In the Shadow of the Pyramids – Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

A few days after my return from Egypt I had the opportunity to visit Copenhagen with the Friends of the Petrie Museum to explore the amazing Egyptian collections there. We were lucky to be able to attend the opening of the new exhibition In the Shadow of the Pyramids at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

This new exhibition focuses on finds from Flinders Petrie’s excavations in Egypt now held in the Glyptoteks Collection.

Itenhab's stela, from Harageh

This exhibition, curated by Tine Bagh brought together many fine examples found during Petrie’s excavations – from wall fragments to Canopic jars, heads to stela and reliefs. The exhibition was stunning in both it’s presentation and in the quality of the artifacts selected for inclusion.

Paste-filled wall relief from the chapel of Atet, Meydum

The morning after the opening the curator, Tine gave us a tour of the exhibition which was fascinating. She discussed specific pieces in the exhibition and why they had been selected, their links to other collections worldwide and the sites from which they had been excavated. It was fabulous to be able to have this opportunity, her time, and expertise.

Canopic jars from Tomb, Riqqeh

I have selected a few of the exhibits here which particularly caught my eye. The wall fragment below is a very fine example and shows the quality of the exhibition as a whole.

Wall Relief with King, Ramses II (?), Memphis

The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek houses one of the most exciting collections of Ancient Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek and Roman sculpture that I have ever seen. A lifetimes drawing opportunities all there under one roof!

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