitan Museum, Large Sculpture from Dynasty 19 to 26
HEAD OF A GODDESS ca. 1295 – 1270 B.C., Metropolitan Museum, Large Sculpture from Dynasty 19 to 26
It is worth mentioning that all these artworks belong to the ancient Egyptian civilisation.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 123
The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 123 houses a variety of sculptures excavated from ancient Egyptian dynasties. Egyptologists segregate the country’s ancient history into 30 dynasties, each of which represents a group of rulers who were from the same family. This particular gallery at the Metropolitan Museum attempts to synopsize the era spanning 7 such dynasties, from ca. 1295 B.C., considered part of New Kingdom period to ca. 600 B.C., which is part of the Late period in Egypt.
Apart from the three works mentioned above, another notable object housed in The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 123 is the Doorjamb from a Temple of Ramesses II, a granite relief that is believed to originate from the mortuary temple of the great king.
Ramesses II was the third king in the 19th Dynasty in Egypt and is popularly known among historians as Ramesses the Great. This moniker is due to both the number of temples he funded during his reign, as well as the success that the army had during this period. It is interesting to note that Ramesses II was also the second longest reigning king in the history of Egypt.
For Historians as well as Egyptology enthusiasts alike, the Metropolitan Museum of art provides the perfect environment for exploration and study, through its 26,000 objects and artefacts.
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