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Musée des Beaux Arts ( Museum of Fine Art Lyon) Ancient Egyptian antiquities, art and artefacts. Pictures, photos and images of the museums Egyptian exhibits.

Ancient Egypt is the main theme of the Department of Antiquities of the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and the Egyptian collection it holds is the largest in France after that of the Louvre Museum. Of the thirteen rooms in the department, Egypt occupies nine. Victor Loret's family donated to the museum in 1954 more than a thousand objects. As early as 1895, the Louvre Museum provided nearly four hundred objects (ointment vases, funerary figurines, etc.) to constitute the department's collection; other objects (canopic vases, elements of adornment, as well as fabrics from the necropolis of Antinoe) complete this deposit a few years later, increased, in 1936, by objects from the village of Pharaoh's craftsmen in Deir el-Medina.

The almost two thousand six hundred pieces from the Egyptian collection kept at the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon, presented in nine rooms, are exhibited along a route that is both thematic and chronological. The highlights of the collection are the showcase of the sarcophagi (including the coffin of Isetemkheb, dating from the XXVI dynasty) and the doors of Ptolemy III and Ptolemy IV of the temple of Médamoud, brought back by the Lyonnais Alexandre Varille in 1939 and offered to the museum by the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology. Alongside these masterpieces and other exceptional pieces, many objects give a glimpse of everyday life in ancient Egypt.

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