The Egyptian collection at the Musée du Louvre is spectacular… and so is the building in which it is displayed. You can spend hours and hours there without even seeing the Mona Lisa! It was only my second visit to the Louvre that I found time to go see the Italian galleries and on my third to see the rest of the European collections. The Egyptian antiquities are that spectacular!
Princess Nefertiabet and her lovely leopard dress (detail), Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4
Two spouses and their son (detail), Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4.
Statuette of Satnem and other accessories, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18
The goddess Isis nursing her son Horus, Late Period, Dynasty 26 or 27.
The Louvre’s famous Seated Scribe, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4 or 5.
Wooden vase belonging to Huy painted to look like alabaster, unknown date
The goddess Isis, Ptolemaic Period.
Beautifully wrapped mummy covered with cartonnage plaques, Ptolemaic Period
Bust of the female pharaoh Sobeknefru
Faience funerary servants (ushabtis), Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21.