Collection of Ancient Egyptian Art at the MET

#NEW YORK The Ancient Egyptian Art collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (The MET) consists of about 26,000 art objects, from the Paleolithic to the Roman period (about 300,000 B.C. – 4th century B.C.). Chronologically arranged in about forty rooms, the objects reflect the aesthetic values, history, religious beliefs and daily life of Ancient Egypt, this great civilization. One of the most popular rooms in Egyptian galleries undoubtedly remains the temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing. Built around 15 BC by the Roman Emperor Augustus, who succeeded Cleopatra VII, the last of Egypt’s Ptolemaic rulers, the temple was dedicated to the great goddess Isis and the two sons of a local Nubian ruler who had helped the Romans in their wars with the Queen of Meroe in the south. Located in Lower Nubia, about fifty kilometres south of modern Aswan, the temple was dismantled to save it from the rising waters of Lake Nasser after the construction of the Aswan High Dam. This unique legacy was offered to the United States by the Egyptian government in recognition of the American contribution to the international campaign to safeguard the ancient Nubian monuments.

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