Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Egyptian Gallery, Met Museum

The Egyptian Gallery in the Metropolitan Museum in New York is one of the biggest ones within the museum. The collection of ancient Egyptian art consists of approximately 26.000 objects of artistic, historical and cultural importance, dating from the Paleolithic to the Roman period , i.e. from 300.000 B.C. to the 4th century A.D.

The entire collection is located in the Lila Acheson Wallace Galleries of Egyptian Art, with objects arranged chronologically over thirty nine rooms.

However the Temple of Dendur is probably the most impressive ancient Egyptian exhibit. The Temple was a gift from Egypt towards the U.S. given in 1965. The Temple of Dendur was presented in recognition of American contributions to the UNESCO campaign to save Egyptian monuments in Nubia from the waters of the lake formed by the Aswan High Dam. 

These contributions came both from private sources and from a special congressional authorization requested by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. In 1967, acting on the recommendation of an advisory committee, President Lyndon B. Johnson awarded the temple to the Met, for permanent installation and exhibition. The Temple was officially opened to the public on September 27, 1978. 

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