Egyptian Museum, Cairo and Auguste Mariette

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, known commonly as the Egyptian Museum, in Cairo, is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities. It has 120,000 items, with a representative amount on display, the remainder in storerooms.

Egyptian Museum

Egyptian Museum

The Egyptian Museum contains many important pieces of ancient Egyptian history. It houses the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities, and many treasures of King Tutankhamen.

Front yard of the museum

Front yard of the museum

Front yard of the museum

Front yard of the museum; Nile Ritz Carlton、Memorial of Auguste Ferdinand Mariette and Lion head of the Sphinx

For the Cairo Riot, I was not able to stay at the hotel of Nile Ritz-Carlton that suspended its business.

Front yard of the museum

Front yard of the museum

Upper photograph is Ramses II statue, Memorial of Auguste Mariette and the building burned by the mob in the Cairo Riot.

You should know Auguste Mariette before entering the display room of the Egyptian museum.

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Auguste Mariette was born at Boulogne-sur-Mer, France.

Auguste Ferdinand Mariette (1821 – 1881) was a French scholar and archaeologist, one of the early pioneers of Egyptology. He became famous for his discoveries at Saqqara and Memphis, the vast ancient burial ground. He excavated a large quantity of valuable antiquities there. Although originally sent to Egypt under the auspices of the French government, and thus obliged to send his findings to France for display in the Louvre, Mariette believed that the findings should remain in Egypt. He stayed in Egypt personally and spent the rest of his life, and continued excavating there. He founded of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, which became the foremost repository of Egyptian antiquities. Mariette’s work was significant in opening the field of Egyptology, bringing knowledge of this early civilization to the West, while at the same time advocating for the right of the Egyptian nation to retain ownership of its own historical artifacts.

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