The Ancient Egypt Site

Museum Overview

The LA County Museum of Art (LACMA) consists of seven buildings which take up twenty acres in the heart of Los Angeles. It is the biggest art museum in the western United States. At the LACMA one can see artwork from all over the world but it has particularly special Asian, Latin American and Islamic collections.

This huge complex is actually undergoing a 10 year expansion and renovation project which started in 2008. This program known as the "Transformation" is being designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. In the first phase of the project an open-air pavilion called the BP Grand Entrance was introduced together with the very big and impressive Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM). 

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Egyptian Collection

Los Angeles County Museum The Egyptian collection holds approximately 2000 works spanning Egyptian history from the fourth millennium B.C. to the seventh century A.D. There are many interesting pieces of art in this collection and some particular highlights are Predynastic stone palettes and vessels, Old Kingdom tomb reliefs, bronze figures of deities and a 21st Dynasty sarcophagus (coffin).

Before being placed in the sarcophagus a ruler or wealthy Egyptian's body would be embalmed and wrapped in linen so that the spirit (ka) could recognize and return to its body during the afterlife. The person's face was also drawn on the lid of the coffin (inside and outside) in an attempt to prevent the disintegration of the dead person's facial features. Other images on the sarcophagus depict deities accompanying the dead on his voyage to the afterlife. The idea is that these images will make the journey as smooth as possible. 

Userhat and KhaAnother highlight in the Egyptian collection is the "Pair Statue of Userhat and Kha". The statue shows a seated couple, Userhat, the King's scribe and overseer of the granaries at Thebes (Luxor today), and his wife, Kha. From this interesting statue we can learn a lot from the many inscriptions that were inscribed in its granite.

One interesting story is that a visitor to Karnak temple tried to claim this statue by making inscriptions on blank spaces on the granite about a century after Userhat and Kha placed their statue in the temple, but because of the earlier inscriptions experts knew that his claim was a false one.  

Visitors of this impressive collection come away having learned a lot about the history of Egypt through the history of Egyptian art. 

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  The Ancient Egypt Site Egyptian Collections in the US
  The History of Ancient Egypt   Carlos Museum in Atlanta
  Monuments and Sites of Ancient Egypt LA County Museum of Arts
  The Language of Ancient Egypt   Metropolitan Museum in New York
  Ancient Egypt from A to Z   Oriental Institute Museum in Chicago
  . World Wide Ancient Egypt   Walters Art Museum in Baltimore

- Egyptian Collection at the LA County Museum of Art -