Behind the Glass of the IEAA's Collection
At the University of Memphis, students have the ability to interact with objects from the collection of the Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology housed in the Art Museum of the University of Memphis. Each of these videos was written and produced by graduate students after selecting and researching an object.
The Hands That Wrote Egyptian History
By Melissa Thiringer
In Ancient Egypt, where the majority of the population could not read and write, only a select few were trained as scribes. Scribal palettes, like this one at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis, were a scribe's main writing tool. Come and learn about ancient Egyptian scribes and discover the secrets behind the owner of this scribal palette!
Reflection of Egypt
By Cannon Fairbairn
Ancient Egyptians took great pride in their appearance and mirrors, like this one on display at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis, were important parts of extensive cosmetic kits. As symbols of the sun and rebirth mirrors also played a role in assisting Egyptians in eventual rebirth in the next life.
The Silent Shabti
By Rachel Wilson
When walking into an Egyptian gallery, it is sometimes the smallest figurine who demands your attention. Ancient Egyptian shabtis are the servants of the Underworld, placed in tombs and activated by a spell to come alive and work for the deceased. This Late New Kingdom shabti of a man named Hori is on exhibit in the Egyptian Gallery at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis.