This online gallery serves as an accompaniment to the corresponding Ancient Egypt tour offered at the MFA. A particular focus is given towards objects representing Egyptian pharaohs, the practice of mummification, and Egypt's deities.
Abstract: This online gallery serves as an accompaniment to the corresponding Ancient Egypt tour offered at the MFA. A particular focus is given towards objects representing Egyptian pharaohs, the practice of mummification, and Egypt's deities.
Description: The MFA's Egyptian collection is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world. Much of the collection derives from the excavations overseen by Dr. George A. Reisner, from 1905-1942, on behalf of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston as well as Harvard University. Through formal agreements with the Egyptian government, in addition to private gifts, purchases and exchanges, the collection features objects including, but not limited to, famous sites such as the Pyramids of Giza and King Tutankhamun's tomb.
Learning Goals: In exploring this lesson students will...
- Be introduced to some of the most well known aspects of Egyptian material culture, as well as Ancient Egypt's chronological place in the history of ancient civilizations.
- Explore how elites presented themselves as artistic representations.
- Learn about the significance of death and the afterlife in elite Egyptian society, as seen with objects used in the ritual of mummification.
- Gain a foothold on understanding the writing system of hieroglpyhs that adorn Egyptian art and architecture.
Using this Resource: Elementary and Middle School teachers who may be covering ancient cultures, particularly Egypt, in social studies lessons will be interested in using this lesson as a visual supplement. For sample related classroom activities, download the PDFs available under Related Resources at the bottom of this page. The objects in this lesson are just a beginning. We encourage you to explore the Museum's online collection through this web source - or even better, to visit the Museum and walk through the physical galleries - to look for other objects that will provide further insights into this segment of the Art of Ancient Egypt.